Remember the infamous Jheri Curl? (Of course you do). Well Jheri Curl could not have been the sensation that it became without one necessary component: curl activators. Jheri curls are a chemical relaxing system that was created by Jheri Redding who was a hairdresser, chemist, and hair care product entrepreneur. It became hugely popular when Comer Cottrell made it available to the masses in the early 70’s. The Jheri Curl could not be what it was without the curl activator that was necessary to keep the hair moist. Curl activator died down around the 90’s but there seems to be a resurgence of it and some naturals are loving it. The reason being is the main ingredients in curl activators are humectants, which is often glycerin. We love glycerin! Some activators are also formulated with another one of our favorites, aloe vera.

Curl activators are great at retaining moisture so they can be used as a moisturizer, detangler, and curl enhancer.  Just like anything in the hair care aisles, we have to be cautious of which ones to buy. Some have the drying alcohols that can dry out your tresses. This is why I created a list of ten amazing curl activators that will moisturize, provide slip, and enhance your curls!

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