11 Best Curl Enhancing Products for Wavy Hair 2021

Find out our favourite products for achieving effortless waves

Looking to take your waves from flat to full and fab? No problem! From delicate finger waves to bold, bodacious curls, these products will help you achieve a perfectly tousled, bombshell look.

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray - back of short and wavy blonde hair - 600 x 428Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray - back of short and wavy blonde hair - 600 x 428

"I bought this product for my daughter. She has extremely curly, thick hair. It smells great and it works great in terms of smoothness and definition. I checked off on it being great for thin hair as well because it does add volume. My only hang up is it's sticky. It doesn't make the hair feel sticky but is extremely sticky on the hands when styling. Overall it is a great product." - Alex ★★★★☆

Ideal for those looking to refine and smooth big, bold waves, Redken Curvaceous Full Swirl fights frizz, humidity, and loss of volume by locking in moisture with nourishing moringa oil. The result? Soft, silky tendrils that withstand all day wear, no matter what your day holds. Fortified with Redken’s Curl Memory Complex and sugar crystals to maintain shape, you can be sure your curls will stay perky and perfect throughout wear, while UV filters and Keralink protect and strengthen hair. Smooth this 2-in-1 cream serum on damp hair before styling to build high-shine, controlled curls or loose, frizz-free waves that last as long as you do.

"This is described as a "primer" for your hair, which is a bit weird, but it is essentially a leave-in cream that helps moisturise and define curly hair without weighing it down. I probably have tried everything in Redken's range by now, and this is a great leave-in product for those of us with curly or frizzy hair." - Kirsty ★★★★☆

If you’re already rocking some gorgeous curls, but finding they tend to frizz and lose shape throughout the day, Redken Curvaceous Curl Refiner is your new curl-controlling lifesaver. Ideal for all hair types and textures, this rich cream streamlines curls by locking in hydration to maintain smooth, silky locks all day long. Infused with Redken’s exclusive Curl Memory Complex and sugar crystals to maintain shape, a dab or two of the Curvaceous Curl Refiner on damp hair before styling is all you need to keep curls bouncy, full, and fabulous. UV filters help protect color and hair health, making this a one-stop shop for stunning curls that hold their shape all day long.

"I absolutely love this cream! I have wavy/curly hair and when I use this it just gives my curls so much more definition and holds perfectly all day. The smell is strong as others have said, but I don't mind the smell at all. I would definitely recommend this! I have tried many curling creams and so far this is the best one I've tried. Will absolutely continue to use this". - Bridget ★★★★★

Bring the magic of Moroccan hair treatment right to your doorstep with MOROCCANOIL Curl Defining Cream. This lush, luxe-scented curl definer infuses hair with pure Moroccan argan oil, rich in vitamin E and hydration, for an effortless styling experience that creates the soft, controlled curls of your dreams. Created to replace the tedious cocktailing of creams and gels curly girls often need to tame their mane, MOROCCANOIL Curl Defining Cream is a one-stop shop that provides protection against humidity and UV damage while boosting volume and hold, making it a great choice for those with fine or thin hair that needs a boost. Nourish and boost your look in a flash with MOROCCANOIL Curl Defining Cream.

"I was suspicious when my hairdresser recommended this for second day curls. But I was happy to see it worked so well. It is good because for my fine, curly hair, I needed something that didn't weigh it down on the second day but also kept the frizz away. Pure water made my hair more frizzy so I needed some sort of styling product. This spray worked so well, I'm on my third bottle. It lasts a long, long time though". - Sarah ★★★★★

Give your curls an instant boost in a spritz with Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancing Hair Spray. A great option for those looking for a natural, cruelty-free curl enhancer, this botanically based curl-boosting spray reinvigorates curls in an instant while scenting hair with a refreshing citrus aroma that boosts both your locks and your mood. This unique curl-tamer is enriched with a blend of wheat protein and organic aloe that expands when hair is wet, but retracts when hair is dry, keeping hair locked down no matter what the day brings. This subtle spray fights frizz and maintains hair health with UV protection, giving you the ultimate easy fix for difficult to manage curls while keeping hair strong and silky. Simply spritz on damp hair for styling prep or on dry hair for a boost throughout the day for low-maintenance curl care with seriously impressive results.

A Powerful Multi-Tasker

"I actually like to use this on dry hair after styling. As my hair is quite fine I find curls drop quite quickly, so I use this to set everything in place as well as adds a bit of texture to make it look 'lived in' as well as lasts all day. LOVE this". - Georgina ★★★★☆

A Powerful Multi-Tasker

Keep it local with Aussie hair darling KEVIN.MURPHY Motion.Lotion. This lightweight curl definer sinks into damp hair instantly to give you silky, supple curls that won’t fall flat throughout the day. While suitable for all types, Motion.Lotion is truly perfect for those with thin, damaged, or fine hair that have trouble finding products that don’t cause their curls to fall flat and frizz at the first sign of humidity. Motion.Lotion infuses hair with nourishing sesame seed oil, bergamot and patchouli to balance oil production in the hair & scalp, and geranium flower oil to soften and increase manageability for a soft, non-greasy finish that keeps curls perky and controlled for all day wear. Smooth on to damp hair before styling for long-lasting, lightweight curls.

"I bought this along with full swirl from the same range and found with this product I only needed a really small amount otherwise it made my hair a bit stiff. Would be fantastic for lots of very curly hair (I have short curly)". - Soph ★★★★☆

Seriously curly girls, meet your hair’s new best friend. Redken Curvaceous Ringlet Anti-Frizz Perfecting Lotion tackles even the curliest, kinkiest hair with ease, defining and smoothing tighter curls to make styling stress a thing of the past. Redken brings salon-quality curl care right to your door with this optimally formulated curl perfector, built specifically for those trying to tackle curls that truly have a mind of their own. This rich lotion blends the nourishment of moringa oil with Redken’s Curl Memory Complex and sugar crystals to maintain shape, keeping curls locked in for all day wear. Keralink, a blend of proteins and amino acids, protects and fortifies hair against damage while UV filters prevent fading and UV damage. Great on its’ own or cocktailed with other curl stylers, simply smooth on damp hair before styling for shiny, supple curls that stay locked in place.

 Define and De-Frizz Unruly Curls

"I have long, very thick, curly hair and often avoid styling because it takes forever and I need to use multiple products to get curl definition and reduced frizz. I have found this to be an excellent product that leaves my hair soft and defined - with no additional products required! I just apply after a wash and microfibre towel dry, then a quick blow dry with my dyson (and diffuser attachment). Another Kevin Murphy win!". - Aimee ★★★★★

 Define and De-Frizz Unruly Curls

Whip those curls into shape with KEVIN.MURPHY KILLER.CURLS. Aussie native hair guru Kevin Murphy brings chic, salon quality styling to the comfort of your home with this supercharged curl control cream. Ideal for all hair types, textures, and curl patterns, KILLER.CURLS is built to provide optimal curl control without sacrificing soft, silky locks. Formulated for movement, KILLER.CURLS is a lightweight lotion that provides all-day hold, banishes frizz, and helps you achieve everything from tight, streamlined curls to loose, luxe waves. Australian fruit extracts, aloe vera leaf juice, and baobab seed oil soften and strengthen while watermelon extract infuses hair with essential amino acids to maintain hair health. Simply smooth on to damp hair before styling for curls with bounce and movement that won’t fall flat.

"I was recommended this product by a curly haired friend and haven't gone back since! I've tried so many similar products over the years but this is my favourite. It gives my curls definition without being crunchy - I just scrunch in while my hair is wet and leave to dry for soft curls without needing any styling, or dry with a diffuser for more defined curls. As other reviews mention it is quite thick, so I wonder if it might be too heavy for those with fine hair." - Michelle ★★★★★

Tame your locks- no rollers required- with evo liquid rollers curl balm 200ml. This nourishing styling balm reinvigorates tired, dry, or limp curls by infusing strands with moisture and hold, maintaining a controlled, silky finish all day long. This luxe balm is an all-in-one curl perfector that eliminates frizz, locks out humidity, and defines your curls for quick, easy styling that keeps your curls fresh all day long. Suitable for all hair types, Liquid Rollers Curl Balm is ideal for those with unruly, difficult to manage curl patterns and textures, calming and refining your look for a more polished, controlled feel. Smooth on damp hair before styling for a controllable curl with minimal effort.

"I have a lot of lightly curled hair, and i have recently started to wear my hair curly on a regular basis rather than straighten it, so i’ve been using lots of new products. It took me quite a few goes to get the hang of using this, but now I have I think it’s great. I run some through the lengths of my hair while it’s still soaking wet, then sort of scrunch out the excess water. Really does define curls without looking greasy when I do it this way. Also, smells awesome!" - Bella ★★★★☆

Invigorate your curls with Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancing Lotion 200ml. Aveda's salon-quality, botanical formula intensifies curls while preventing frizz and fall out for keeping even the wildest manes contained, silky, and supple. Ideal for those with curls that have natural body and volume but tend to go their own way throughout the day, this lightweight lotion locks in shape for a seriously stunning, defined look. This strengthening formula is fortified with wheat proteins that expand in wet hair and retract in dry hair, locking down curls while supporting hair health. Massage a small amount from mid-lengths to ends to take your mane from untamed to polished with Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancing Lotion.

Styling Spray for Beachy Waves

"I have wavy, frizzy, thick, curly hair. I have struggled with finding a salt spray or any spray that would naturally define my curls and last th day. My hair seemed to be too heavy for most sprays or I would have to use a ridiculous amout for them to work. This spray is AH-MAZING! It leaves my hair soft and makes my curls really pop. It isn't sticky and feels perfectly natural. Best of all, it actually lasts in my hair." - Julie ★★★★★

Styling Spray for Beachy Waves

Want to rock a sexy, summer wave all year round? Pureology Beach Waves Sugar Spray gives you a fresh, just-out-of-the-ocean look- no sunscreen required. A quick spritz of this salon-quality wave builder provides lush, undone waves without the drying effects of your average salt spray by utilising sugar as its’ main ingredient, making this a fantastic option for creating beach waves for even the driest, finest, and most damaged hair types. Sugar Cane extract creates stunning, natural waves without any crunch or stiffness, leaving hair touchably smooth while maintaining an natural, tousled look. Spritz on damp hair before styling or let naturally wavy hair air dry for sultry, hydrated waves.

"Love this product! I'm a stylist, and Wool Shake 08 used to be my LIFE. I was a little upset when it was discontinued. So when Fashion Waves 07 came out I was a little hesitant at first, but after using it I LOVE the texture it gives." - Simon ★★★★☆

Bring the beach to your bathroom with Redken Fashion Waves 07 Sea Salt Spray. Great for all hair types, textures, and curl patterns, this invigorating mist amps up volume and body while creating soft, natural waves that will give you a St. Tropez look no matter what the weather. Ideal for those with thin, fine, or soft hair that tends to resist textured styles, volume, and body, simply spritz on before air drying and scrunch, finger wave, or curl for a tousled, fresh-off-the-shore look. Providing a soft matte finish with tons of movement, you’ll be rocking a fresh vacation vibe every time with Redken Fashion Waves 07 Sea Salt Spray.

Pureology Beach Waves Sugar Spray - model smiling while holding product and spraying at long brown hair - 600 x 390Pureology Beach Waves Sugar Spray - model smiling while holding product and spraying at long brown hair - 600 x 390

So, let's recap!

11 Best Curl Enhancing Products For Wavy Hair

  1. Redken Curvaceous Full Swirl

  2. Redken Curvaceous Curl Refiner

  3. MOROCCANOIL Curl Defining Cream

  4. Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancing Hair Spray

  5. KEVIN.MURPHY Motion.Lotion

  6. Redken Curvaceous Ringlet Anti-Frizz Perfecting Lotion


  8. evo liquid rollers curl balm 200ml

  9. Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancing Lotion 200ml

  10. Pureology Beach Waves Sugar Spray

  11. Redken Fashion Waves 07 Sea Salt Spray

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This article has been updated on 15/02 to replace discontinued products with our recent product recommendations. Amelia from our Customer Service team has helped to bring you our most recommended products and up-to-date information.

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