My honest review of the popular Oribe texturising spray!
I have normally fine hair, so when the post-partum hair loss happened along with my erratic hormones (ah motherhood!) I decided to get my hair chopped into an asymmetric pixie.
The trick to having a good pixie (other than having amazing hair) is texture, which my fine hair most definitely does not have. Up to this point, I had been using Pantene Volume Booster dry shampoo to mainly go a bit longer between washes, but also to give my hair a bit of oomph. I asked on one of my Facebook groups for some recommendations on a hair product that would give me that much needed texture to give my pixie cut a it more body.
The overwhelming response to my question was the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. It was considered the holy grail product, being able to add texture, volumise as well as absorb oil like a dry shampoo. Only a few places in Sydney carry it, so my go-to was Adore Beauty (which has the whole Oribe range).
Well, obviously the next step was to buy it. I have to say I was a little surprised at how much it was – the full sized product retails for $63 – but given the glowing reviews from my Facebook group it had to be worth it, right? Nevertheless, I decided to go with the travel-sized bottle to try it out (still a little more expensive than my Pantene dry shampoo at $29).
Like the Kora Organics range I tried here, the travel sized spray was the perfect size for throwing in the bag and touching up on the go.
The scent is gorgeous – it has a more natural fragrance compared to supermarket counterparts, which tend to have a sweet, sometimes cloying smell. It also doesn’t leave the telltale white powder marks, which other dry shampoos have done on my dark hair.
But it pains me to admit that it didn’t blow me away, based on what the Facebook group had told me. It certainly gave me a bit of volume on the day that I applied it, but I honestly have had similar results with my supermarket dry shampoo. It also had a little bit of hold so that my pixie kept its shape for most of the day. (The trick is to apply the texturizing spray the night before, so the movement during sleep works with the spray to give your hair a body and volume.)
It also helped keep the oil at bay, but lately I’ve found my hair to get oily again 24 hours later. This may be because I’ve been a little sparing with how much spray I’m using – look at the price of it! – but I also wasn’t expecting my hair to get oily so quickly. I’ve been able to go a little longer until my next oily day with my Pantene dry shampoo.
Now here’s the thing… the oiliness may be because I changed my shampoo recently. The dry winter air has made my scalp rather flaky, and instead of using strong dandruff shampoo I decided to use Moogoo Milk Shampoo as a gentler, more natural alternative to combat the flakiness. So whether it’s the shampoo that’s been making my hair more oily than usual, or the Oribe spray not handling the oil, I’m not sure.
The other thing I want to mention is that a great hairstylist can give your hair texture and volume simply by the way they cut it… and I have yet to find a hairdresser that can do wonders to my fussy hair. So I think the Oribe spray would be amazing IF the haircut was done well in the first place, by working with the texture that’s been incorporated in the haircut.
I like the Oribe Texturizing spray, but I can’t say I’m in love with it. For my hair anyway, it hasn’t been the Holy Grail, and given how much it is I would’ve expected it to perform a bit better. Having said that, I wouldn’t write it off straight away – I need to find a shampoo AND a hairstylist that would give my hair the basis on which the Oribe Texturizing Spray can then work its magic. Then maybe I can see how amazing it’s been purported to be. (Asking a bit much maybe?)
Have you tried this spray before? Let me know in the comments below!