Kenra Professional Styling Product Mini Reviews

 I've been testing out three styling products from Kenra over the last few weeks and I'm ready to share some mini reviews. I'm not a hair stylist, or really even a "hair person". When it comes to styling my hair, my skill set is limited to ponytail, half ponytail, a twisted bun, or a simple braid - the kind of styles that don't really NEED a product to pull together. My complete lack of hair skills made testing these products a challenge (though I had a little help!), so I kept my thoughts as concise as I could. Kenra products are cruelty free, American made, and sold exclusively at Ulta and select salons. Click through for more.

I love the uniform look of Kenra's products. Each of these stylers comes in a weight grey can with the Kenra logo and product name and hold level printed on it in black lettering. Product information, including instructions for use and full ingredient lists are printed on the back. All packaging is recyclable.

I've only just begun to play around with the Whip Grip Mousse ($17/8oz), as I haven't really touched mousse since an unfortunate incident in the seventh grade. Doesn't everyone have a bad experience with mousse in their teens? Or is that just a cliche that happens to apply to me? Anyway. This light hold mousse is meant to "amp up hair for maximum volume without stiffness. This airy whipped mousse delivers light hold with a matte finish." I can't exactly speak for all that, but I will say that this mousse is srprisingly dense, but incredibly lightweight and very spreadable. Such a little bit of product is needed because it expands exponentially once dispensed (I've accidentally wasted a good bit of this product, unfortunately). My experimentation with Whip Grip leads me to believe that this mousse provides very light hold and dries to a soft, non-crunchy finish.

Air Grip ($17/5oz) is a "dry wax defining spray" that "instantly provides superior grip. This lightweight spray adds definition and all over volume with a flexible hold and matte finish." I wasn't expecting to enjoy Air Grip, because "dry wax" sounded rather off-putting, and not well matched to my long, thick hair so I passed it off to my roommate Morgan for him to try out. He handed it back to me the next day and assured me that I'd like it - and I do! This light hold spray isn't exceptionally dry nor waxy, though it does have a slightly tacky feeling to it that never entirely dries down. Air Grip is excellent for creating a textured braid or bun on long hair, or a piecey, grungy look on shorter hair.

Kenra's High Grip Spray ($19/8oz) is my favorite of the three products I've been trying. The brand says this hairspray "instantly provides one full day of high hold and definition.", which I have to dispute. I don't think this is a "high" hold spray, but more of a solid medium flexible hold. Perhaps I'm being a bit of a stickler, but either way, it certainly gets the job done. Morgan's been testing High Grip along side me, and we're both quite satisfied with it's ability to keep our fringes in place even on windy evenings. I haven't put this hairspray to the test on any fancy up-dos, but it's kept a few tightly wrapped buns from unfurling or slipping out of place, and that's impressive enough for me.

All three products smell awesome - the fragrance is a tropical fruity floral scent that makes use just a little more enjoyable without lingering in the hair or competing with your perfume. A definite upgrade from the chemically scents of most professional stylers.

Wholly, I've enjoyed playing around with Kenra's styling products. Testing these products pushed me a little out of my comfort zone - in a good way - and I actually enjoyed writing about them! While I can't really give you a firm opinion on the Whip Grip Mousse, I can say that both the Air Grip and High Grip sprays have definitely won a spot in my small arsenal of styling products. With reasonable (for salon grade) pricing, I wouldn't hesitate to repurchase either.

Whip Grip Mousse Ingredients:
Aqua/Water/Eau, Isobutane, Polyquaternium-4/Hydroxypropyl Starch Copolymer, Polyurethane-14, Amp-Acrylates Copolymer, Polysorbate 20, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), Propane, Phenoxyethanol, Laureth 3.

Air Grip Spray Ingredients:
Dimethyl Ether, Aqua/water/eau, PVP, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Clycerin, PEG-8 Beeswax, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Lilial, Limonene, Benzyl Salcylate, Citronellol, Hydroxycitronellal, Steareth 100, Ceteareth 20, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax.

High Grip Spray Ingredients:
Hydrofluorocarbon 152a, Denatured Alcohol (SD Alcohol 40), Butane, VP/VA Copolymer, Silica, Fragrance (Parfum), Calcium Carbonate.

These products were sent to me for review via BrandBacker. My opinions were not influenced by BrandBacker, Kenra, Ulta, or any other third party. 


  1. I haven't used many holding sprays but the high grip one sounds really good, especially with the volatile weather here x

    Velvet Blush

    1. It can get me through some gross Sydney winter weather. not sure how it'd do in more extreme weather though.