Sugar on black chalkboard from above.
There has been some recent buzz about sugar spray ousting salt spray as the best texturizing mist out there. I am a fan of both but I kind of live by the motto “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”  Salt spray, sea spray, ocean mist whatever you call it has been around forever and really gets the job done. If you want waves and texture no matter what hair type you have, you can get it from a bottle of this greatness. So how can sugar spray stand up to the go-to favorite. Click the notes. –– Kelly Rowe

Grip vs Drying
Sugar spray is significantly less drying than salt spray. Salt sprays will zap all moisture out of the hair. It’s this drying effect that pulls the hair into a wave that stays where it’s been put. Sugar sprays work more by creating grip and texture on the strand so it can be scrunched into place and hold.

 

Shine vs Matte
Salt sprays are definable by their matte texture. Since summer is normally defined by less styled looks, matte works.  It also works in the winter for some cool braids, updos and angelic fluffy styles. Sugar spray does not produce matte texture it actually will leave hair with a sheen. The matte comes from the hair drying out and sugar does not do that.
 
The Look
The look is going to be somewhat similar from afar. Both will produce a beach wave but the salt will be a little stiffer and fluffier and the sugar will be a little looser and softer.

 

Recommendations
If you have fine and thin hair the extra boost from a salt spray may be a great choice. If you are worried about drying effects, a sugar spray may be better. In the end it’s going to be how you style with each one and how they work for you. For myself I prefer a salt spray, but thats because I have been using it for years and grew up near the beach. However, maybe for you, if you are new to texturizing sprays, the new wave of sugar styling may be better.
By Kelly Rowe. Kelly Rowe is a professional hair stylist in NYC and a regular contributor to Style Noted.
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