Sugar Sprays- Gentle Alternative to Drying Salt Sprays

What is a Sugar Spray?

These multi-purpose styling products are fast becoming an alternative to popular salt-based texturizing sprays. Sugar hair sprays are infused with sugar cane extract, which infuses the hair with fullness, texture, and glossiness. These products are free of alcohol and plasticizers unlike most conventional hair sprays, so they won’t strip your hair’s moisture, and they are also safe for the environment. They make your hair look fuller and give you plenty of hold without the drying side effect of salt-based sprays.  These products claim to be suitable for all hair types and textures and can be applied either to damp or dry hair. When used prior to blow-drying, sugar sprays give hair a fuller appearance. When applied after styling, they provide great hold and help your hair style last longer.

Sugar cane extract is actually a good moisturizing agent that has shown to be particularly beneficial for individuals with dry, damaged, or chemically processed hair. This effective humectant draws moisture to the hair and coats each individual strand, creating the illusion of fuller hair. If used carefully sugar styling sprays still allow your hair to have plenty of bounce and movement.

If you want to achieve that popular tousled, beach hair look without the drying effects of salt, a sugar hair spray is the right option for you. It is the perfect product if you need to enhance volume and make your hair more manageable, especially if you have fine hair.

Sugar Hair Sprays Vs. Salt Infused Sprays

  1. Sugar hair sprays are less drying to the hair than salt-based products due to the moisturizing effects of sugar extract. These products give the hair body and texture without leaching the moisture out of your hair. This is particularly important if you have curly or chemically processed hair.
  2. Sugar cane extract has a conditioning effect, so these sprays are more suitable for chemically processed and damaged hair than sea salt sprays.
  3. Sugar styling sprays can be used to control frizz and flyaway hair, while salt sprays can exacerbate frizz due to the drying effects sea salt can have on hair.
  4. Sugar based sprays enhance hair’s shine, while salt sprays give hair beachy texture with a more matte look.
  5. Salt found in hair sprays can strip color and keratin treatment from hair. Sugar based hair sprays are keratin and color friendly products as long as they don’t contain other strong chemicals in their formulation.
  6. Salt sprays provide a more texturized look and work best for fine hair to add body and thickness. Sugar sprays provide better hold and a softer texture, and they are ideal for medium to thick hair.
  7. Sugar styling sprays will offer more softness and subtle waves, while sea salt sprays help you get a gritty look and beachy waves.
  8. Sugar styling sprays usually smell delicious and generally have a more pleasant scent than salt sprays.

Benefits of Using a Sugar Based Spray for Styling Your Hair

This styling product is recommended for anyone with thin, fine hair who wants more body and texture. Sugar sprays create a lot of volume and give texture to fine hair.  They also provide lift and help keep the volume all day long.

A sugar spray enhances body and gives control to limp straight hair, giving it much needed structure and making it more voluminous.  Sugar sprays also help to control and maintain hold for hair that is already voluminous.

Sugar cane extract has moisturizing and conditioning properties and helps protect hair against breakage. If your hair is on the dry side, you might want to try a sugar based styling spray.

This product nourishes your curls and enhances natural curl pattern. It also helps your curling iron curls stay longer.

Sugar extract can tame mild frizz and help with flyaway hair.

This hair spray also adds a little extra shine to your hair.

Sugar extract won’t strip keratin or color from the hair. Remember to check the label to make sure that the spray doesn’t contain sulfates or sodium chloride alongside the sugar extract.

This product leaves your hair smelling great.


Sugar hair spray can leave your hair quite crunchy if you use too much. To avoid stiffness, use no more than a few squirts. Try spraying the product onto your hands and then applying to your hair.

Some brands still may contain harsh chemicals such as parabens, fragrances, Methylisothiazolinone, Citral, Coumarin, Diazolidinyl Urea, Limonene, and Linalool. So, check the label. Chose products with natural ingredients. The majority of quality sugar infused sprays contain only sugar extract and a few nourishing ingredients.

Clogging of the bottle may occur, which prevents the product from dispensing correctly. To fix it, try to run the nozzle under hot water for several minutes.

How to Use a Sugar Hair Spray

These styling sprays are suitable for all hair types and can be used on dry or damp hair. You can use them before blow-drying if you want to add extra volume and a bit of lift or apply them after styling your hair if you want more hold. Spray 20-30cm away from the hair to make your hairstyle last.

To give fine hair volume, spray a few spritzes on damp, ready to blow-dry hair. To create maximum body, lift hair and spray near your roots before blow-drying.

For a just-back-from-the-beach texture and tousled waves, apply to damp hair before blow-drying, focusing the spray on the midsection and ends of your hair. Apply to dry hair and scrunch small sections to get a fresh tousled look.

Apply a few spritzes to dry hair for light to medium hold. Spray more after styling for a long lasting, firm hold. Spray in layers for the strongest hold, but don’t overdo it.

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Medical disclaimer: This post is for informational purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.

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