How To Scrunch Your Hair and Get Natural Looking Curls or Waves
Hair can make or break an outfit. For some people (myself included), it has a major impact on how you feel about your appearance. A bad hair day might ruin your whole day. Well, I am sure other things might contribute to that bad day too, but you know where I am going with this! The problem with hair is that it can take a lot of time to do or you might get stuck wearing the same style everyday. If you want to try an easy style that is almost guaranteed to get a lot of compliments, test out my tips to scrunch your hair. And when I say scrunch, I do not want you to come out having hard or "crispy crunchy" looking curls. Depending on the texture of your hair, I want you to either come out having natural looking curls or waves that actually move!
Follow these essentials:
Do NOT use conditioner when you shower. Conditioner often weighs hair down. If your hair is in really bad shape, I recommend looking for a light conditioner. I find that when I only wash my hair with a clarifying or clear shampoo, my hair curls better!
Do NOT brush your hair when you get out of the shower. This was the biggest mistake I made for years. Brushing your hair will brush out most of any natural curl or wave that your hair has.
Get rid of the excess water in your hair. You do not want to scrunch your hair when it is sopping wet. Squeeze the water out of your hair and only towel dry it enough to get some of the dampness out. Do not overdue it though because hair will not scrunch if it is too dry!
Shake out your hair and start scrunching before putting in product. Flip your head upside down and put both of your hands underneath your hair to where you are touching your scalp. Quickly move your hands back for a few seconds. Start scrunching your hair by getting handfuls of hair and squeezing it. Repeat until you have covered most of your head and watch the curls or waves start to form!.
Flip your head back, put your product in, and continue to scrunch Depending on your hair texture and smell preference, you might have to experiment with a couple of different products until you find one you like best. I alternate between using inexpensive regular gel and curl boosting spray gel. The regular gel I use is either LA Looks or Dep, which can be purchased relatively cheap at any drug store. If you choose a gel, put it into your hands and resume scrunching. Put a little in your hands at a time so you do not end up getting too much in one section. If you choose a spray gel (I like Loreal's Studio Line Tightly Wound Curl Boosting Spray Gel. Wow, that was a mouthful!), spray it in your hair (making sure you get all sections), and resume scrunching.
I DO NOT recommend hair spray. If you are going for a natural look, I do not recommend hair spray. This is usually what leaves hair looking hard. If you want this look, then break out the AquaNet!
How your hair dries will depend on time. I find that letting your hair dry naturally without any heat works best. But if you have thick hair like me, it can take a couple hours on some days. If you decide to let it dry this way, DO NOT KEEP TOUCHING IT. You can keep scrunching occasionally, but if you keep feeling the curls, you will pull them out and they will not look as nice.
The alternative to letting your hair dry natural is to diffuse it. A diffuser is a hair tool that can be purchased on its own or as an extension to a hair dryer. If you want to purchase one but do not want to spend a lot of money, I suggest just buying it as an extension for your blow dryer. They can be found at most places hair tools are sold or on eBay. Use the diffuser by placing it on different sections of your head and holding it there. Do not forget to flip your head over and get the hair underneath! If you do not have time or money to buy a diffuser, but want your hair to dry quick, put your hair dryer on a low setting and use it as if you were regularly drying your hair while simultaneously scrunching it.
I hope these tips work for some of you out there to give you natural looking waves or curls! It is a great hairstyle for the hot summer months or for those really humid days. It is a reality that some people's hair just won't scrunch, but you will never know until you try!