Sometimes, no matter what you do, your curls still need a serious refresh in between wash days. So many factors are at play — the weather, your curl type, and the list goes on. Although it can be a challenge to learn how to properly rejuvenate those coils without another full wash, we have you covered. Scroll through below for your ultimate guide to refreshing curls in between wash days.
DIY Your Own Refresh Spray
Little did you know, all you need is a spray bottle, some H2O, and maybe a dash of a styling product to hit the refresh button. We all know water is a major curl activator — combining it with a light styling product or curl cream concocts the perfect replenishing spray. No wash necessary, just spritz your dry, thirsty curls and viola! They’re given new life.
Spot Treat Out-of-Place Curls With Styling Gel
Meet your new post-wash day BFF — curl styling gel. Unruly curls can easily fall out of place (hello, bed head?) especially when they’ve had time to dry. Ugh. That’s your queue to apply a gel (we prefer one with a cream base) that will deeply hydrate and define without causing crunchiness. This can be done with or without your refresh spray, but at the very least, we recommend splashing a bit of water on your ringlets beforehand to prep them for the gel. It’s a more-than-ideal way to smooth out any stragglers who have minds of their own. We recommend the below cream-based gel. Happy styling!
adwoa beauty Baomint Moisturizing Curl Defining Gel: $32.00
Try a Curl-Friendly Dry Shampoo
We’ll admit, we didn’t used to love the idea of using dry shampoo for curls. The right one, however, can be a solid post-wash day ally. It’s a great option for when you hit the two- or three-days past wash mark. No matter how thick or fine your curls are, your roots can still get greasy, unfortunately. Dry shampoo is a great way to refresh your roots and melt away any excess build up.
Sleep With a Satin Pillowcase or Bonnet
In order to fully prevent damage, dryness, and breakage, it’s paramount you switch out your pillowcase. Some fabric can cause static and friction against curls which are already a bit dry by nature. To help stop coils from becoming frazzled, especially between wash days, swap your case for a satin or silk material. You can even take it further by wrapping your hair in a satin or silk bonnet at night to better preserve your style and lock in moisture.