If you have a busy work week ahead or a painful 8am class (we've been there) then it can be hard to carve out time in the morning for styling your curls. For these mornings we recommend using a curl refresher product because it can be the easiest way to lock in some hydration and definition for the busy day ahead. They can be applied to dry hair so this is the key to that elusive second day hair.
Here we highlight 14 of the top curl refreshers, accompanied with curly community reviews from our Product Database. Did yours make the cut?
"For days in the sun or at the pool, this is a great spray to have on hand. It uses natural botanicals to protect your curls and waves and leaves hair soft and manageable. The spray protects, it’s not to be mistaken for a curl activator." - Curly Suzy, Type 2C
"I absolutely love the spray. My hair dries out easily, but with the spray, I was able to spritz it daily to moisturize." - ariel evette, Type 4B
"This is a great product!!It works great for my wash and go...My hair loves vegetable glycerin.I also use vegetable glycerin, water and olive oil mixture with this product. If this information helps anyone.I have not tried it alone with my gel. My hair is very curly and I am a 3c/4a. I hope this is helpful." - nefertit, Type 3C
"This spray works wonders on curls and waves, encouraging more of them and keeping them well-maintained at the same time due to its natural ingredients like mineral rich sea crystals and natural seawater. The product is light and won’t weigh hair down." - Salonciseaux, Type 3B
..."it is almost as if it made each individual strand thicker. (Be careful about how much you use, it can make your hair look greasy) I usually use this as an overnight when my hair has been breaking a lot." - isaaabelleee, Type 3A
"I worked for 7+ hours, sweating... and I was told my hair smelled like cotton candy after. Not for a first day hair, but definitely good for the day before a hair washing!" - curlyminx, Type 3B
"I just bought this on a whim at the store the other day and am soo in love with this product. I haven't had a bad hair day since I have used it and have had strangers stop me in the street to ask me about my hair! I use it with the foxy curls mousse." - aymuller, Type 3B
"Tried this on 2nd day hair and was pleasantly surprised. It helped revive my curls and they stayed soft. It also seemed to help keep frizz under control. Used this on beach vacation where air was very moist." - Valerie J., Type 3A
"I love this stuff, and have been using it as an alternative to hairspray for years." - Touch.of.ink, Type 2C
"I can get second day hair with this spray. I like to spray it even after conditioning my hair in the shower, and it acts as a nice base for my other stylers. It's weird but when I spray it to second-day hair, my hair curls up nicely again. It smells quite strong, but it fades away after some time. I might keep buying it!" - whirlyhair, Type 2C
"I think how you apply this product is important. I have very fine extremely curly hair. This isn't something that should be used as a conditioner or detangler. It is perfect as a final finishing touch for your style...It's a great product and one bottle has lasted almost 5 months because I just need a little bit." - SuzlCurly, Type 3C
"Haven't had luck using it alone to refresh my curls but works really great as a braid spray. It's hard to find a silicone and paraben free braid sheen and this works great. A lot of people haven't had luck with this, including me, but as a braid spray its the best. Keeps my braids moisturizes and shiny!" - thevixter, Type 4A
"I used this product after using the Twisted Sista Curl Activator for a daily activator. My hair was soft and well defined!" - big bad puff, Type 3A
"LOVE LOVE LOVE! Detangles, smells good, keeps my hair moist. I say almost too moist, but that is adjustable. I like that it keeps my hair soft for days... with a little steam from the shower, this products effects are extended. This is a good one... Staple!" - Cheles08, Type 4C