Scrunching Hair? Do It With The Best Products

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Hair scrunching is a popular easy-to-do technique, it’s super simple and adds volume and texture to your hair, producing some pretty amazing results if done properly. Finding the best products for scrunching your hair can be difficult, so we’ve decided to help you out and also threw in some extra tips in order to make sure you have guaranteed scrunching success.

The Products

From using hundreds of hair products I have come across a few must-haves. The best products for scrunching hair are:

Aussie Catch the Wave Sprunch Hair Spray

Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray

Schwarzkopf OSiS+ Session Label Salt Spray

Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Curl Scrunching Gel

Garnier Fructis Style Surfer Hair Texture Putty

Out of those products, my top choices are Aussie, and NYM (Not Your Mothers). These products smell great, work fabulous, and create awesome tousled hair. You can sometimes get them for under $10.

Choose The Scrunch Styling Technique

Are you capable of doing braids in your hair? Do you have patience enough to place a nice bun in your head? If you answered no to both of these, then your best bet is to start with the wet look and scrunch and spray. Here is how.


Wash your hair with a good shampoo. Then condition. Choose a mild hold hairspray, and a good scrunch spray like Aussie in the purple plastic bottle, or Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Curl Scrunching Gel (both mentioned above).


Squeeze the excess water out.


Apply some scrunch spray to the entire head. Start at the roots and work your way down to the bottom. While placing the product on squeeze the sections.


Flip your head upside down. Put a diffuser on a blowdryer, and place up to the hair at least 2-3 inches away from the scalp.

Using your fingers scrunch, and twist small sections of the hair. DO NOT fully dry the head completely. Make sure to do it halfway about 70% should be dry.


Flip your head back up, squeeze the sections again. Spray with hairspray.

To go to sleep, place the hair up using a nice size hair clip. Try to get most of the hair into the clip. Then place a silk scarf over it. When you wake up, freshen it up with your fingers, and a little bit of water. Spray and you’re ready to go.

Scrunching Hair Wet Or Dry, Does It Matter?

I prefer doing this hairstyle half wet. When your hair is fully dry, you can definitely spruce it up. By adding a few squirts of the product and your fingers.

If you have straight hair that’s hard to curl, check out the video below:

If you know of any other awesome products that could be considered the best products for scrunching hair, feel free to reply to the post so we can update the list with your help.

Frequently Asked Questions About Scrunching Hair

what does scrunching your hair mean/do?

Are you confused as to what it means to scrunch your hair? Don’t really see the point behind it? Well, scrunching hair is visually like curly hair except that curls are usually done all throughout the hair while scrunching typically affects half of the hair or the ends. You’re able to get your desired look by taking damp or wet hair and using the products and steps mentioned in this post for the best results.

what does scrunching curly hair do?

If you already have curly hair, scrunching with the products listed on this page will give you a more defined curl. The people who see the most extreme results are those who have looser curls and want to take their style to the next level.

does scrunched hair look good?

Hair that’s been scrunched is one of those looks that anyone can pull off. It’s a simple and fun look that doesn’t just look good it looks great. If you’re wondering how to wear it, just take a look at the pics below to get an idea.

will scrunching hair help it grow faster?

Scrunching your hair will definitely help it grow. Using the products and techniques on this page will yield great results. Will it help it grow faster? That depends entirely on what you do…will it help your hair grow faster than if you did nothing? Yes. Will it help your hair grow faster than straightening it every day? Absolutely Yes.

does scrunching your hair make it curly?

Yes, in a way. Scrunching your hair gives it the curly appearance which is basically the point. Of course, it won’t make your hair curly forever, but using any of the products above, you’ll be able to keep the scrunched look all day!

does scrunching your hair make it frizzy?

Using the best products will prevent frizz, but if you want to be on the safe side, avoid using the hairdryer. Just skip this step & you’ll be golden. It will take longer to dry of course, but you won’t get the frizz.

Does Gel Scrunch Hair?

You bet! BUT it all depends on what kind of gel you’re using. If you want the best recommendation, check out the herbal essences gel listed up top. If you’re adventurous go ahead and try using whatever gel you want, but don’t expect it to last very long (or look the best.)

Does Scrunching Work on Straight Hair?

Yes, you can scrunch your hair no matter what your hair type. The steps above will leave you with a flawlessly scrunched look. If you want a more specific step by step tutorial, check out the video below for some great tips.

How To style & Get Scrunched Hair Overnight?

Want to go for that “I woke up like this” scrunched hair look? no worries, it’s the same as the steps listed above. The only difference is when you’re done, you’ll put your hair in a bun. This also works great if you want to maintain your scrunched hair look over time.

The bun is the easiest way to scrunch overnight. All you need are hair ties. Pull your hair back and put it in a bun. The messier the bun is, the more scrunchy it’ll be, so go ahead, get crazy with it.

How to keep scrunched hair looking wet?

In order to keep your hair looking wet, you just have to use more products. Whatever product you choose to apply to your hair in order to scrunch it, just use 2x as much. You’ll run out a lot quicker (obviously) but you’ll maintain the wet look longer.

How to put scrunched hair in a ponytail?

This doesn’t require any special tricks or anything. Just follow the instructions above and use the products to scrunch your hair. Once your hair is scrunched, put it in a ponytail. Yes, it’s literally that easy.

How to refresh scrunched hair?

The easiest way to refresh your scrunched hair is by using a spray. If your hair is sort of naturally curly you can simply put water in a spray bottle and spray it on your hair. For the rest of us, a good sea salt spray (listed above) will do the trick.

How to give scrunched hair volume?

Similar to the question above, you can instantly volumize your scrunched hair, by using any of the sprays above.

How to diffuse scrunched hair?

Diffusing your scrunched hair is a pretty simple task. Instead of trying to explain it, it may be easier for me to just give you a step by step video to follow along with. Here it goes…


Photo: Anna Demianenko