There was a time when I used to come out of the shower after washing & conditioning, tee dry my hair, stand straight and apply styling products(serums, leave ins) to my hair just like that. More than half the hair strands wouldn’t even get the product. Pooh. And the next morning, after my hair was dry, I would apply some more product because my curls didn’t look defined or hydrated. These are 2 bad practices that I stopped once I found out about scrunching.
What is scrunching?
Scrunching is the technique of taking your hair in your palms in sections and crumpling it like you crumple a paper into a ball. This encourages curl definition and adds bounce to curls. This should be done only to wet hair because touching dry hair will instantly induce frizz and fly-a-ways.
How I scrunch my hair
- After washing my hair while it is still very very wet(extremely important point!), I take a lemon sized amount of the leave in conditioner or cream and rub it between my palms. – List of curly hair products in India
- I flip my hair over and I scrunch my hair in sections for 1 or 2 minutes while it is still wet. You should hear a squishy sound of the water in your hair mixing with the product.
- Then I take a tiny amount of the product and apply it on my crown and the part of my head at the back till my neck.
- Then I repeat this with a handful of gel (or a little less if it is a high hold gel). To apply curly hair gels, read this – Curly hair gels – Everything you need to know
How to Scrunch
Hold a small section of hair. Start crumpling this section of hair up towards your scalp. Continue this with all sections of your hair. You can already see how defined your curls look as you scrunch your hair.
Here’s a video showing how I scrunch my hair and apply products to it.