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Back to Basics: Curl-Enhancing Sprays

These oldie-but-goodie products stood close by me during my crazy hair days as a teenager. I find that sometimes the most simple and inexpensive drugstore products can often be better than the expensive designer types. These scrunching sprays are great for those of who have a perm that's on its last leg and they are also great at giving straight and limp hair a little body. I know that at some point you've had to have used at least one of these! Which is your favorite?

L'Oreal Studioline Pumping Curls ($3.52) is a light, curl-boosting spray with a sweet smell and a nonsticky feeling. Also, it helps reduce frizz and you can use it on wet or dry hair. Pumping Curls was my hair product of choice in the '80s and although it's not something I see regularly on the shelves, when I see it around from time to time, I love to reconnect with my old best friend!

For two more curl-enhancing sprays for your hair,

Aussie Scrunch Spray ($5.49) is an amazing, grape-smelling curl enhancer that you spray on damp hair to create a big, voluminous look. I used to flip my head over, spray my head in little sections, and then scrunch up my hair to help create curls. I'd scrunch and scrunch until the spray was dry! Now I just spray the roots and then blow-dry to add volume to my straight hair.

TRESemme Curl Activator Spray ($4.79) Just because the packaging on this is new, don't let it fool you. This baby is old school and it works great to protect hair from heat styling while helping to enhance your curls with just a few spritzes. It also has a firmer hold than the rest. The smell on this one doesn't entirely blow me away, but it's not bad, just more potent and not as sweet.

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bzybzy7 bzybzy7 9 years
Ew the sprunch spray brings back bad teen angst memories every time I get a whiff, but I do still love the loreal spray. It's getting harder and harder to find.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Mine is almost out (frizz-Ez) so I need to buy one of these and give it a shot :)
PrincessTracy PrincessTracy 9 years hair lady can barely make my hair curl!! It's SSSOOOOO stubborn!
ladyliz ladyliz 9 years
I use Marc Anthony's line of strictly curls products. It works wonders for my wavy/curly/thick hair. Tames frizz and doesn't make my hair crispy like other products.
lilstacylou lilstacylou 9 years
I have definately used bottles of the L'oreal curl spray, however I found a drugstore brand that I like "Sammy" is even better.
booglass booglass 9 years
As a gal with naturally curly hair, I have to say that these products don't work well if you have tight ringlet curls and coarse hair. This hair type, which I happen to have, is easily dried out so products like Alterna, Keratasse (sp?) may be better alternative. I am going to look into frederic fekkai touseled wave spray mentioned by quietriot. Otherwise spray and scrunch away ladies!
courtney422 courtney422 9 years
I use the L'oreal Studio line products and they are great! My hair is never frizzy! It's sad that they don't make the white bottles anymore though, because they were the best.
krampalicious krampalicious 9 years
seriously, the entire john frieda line of curl enhancers is THE BOMB. the shampoo, the conditioner, some frizz ease serum and the dream curls spray, then i twist up sections, scrunch 'em up and shake 'em out and let air dry and voila! big, awesome, messy waves.
tickintime tickintime 9 years
I got a perm last October, 2006!! I've been using the L'Oreal Pumping curls for the last couple months. My curls have come back to life....beautiful and bouncy!
swtsunkisses88 swtsunkisses88 9 years
I like the spray gel from garnier. that stuff was awesome. plus if i cant find it in the stores i just refil the sprayer with other gel. thank you garnier :)
coachluvr33 coachluvr33 9 years
I love Aussie Sprunch Spray. I use it everyday. It is awesome. I have curly hair and I love Herbal Essences curly mousse in the purple can and the Tres Semme curly mousse (black can with green writing) These are both awesome!!!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I swear by Aussie scrunch spray, I just used it last night!
Katharine Katharine 9 years
I love the Frizz-Ease Dream Curls too. It makes my curls pretty but not crunchy.
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
Haha @ bluesarahlou - I was about to say the same! I tried desperately at the age of 13 to have curly hair. Really I did. Used tons of the L'Oreal stuff, curled the hell out of my hair. But it refused, and I've since accepted my hair the way it is! No curling products for me ...
sgdish sgdish 9 years
I've heard great things about the L'Oreal product!
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I love sprunch spray so much especially mixed with a little gel. If your hair is wet enough then you won't get stiff hair either.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
The l'oreal stuff works really well, it makes my hair which is frizzy actually curl.
quietriott quietriott 9 years
frederic fekkai touseled wave spray is my lifesaver -- it keeps my curly/wavy hair from getting out of control, and also doesn't make it crunchy or stiff. plus it smells good!
angel0950 angel0950 9 years
i use the john frieda dream curls, curl perfect spray and love it! my hair was straight before my body wave and the spray does wonders!
emalove emalove 9 years
Pumping Curls!!! I used to use this allll the time, after I got my hair permed in junior high school. I think they still make that product, I feel like I've seen it recently. I like the Frederic Fekkai Wave Spray, it works really well.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
That L'Oreal stuff reminds me of junior high when I desperately wanted my hair to be curly....
Karla-Sugar Karla-Sugar 9 years
You completely neglected the best of the bunch: John Frieda's Frizz-Ease Dream Curls spray
SummerBaby SummerBaby 9 years
ooooo im going to have to try one of these! :)
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