As I have become more grateful for my body and the experiences it has given me, one of the most superficial distractions from my self-image is my hair. I’ve loved the color for a long time, but never felt like I had that commercial shampoo-worthy mane. Where I want it to be full and bouncy is thin and flat; where I dream of layers with lift, the reality of my mane is much less defined. Of course, you would probably never think that seeing pictures of my finished hair. The reason? Having been in the beauty industry for the past decade, I know a thing or two about high quality hair care. And when it comes to brands I can always rely on, R+Co tops the list.
Although I have tried many R+Co products over the years, most recently the Dallas Biotin Thickening Treatment has earned its permanent place on my shower shelf. And now its post-shower style sister, the R+Co Dallas Thickening Spray ($32), received the same star treatment.
In the bottle, the R+Co Dallas Thickening Spray honestly looks like water. It’s a real liquid, not a serum or oil that vaporizes. It is formulated with moisturizing and smoothing aloe leaf extract, protective and conditioning ginger root extract, volumizing pro-vitamin B5 and an amino acid complex that protects against heat damage while strengthening the overall hair structure. Although it’s infused with fragrance, it’s not heavy or overwhelming – it just smells warm and delicious like the rest of the Dallas line.
To put this spray to the test, I sprayed it on towel-dried hair. Usually when I apply styling products I try to spray them on while my hair is still fairly damp, but by the time I get to sit down with my Dyson Air Wrap ($599), my hair was probably 85% dry already. Because of this, I was a little worried that spraying on the thickening spray would leave a weird product residue that even my round volumizing brush attachment couldn’t pick up. But that was so far from the case. Instead, after spraying my hair from roots to ends and between layers of hair, focusing primarily on my roots, I found that the styling process couldn’t have gone any easier, in the sense both literally and figuratively.
Normally, I prevent frizz by spraying my hair with the Supernatural Spray Color Wow Dream Coat Anti-Frizz Treatment ($28), a proven test I’ve sworn by for years. But to objectively analyze the performance of the R+Co Dallas Thickening Spray, I let it be the only styler in my locks. And the results speak for themselves.
While this spray doesn’t give me the va-va-voom volume reminiscent of retro rollers (I wish it were that simple!), it absolutely made my hair thicker and smoother. Best of all, it gave each strand a bit of grip, which my hair normally lacks. Because of this, I found that my face framing layers didn’t separate from the rest of my hair, which they normally do.
I’m not the only one who’s a fan of the formula – it’s got nearly 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. “I have very thin, fine hair and this really leaves my hair looking fuller and more manageable,” one user wrote. “I’ve bought so many hair products that never work the way they say. This one is awesome and worth it. Highly recommend,” said another.
Needless to say, I’ll keep a bottle of this chic thickening spray on my vanity from now on, and finally, I can feel confident wearing my hair completely down.
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