DIY Curl Refreshing Spray

I mentioned in a previous post that I love a good curl refreshing spray. However, I don’t like to spend a lot of money of them for two reasons: 1) I go through them like water and 2) half the time they don’t work! So I’ve concocted my own curl refreshing recipe that works like a charm on my 2nd, and even 3rd, day curls.  Here are my ingredients:

Ingredients for DIY Curl Refreshing Spray

Coconut Oil, Leave-In Conditioner, Water

I like to use a light leave-in like Giovanni for this spray because it blends easily with water. The leave-in softens and conditions hair, coconut oil makes it shiny and helps moisturize, and of course water is the ultimate natural curl activator.

Here’s approximately what I use in a 2 oz bottle (I make it in small batches so I can put it in my purse or travel with it).

  • 1/8 leave-in conditioner
  • One squirt (maybe a teaspoon) of coconut oil
  • Fill up the rest of the bottle with water

Shake (the bottle) rigorously until the ingredients are well blended. The goal is to achieve what I call “slippery water,” so you may need to add more water or conditioner until you get just the right formula. You want the mixture to be thin enough to spray through a nozzle, but have enough “slip” to coat your locks.

When I’m ready to use it, I flip over my limp, dry curls and shake them at the root to loosen them up, then I spritz the refresher onto my hair until it’s damp all over. I flip upside down again, and gently scrunch my hair upward. Most of the time I let my hair air dry, but you could also use a diffuser on low heat if you’re in a hurry. Et voila!

Before and after DIY Curl Refreshing Spray

Before and after

Smooth, frizz-free curls. Do you have a favorite curl refreshing spray or make your own?

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13 thoughts on “DIY Curl Refreshing Spray

  1. You are stunning. I usually use a lavender spray, but now I’m eyeballing yours and think I will try making it this weekend and giving it a shot! The only issue is that my (straight-haired) mother loves the lavender spray, so I may have to make another batch of that regardless…

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  4. Just saw this on Pinterest. Love this suggestion! As a fine textured curlie myself, I have to be soooo careful with styling gels, etc. Most are too thick and weigh my hair down too much at the roots.

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  6. Oh my god. This refresher spray is a life saver! My curls are so much bouncier and defined. I also added a few pumps of Garnier Fructis Frizz Defy Marvelous Oil for some more shine and my curls are looking fantastic.

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