How to Refresh Curls Between Washes Without Frizz

Curly Tay
by Curly Tay
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5 Minutes

If you’re looking for a super-easy and quick way to refresh your curls, then follow along with this tutorial. It only takes about 5 minutes and will leave your curls looking as fresh as they did on day one of styling. Ready to learn how to refresh your curls between washes? Then let’s start!

Tools and materials:

  • Hair scrunchie
  • Mister bottle
  • Water
  • Styling gel
  • Leave-in conditioner (optional)
Day 2 curls

1. Mist your hair

My day 2 curls don’t look terrible, but they could definitely benefit from a refresh.

Tying the top section of hair in a high ponytail

Use a scrunchie to make a high ponytail with the top section of your hair.

Splitting hair into two sections

Now split the rest of your hair into two sections.

Misting hair to dampen it

Use a heavy-spray mister to dampen both sides of your hair, without fully saturating your hair.

Applying gel to hair

2. Gel your hair

Rub a dime-sized portion of your regular styling gel between the palm of your hands, and gently smooth it into both sections of your hair.

Scrunching hair

3. Scrunch your hair

Once the gel is evenly distributed into your hair, begin bringing sections of hair up from the bottom in the palm of your and scrunching those sections.

Misting and scrunching hair

Put the side section of your hair to the back and let down about one-third of your top section. Repeat misting, gelling and scrunching as you did for the side sections. Because you are now working with a much smaller section than before, just use a pea-sized portion of gel.

How to refresh curls between washes

To keep the volume in the top of your hair, when you pulse these sections, keep your hair away from your scalp, and gently pulse your fist in the scrunches when you get near your scalp.

Repeat with the next third of your top section and then the last third.

How to refresh curls without frizz

When you are working on the last front section, keep it in front of your head to make extra sure you are holding it away from your scalp

Tip: if your hair is feeling very dry, apply some leave-in conditioner the same way you apply the gel, before applying the gel.

DIY curl refresher routine

4. Touch up as necessary

Now you can look for any small sections that still need a little curl refreshing and repeat the mist, gel and scrunch routine as you did before.

How to refresh curls in the morning

Apply a little extra product to the roots at the top of your head to keep that area from getting frizzy.

Wrapping curls around fingers

If you find some stubborn strands that are still not refreshed, mist them and wrap them around your finger in the direction they naturally want to curl.

Finger coiling curls

Then pull the curl off your finger, give it a little squeeze, let it down and scrunch it back up as you did with previous sections.

Adding volume to your curls

5. Add volume to your curls

As your hair is drying, flip the part on your head from one side to the other every few minutes. This will help get more volume into your curls.

Final scrunching

6. A final scrunch

Once your hair is fully dry, it might feel a bit crunchy from the gel. Just give it a final scrunch all around until that crunchiness is all gone.

Final fluff of hair at the roots

7. And a final fluff

For even more volume, finish by fluffing your roots.

How to refresh curls

How to refresh curls

Now my curls are fully refreshed, super-soft and super-fluffy and the whole routine only took about 5 minutes.

I hope you give this DIY curl refresher a try and let me know how it worked for you by leaving a comment.

Suggested materials:
  • Hair scrunchie
  • Mister bottle
  • Water
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