How To Revive Second-Day Curls, According To Pros

Ivan Lattuada

Every curly-haired girl knows that styling can be a challenge, as curls seem to have a life of their own. They are perpetually dry, wild and prone to frizz or falling flat at the slightest temperature change. But heres the great thing: With the right tricks and products, you can save yourself the daily battle and effortlessly refresh your mane for beautiful second- and third-day curls. Here, we share our best curly-hair revival secrets from industry pros. Extra bounce, please!


Rewet And Reset

To reactivate product and loosen up lifeless curls, "spray some water onto the roots and gently massage until your curls are at their desired texture," says Mara Roszak, celebrity hairstylist for L'Oréal Paris.

Skip The Alcohol

To avoid further loss of moisture and keep frizz at bay, avoid products with harsh ingredients such as alcohol. "I would especially advise against dry shampoo because you want to keep the moisture in your curls, and curly hair tends not to get as greasy anyway so it isn't really needed," explains Mara.

Keep Hair Conditioned

Curls by nature are slightly drier than other textures, so by adding a lightweight leave-in conditioner to your hands and twisting or scrunching the hair, "you can bring back its radiance and help reshape the pattern," says Matt Fugate, Kérastase celebrity hairstylist.

Preserve Your Style

Curling irons should only be used twice a week since their high temps can cause further damage. To fake freshly styled curls, "simply run an iron around the curls at the top layer of the head," explains Matt. Post-styling, avoid running your fingers through your hair to prevent frizz and breakage, adds NYC's top stylist, Nunzio Saviano.

Nightly Maintenance

To have perfectly coifed second-day (and even third-day) curls, it's important to maximize your nightly routine. "The shower is the only time your hair should be combed at all. Curls should be super saturated and should never be combed outside of the shower," says Mara. Post-shower, apply an oil or leave-in treatment, then "twist hair away from the face and create two buns to sleep in at night," shares Sarah Potempa, cclebrity hairstylist and founder of The Beachwaver Co.