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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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