How to refresh your curls

One of the benefits of having curly hair is that you don’t have to wash it every day. Bonus!

But when you get started on your curly journey, that benefit can feel more like a challenge. I mean, you’ve seen curly hair after a good (or bad) night’s sleep!

When I first decided to embrace my curls, it took me months to nail wash day. When I finally figured it out, I was chuffed. For about 3 seconds. I wasn’t about to go through that process every day. No way, Jose!

I had to learn how to refresh my curls. And believe me when I tell you this has been a total game-changer.

So how can you turn bed hair into big curl energy? Let’s find out!

Step 1

The first step of curl refreshment actually starts the night before. Yes, my curl friends. We’re talking sleep protection. At a bare minimum, secure your curls in a pineapple on top of your head. A satin pillowcase is a great addition to your sleep protection routine. A sleep bonnet is even better.

Step 2

Remove your bonnet and pineapple. Then shake out your curls. I recommended leaving your curls to settle for at least 10 minutes.

Step 3

Assess the damage. How are your curls? Are you in need of a complete refresh or is it a case of a quick touch-up?

Step 4

Apply water. Grab your Curlytops spray bottle and wet the curls that need some attention.

Step 5

If you’re dealing with mega frizz, squirt a small dollop of curl cream into the palm of your hand. Spray that with some water too and rub between your palms. Use the prayer hands technique to apply the curl cream or smooth the water into your curls.

Nearby the roots, place a palm on one side of a curl section and your other palm on the other side. Bring your hands together and gently move your hands toward the ends. Scrunch the section to encourage your curls. Repeat this for all the sections that need a refresh.

Step 6

Fix any funky curls that have a mind of their own. Here’s a quick video to show you how.


Step 7

To take care of any frizz on the top of your head, take a dollop of gel in your palm. Spray some water on it. Run between your palms. Then glaze this over your curls.

Step 8

In a hurry, want to maximise the volume or going somewhere fancy? Grab your diffuser and give your hair a quick dry.

I know this looks like a lot but once you get it down, honestly, you can knock it over in 15 minutes.

Visual learner? Check out how the curls behind curlytops get refreshed on Instagram here.


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