Updated November 14, 2019 by Taber Koeghan

The 10 Best Curl Activators

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This wiki has been updated 6 times since it was first published in March of 2018. If years of using hot appliances, coloring, and just living in a polluted world have taken the life out of your curls, try one of these activators. They will revitalize the gorgeous shape and volume of your locks, allowing you to maintain beach waves, ringlets, or any other style you choose. Whether your curls are tight and coarse or thin and loose, there's a solution here for every texture. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best curl activator on Amazon.

10. Hawaiian Silky Texturizing

9. Lustrasilk Max

8. Twisted Sista Creme

7. Ampro Pro Styl Enhancer

6. SoftSheen-Carson Care Free

5. Smooth N Shine Extra Dry

4. Cantu Shea Butter

3. Long Aid Aloe Vera

2. MopTop Custard

1. Kinky Curly Original

Editor's Notes

November 13, 2019:

Curl activators are products intended to keep natural curls together and frizz-free. They also protect hair from the elements and can help keep it moisturized and healthy. In this list, we've included a variety of formulas that have been crafted to target specific hair textures, and some can be used on coarse or fine locks. Of course, if you don't have a natural wave to your hair, you'll have to invest in a curling iron to achieve the look you're after.

Sofn'Free 2 in 1, Luster's No Drip, and Worlds of Curls Original have been removed due to complaints about effectiveness and excessive greasiness. Ampro Pro Styl Enhancer is a new addition to the list, included because of its ability to tame coarse locks, and MopTop Custard and Kinky Curly Original were awarded the top two spots thanks to high-quality ingredients and popularity among users with many different hair types.


Taber Koeghan
Last updated on November 14, 2019 by Taber Koeghan

Taber is a writer from Santa Monica, CA, with a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of California, San Diego. After completing her degree, she began writing and editing copy for a host of high-traffic e-commerce websites. Her areas of expertise include the beauty, style, pet, and home products categories, and she has plenty of experience covering literature and art, too. Her personal interests in crafting and decorating inform her writing and -- she hopes -- add a good bit of insight to her work. Outside of copywriting, she is a reporter and columnist at a Los Angeles community newspaper and is currently pursuing a master of fine arts in creative writing.


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