Replace Your Texture Spray With Spray Wax This Summer

You might have been in diapers in the '80s, but you can still thank the decade for the bushy brow and colorful eyeshadow trends you love today, as well as something less desirable we like to call "hairspray anxiety." For years, an aerosol can to the head meant crunchy, sticky, rock-hard buildup that no brush could get though, so many of us developed an innate fear of over-spraying anything in our hair.

Luckily, times (and product formulations) have changed, and our quest for airy, windblown, bouncy summer hair, has lead us down a path we didn't expect — and straight to a can of spray wax. It might sound heavy, but many brands have created formulations that are stronger than texture spray, but still lack that telltale crunch we all hate. In fact, modern spray wax creates that full, voluminous, post-sex tousled vibe on dry hair, while keeping it soft and smooth to the touch.

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Ahead, we've rounded up a foolproof list of the wax sprays we're stocking this summer. And you'll find, no matter your hair texture or budget, these new-age wax sprays aren't so scary.

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Unite Hair Tricky Spray Lite



If you have thin or fine hair, anything with 'wax' in the name might sound like a bad idea. This is the lite version of Unite's best-selling finishing spray, delivering a softer hold in comparison. A few sprays give the hair shine and just a touch of piece-y, bouncy texture.
Unite Hair Care UNITE Hair Tricky Spray Light, 3.75 Oz$23.60 Buy

DryBar The Kicker Finishing Spray Wax



If you're too heavy-handed on the nozzle, texturizing spray can quickly turn to a knotted mess — but not with this spray. The fine-mist is so lightweight, that it gives hair a texture boost while keeping individual stands looking and feeling soft, even after a looong spritz.
DryBar The Kicker Finishing Spray Wax$26.00 Buy

OGX Flexible + Beeswax Texture Hairspray Wax



Spray wax is not only great to give hair a boost, it can also be used to smooth flyaways. Mist this beeswax-packed formula into you hands, then run them through your hair to tone down frizz and add shine.
OGX Flexible + Beeswax Texture Hairspray Wax$8.99 Buy
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Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Body Builder



Living Proof 's new Body Builder spray delivers the same hold as the brand's flex hairspray, plus the fullness of its Full Dry Volume Blast. But the coolest part is that the amount of texture is completely customizable. With a twist of the nozzle, you decide if you want just a little fluffing or shampoo commercial-level body.
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Body Builder$29.00 Buy

Redken Triple Dry 15 Dry Texture Finishing Spray



For a subtle touch of grit and volume that mimics gloriously tousled post-beach hair, spray Redken's new Triple Dry finish spray through the mid-lengths of hair as a last step in your styling routine.
Redken Triple Dry 15 Dry Texture Finishing Spray$22.00 $15.99 Buy
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