What do you do when you wake up with limp, misshapen, and generally out of whack curls? Sure, you could throw your hair up into a top knot or ponytail, but you know when you take your hair down you’ll be dealing with all sorts of dents. If you want your curls to stand a chance of making it to 3rd, 4th and 5th day hair without having to wash and re-style it, then there are a few must-know steps you can take.

I’ve watched, read and listened to countless curlies share their 2nd day hair tips, and while every head of curls is unique, I did manage to find some major similarities between almost all of them. I’ve tested out many of the tips on my own curls and waves, and here’s what works best for me:

How I refresh my 2nd day curls

  • Step 1 – Fill a spray bottle with water (mix in some leave-in conditioner for extra moisture”> and spritz this throughout your hair. Alternatively, you could wet your hair with a spray bottle and then spray your hair with a liquid leave-in conditioner. I swear by the Curly Hair Solutions H20 Water Bottle
  • Step 2 – Rub a styling product in between your hands and run your hands over your curls, scrunching from the ends up to the roots. 
  • Step 3 – Your curls should be looking rejuvenated at this point, but you may find that a few are still out of shape. Rub a dime-sized amount of gel between your fingers and use your fingers to spot treat your curls, twisting them around your fingers and holding them in place with a bobby pin. Once your pin curls are dry, remove the bobby pins.
  • Step 4 – Flip your head forward and zhoosh up your roots. What do we mean by zhoosh? Rub your fingers at the scalp to create lift and volume, fluffing up your curls and avoiding any crunch. 

You can watch my refresh routine here.