Oribe Thick Dry Finishing Spray Dupe

Back in January, I ditched my long locks for a cute wavy bob. I’ve stuck with it ever since — I still absolutely love it. It took me awhile to master the wavy style that I wanted, but I eventually figured it out. The MVP of my hair styling was the Oribe Thick Dry Finishing spray.

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Oribe’s thick dry finishing spray is kind of amazing. I mentioned back in January that it was kind of a miracle product: hairspray, volumizer and dry shampoo all in one. Here’s how I used it: after washing my hair, I’d let it mostly air dry, spritz in a little sea salt spray, blow dry with a diffuser and curl. Then I’d lift a few sections and spray the Oribe thick dry finishing spray at my roots, then ruffle the area with my fingers for volume. I’d also spray all my curls/waves and scrunch.

My style would last basically all day. If I noticed things looking flat, I’d ruffle my hands at my scalp to up the volume.

I’ve had some issues with my curls holding lately, but I think it’s a sign that I need a trim to fix up the layers more so than an error on the product’s end.

OK, so I love this product, but I don’t love the budget-busting price: $39 (5.3 ounces). I can find it on Amazon and other sites for maybe a couple bucks off, but nothing major.

When my can of Oribe was out, I cried a little, then Googled dupes for the product. (Note: “dupe” means “cheaper alternative.”) I found two options, one from Oscar Blandi ($24 for 4 ounces) and one from Garnier Fructis ($3.49 for 3.8 ounces).

I obviously went for the cheaper version: Garnier Fructis De-Constructed Texture Tease Hairspray (available at drugstores).

garnier fructis de-constructed texture tease spray | whatlindseylikes

I’ve used it three times now — using the same method as with the Oribe spray. This product is almost as awesome as the Oribe spray. The Garnier Fructis De-Constructed Texture Tease spray has a stronger, stiffer hold than the Oribe spray. One thing I loved about the Oribe spray was that my hair was still touchable. The Garnier product makes my hair a little crunchier…but not mega crunchy. I’m happy with the volume and its ability to maintain my curls. The scent is OK…not bad, but not as awesome as the Oribe spray.

Based on my experience so far, I would repurchase the Garnier product, rather than the Oribe. I love Oribe’s spray, but just can’t rationalize the price.

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What I Did: Styled My Wavy Bob Haircut

It took me more than a week, but I finally figured out how to style my new wavy bob haircut. I spent all of last week trying to figure out how to get my hair to look wavy. I watched a million video tutorials. I read tons of articles. I stared intensely at pictures on Pinterest. I tried to learn how to curl my hair using a straightener. I need to just accept that I will never be able to do that. It’s just not going to happen. I don’t know if my wrist rotation is flawed or if I’m lacking the necessary coordination skills — either way, I will be reserving my use of my straightener solely for straightening.

Next I went through my collection of curling irons in various sizes. I tried a 3/4″ iron, a 1″ iron and a 1.25″ iron. And I tried doing regular curling as well as the technique where you wrap your hair AROUND the iron without the clamp. I only burned the tips of my fingers a couple times, so I consider that a win.

Every time I tried what the tutorials said, I got a look I didn’t like. Usually the curls were too intense for me, and my hair was too poofy (and not in the voluminous way). I couldn’t, for the life of me, get my hair to look anything like how my stylist did. I spent the whole week fighting my hair. Once the weekend came, I was “over it.” I decided to leave the vast majority of my styling products out, and simplified.

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And I am finally SO HAPPY.

Here’s what I did. I shampooed and conditioned as normal in the shower. I left out the mousse, and let my hair air dry instead of blow drying 100%. While my hair was air drying, I went about my other morning routine chores: breakfast, Digger duties, flossing/brushing my teeth, applying my makeup. This is almost enough time for my hair to air dry completely, but not quite. I spray a little Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray and scrunch my strands. Then I attach my diffuser thingie to my hair dryer and use it for 60-90 seconds — just enough time to get my hair close to 90% dry. Then I use my 1″ curling iron to run a few chunks of hair through wherever I need a little extra wave. My hair moves through my iron quickly — other irons I’ve used kind of stuck to my hair. When I’m adding my curls/waves, I move it right through instead of holding for any amount of time. To finish, I spray my new favorite hair product, Oribe Thick Dry Finishing Spray, throughout my hair to make it piecey.

wavy bob | whatlindseylikes

All of these pictures are after a FULL DAY of work (and an immediate outfit change to my comfy sweatpants and hooded sweatshirt). On top of surviving an entire work day, I was in and out of buildings while it was snowing most of the morning. My hair held the wave all day (thanks to Not Your Mother’s and Oribe).

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I’d feel totally comfortable meeting up with friends immediately after work without refreshing my hair if I had to. If I had time in between work and my evening plans, I’d probably spray a little of the Oribe into my roots to pump up the volume a smidge.

wavy bob | whatlindseylikes

I’d like to attempt skipping the sea salt spray whenever I can — I think it’ll dry out my ends pretty quickly.

So that’s it. I’m relieved that I found a method that actually works for me. And I’m relieved that it’s not very time-consuming.