Scrunching usually involves squeezing your curls in an upward motion to apply curl-holding products and to enhance the shape and tightness of your curls. You’ll achieve more dramatic results if you use a diffuser instead of your fingers. A diffuser attaches to the end of your hair dryer and allows you to direct controlled air and heat at your hair, without blowing it around and causing frizz. Scrunching with a diffuser allows you to create tighter, more defined curls because of the addition of heat to the styling process.
Wash and condition your hair, then towel dry. Do not rub your hair with the towel, as doing so creates frizz. Simply blot the excess water from your curls.
Use a wide-tooth comb or your fingers to separate your curls if they’re tangled. Do not brush because brushing wet curls can break hair and increase frizz.
Apply styling products to damp hair. Use a leave-in conditioner or hair serum if you’re fighting serious frizz. Use a leave-in conditioner or heat protection product if your blow-dryer makes your hair overly dry or causes damage. Use gel or curl sculpting cream if you need help creating curls.
Start at your roots and move the diffuser in small circles on a low heat setting. Move the dryer downward to dry the length of your hair in a lifting, circular motion to add volume. Continue until your hair is completely dry.
Flip your head upside down. Gather a section of hair and position the ends on top of your diffuser. Lift the diffuser toward your scalp to scrunch the section of curls. Hold the diffuser in place for a few seconds, then release and scrunch another section.
Flip your head back over to inspect your curls. Re-scrunch any flat areas, with your head in an up-right position. Finish with hairspray to keep your curls in tact.