Skip the Wash and Refresh Your Curls with These Rejuvenating Sprays
It's a common dilemma: You're in-between wash days, but your curls start to feel limp and lackluster. Luckily, there's an easy fix, and it's one that doesn't require hopping into the shower to wash your hair. Curl refreshing sprays hydrate coils, reinstating shine and definition. "A curl refreshing spray adds a bit of life back into your curls while also reducing frizz and enhancing softness," says Jamila Powell, a hairstylist and the founder of Naturally Drenched. These sprays are typically packed with nourishing ingredients—such as shea butter, coconut oil, and aloe vera—and are simple to use. Start by spritzing these mists onto curls, notes Powell; then, use your palms to smooth coils and invigorate your roots to boost volume. Some people like to wet their hands before working in the product, she adds, since this can reduce frizz and result in a more even application.
You can also expect your bottle to last a long time, since you don't have to use this product every day. Simply give coils a spritz when they start to droop: "Using it every day won't cause any harm, but you would be adding excess product to your hair when you don't necessarily have to," notes Powell. To ensure the formula doesn't intensify the problem, look for something lightweight, she adds, noting that you don't need to source a specific spray based on your curl pattern, since formulas tend to be universal. "There are a ton of great products out there that will work on any type," she explains. It's all about testing a few options before landing on the formula that is best for you. Luckily, we have already done the legwork: Below, you will find several expert-approved curl refreshing sprays for all coil patterns.
"My favorite thing about the Refresh & Detangle Spray from Rizos Curls is that it's a two-in-one product that actually does what it says it will: It's hydrating and smoothing to keep your curls alive between wash days, and it's a great post-wash detangler for all hair types," says Powell.
Shop Now: Rizos Curls Refresh & Detangle Spray, $19.99, ulta.com.
"Mielle's Pomegranate & Honey Curl Refreshing Spray is another drugstore favorite of mine," says Powell. "A lot of refreshing sprays can leave your hair crunchy, but the fruit extract and oils in this one leave your hair soft and frizz-free."
Shop Now: Mielle Organics Pomegranate & Honey Curl Refreshing Spray, $17.25, amazon.com.
Scalp care is hair care and this spray takes care of both. Thanks to ingredients like glycerin and olive oil, this spray reduces frizz and refreshes curls and the scalp. It also promises 48 hours of odor control and has the loveliest smell.
Shop Now: DevaCurl "Devafresh" Scalp & Hair Refresher, $20, sephora.com.
"The Alikay Naturals Wake Me Up Curl Refresher smells like a dream and works like a charm," says Powell. "This refresher is great for maintaining your curl pattern in-between washes. I like to apply it by spraying the product onto my hands and smoothing it over my hair."
Shop Now: Alikay Naturals "Wake Me Up" Curl Refresher, $12.99, target.com.
The Mane Choice
On top of making sure curls stay hydrated and soft in-between washes, this spray promotes healthy hair growth. It's made with moringa oil to treat any damage and strengthen coils and biotin and vitamin D to support natural and stronger strands.
Shop Now: The Mane Choice Tropical Moringa Sweet Oil & Honey Restorative Spray, $13.99, amazon.com.
Free from parabens, mineral oil, and petrolatum, this spray uses mango and bamboo oils to re-define curls.
Shop Now: Au Naturale Curl Refresher Spray, $22.41, amazon.com.