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Years ago, there was a big difference between drugstore beauty products and that of department and specialty stores. Consistency, longevity, ingredient list… you got what you paid for. No more, when many drugstore brands have better ingredients, better manufacturing practices, and make their products often in the same factories as their more expensive sisters.
I used to be a hair product snob, and only bought what was sold by my stylist (or the same brand bought online for cheaper). I knew the damaging effects of sufates, I had enough stylists tell me the horrors of drugstore products to choose the fancy stuff to protect my color, my tresses, and even my health. But recently, a lot of drugstore hair brands have improved like their aisle next-door neighbors, makeup and skincare. I started trying different products from the haircare aisles of CVS, Target, and Walgreens and have had mixed, though primarily pretty positive results.
When I went shorter with my hair last summer, I really wanted that tousled bedhead “French girl” look. Nothing too polished, too shiny, too perfect. Every advice column suggested Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray to achieve the look, but there was no way in hell I’d spend $40 for a bottle of hairspray. I tried Garnier’s Texture Tease and liked it (my review), thanks to my friend Erin’s recommendation I bought Not Your Mother’s Double Take and liked it even more than Garnier but didn't love it. I've tried more dry shampoos than I can count, but neither really achieved the It Hair in my head.
We got a tax refund this year, which is rare when you own your own businesses and have fluctuating years. Go insane medical bills! Anyway, I decided to give myself a little treat and bought a bottle of Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. Heck, I could spend such money on a mediocre dinner, a clearance dress I only wear once, what if it IS the Holy Grail of French Girl Hair?
Um, it is.
I didn’t want to write this. I so wanted to say it’s no better than NYM or Garnier… but it’s not. This is a very fine mist, and it makes your hair feel a bit rough, but still silky. It creates body without it looking like there’s product in your hair. It hold hair, but not like hairspray, it feels more natural. You can wake up the next morning and still manipulate your hair and look messy cool but not disheveled, and you can’t apply too much. I will apply it in the morning, touch up my hair after work with it, and wake up the next morning and use more and it never looks ashy, dirty, or greasy. Oh, and hardly any scent!
Saturday, I attended an afternoon outdoor wedding. Karl was photographer and Emerson was invited, so I’d be running around as his assistant and also taking care of a kid. Maryland humidity, high temps, and a chance for rain which made the air feel like pea soup. I washed my hair, putting in some anti-humidity serum, let air dry a bit while I got dressed, then blew dry the last bit, scrunching into waves. Used the curling iron to fix a few places, then sprayed it to death with Oribe. I decided to clip one side back so sweaty scalp wouldn’t be as obvious, and used the Oribe to keep my sideswept bangs sideswept. No hairspray, no mousse, no gel, just Oribe. And considering it was insanely hot and humid and there was an intense downpour I got caught in multiple times, my hair didn’t look that terrible. I think the Oribe spray actually kept my hair from looking as sweaty as it normally would.
I didn't want to, but I think Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray is worth the hype and the price, and I think I’m going to have a better relationship with my hair this summer because of it.
Love hearing about beauty products that work (& don’t work). Thanks for sharing! I’ve just ordered Matrix’s Iron In Thermal Styling Spray in an attempt to get some beachy waves for my extremely straight & super fine hair. Nothing ever works on my hair but my sister used it on me this weekend & I had soft waves! Fingers crossed that I can make the flat iron work on my own.
Jennifer Nier says
I have been reading your blog for about 6 or 7 years. I just wanted to let you know that I like your blog and I like you!!! You ROCK!!!!!
I’m going to weigh in on the Oribe creme for style, which my haircutter used the last time she did my hair – it’s kind of miraculous – it just makes your hair do what you want it to do, without – this is the amazing part – without making it rough, sticky, heavy, crispy or otherwise unpleasant to touch. I don’t know what it is but it’s divine. Use it in damp hair before blow drying (or air drying – today I just corkscrewed my stick straight hair in twists and walked and let it dry that way, now I’m wavy and the parts I want to turn away from my face DO turn away from my face) OR on dry hair that you think might be past rescue!!! Suddenly it is compliment-inducing. Way to go folks at Oribe.
I splurged on a bottle last year and agree with everything you write! I use it sparingly, and my bottle has lasted quite a while! The smell is divine too.
If you don’t see yourself shelling out $40 bucks then the other recommendations sound good enough. If you’ve got the money and want to spend it on hair spray, then this is the product to get.
It’s always good to have choices.
Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen says
Exactly, the other two are nice products, I’ve used both for a couple months exclusively and even kept the not-empty containers and will likely finish them when the Oribe is empty before I buy another bottle of Oribe. Not everyone can afford $40, and the other two can still give a bit of the same effect!
Sarah Destrehan says
My stylist just introduced me to their line because New Orleans is also super humid. I’ve really like the results I’ve gotten from the anti-frizz spray so far.
Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen says
I bought their surf spray also but need to play with it more and haven’t had the time.
Erin @ Her Heartland Soul says
Ohh i need to try this! Thank you!
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Accidental Icon says
I have been looking for a hair product with all the attributes you describe! It’s on my weekend shopping list.
Hmmm very interesting. I’ve been wanting to try this and now I will!
Enjoy the long weekend!