Today I have something different for you. Sundays are typically reserved for sample reviews, but this is a full size review. In fact, a review of a type of product I’ve not heard of! What’s that? A sugar texturizing spray! I’ll be talking about the Number 4 Jour d’automne Sugar Texturizing Spray. I’ll look at the ingredients, how I used it and my thoughts on whether or not this is worth it.
I’m a huge fan of texturizing sprays, but I find that I’m not a fan of the grittiness. I know, seems weird right? They seem to go hand-in-hand, but should they? Number 4 graciously sent me a bottle of this and I’m here to tell you what I think. I’ve tested this on both wet and dry hair and layered on and under other other products. So let’s see what the deal is!
First and foremost, let’s take a quick look at the ingredients (as listed on CosDNA):
Water, PVP, Sucrose, Glycerin, PEG-17 Dimethicone 3, Polysorbate 20, Oleth-20, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Benzoic Acid, Aminomethyl Propanol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citral, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Coumarin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Ribes Nigrum (Blackcurrant) Leaf Extract, Phyllanthus Emblica (Gooseberry) Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Irish Moss) Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Extract, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Garcinia Mangostana (Mangosteen) Peel Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa (Hibiscus) Flower Extract, Ilex Paraguariensis (Yerba Mate) Leaf Extract, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopherol
Right after the bat, we can see that sugar is the third ingredient on the list. No mention of salt at all! Check one! Another one of the key things I noticed were all of the moisturizing agents and emollients that are included in the formula. I happened to compare this to two other sea salt sprays that I use(d) and those do not contain nearly the same amount of similar ingredients. So how does that factor in to the performance of the product? Let’s see what Number 4 says about the product and then compare.
Taking from what Number 4 states online, the “Sugar Texturizing Spray denounces salt while heralding sugar in a declaration of sweet love for hair texture that is perfectly undone. Transform limp, lackluster strands into loose, touchably soft, “beach inspired” waves with a nourishing blend of sugar and flexible styling aids. Sugar Texturizing Spray aids in style defense against humidity to help build a long-lasting relationship with texture that’s more than just a summer fling.” From this we get that the product is meant to act much like a salt spray, however leaving your hair loose and soft. In addition, they claim that the product includes additional styling aid ingredients. Well, looks like we covered the second half with the mention of the ingredients. Additionally, Number 4’s Super Comb & Prep contains a good majority of similar ingredients. With that in mind, I do think you could use this in substitution of a UV protectant.
As far as touchably soft waves, yes I do think this leaves your hair volumized without the gritty texture, but it definitely does not hold my waves. I think for that to happen, I need to have already dried my hair with my preferred method, which is a mix of air dry and car A/C dry (don’t judge me!) and then spray it on. I find that if I spray this on wet hair and then dry, my naturals waves don’t hold, but I do get soft texture. Personally, I think this is great for second/third day hair. In fact, I’ve gone to four day hair with this and not felt any sort of grit to my hair. Normally I don’t love going four days, but if you have to, or you like to, then just know you can keep spraying and it won’t hold you back.
And now the part we all want to know, the price point. The Number 4 Jour d’automne Sugar Texturizing Spray retails $22 for 145mL/4.9 fl oz (~$4.49/oz). There’s a couple of other sugar sprays; Keratin Complex has one that is $16 ($4/oz) and WELLA has one for $19 ($3.75/oz). I haven’t tried the others, so this comparison is strictly on the pricing. These happen to also be the first results you get back if you Google sugar texture spray (along with Number 4).
The Bottom Line
So is it worth it? I do think this is an excellent product if you like texture and volume, but not dirty/gritty feeling hair. There are people love the gritty texture, so I think a key factor in this is whether the grit bothers you. Personally, I’m not a fan of the gritty texture, so I do love that about this product. Find where to put this in your routine and you’re golden! If you’re looking to purchase the Number 4 Jour d’automne Sugar Texturizing Spray, you can find it at Birchbox and on Number 4‘s website.
What are your thoughts on sugar texturizing sprays? Is this the new “it” hair spray this summer? Let me know your thoughts or if you have experience with this or any other sugar texturizing spray!