If your hair is fine and/or dead
straight, even the greatest amount of effort will not result in
a scrunched or curly look. If
your have a wave or loose curl and you are after more waves or
a longer lasting look, the advice we have for you here will prove
Firstly, to get the best results
you will need to learn a few basics!
- The diffuser is an attachment
that you fit to the end of your hairdryer which spreads the
airflow and prevents blowing your hair at all. It relies mainly
on the heat of the dryer to dry, so would normally be used on
the hottest heat setting and lowest speed.
- The products you will need (and
you do need them) will change depending on the type of curl
you want and what is possible with the natural degree of wave
you have. Curl enhancing finishing products and care ranges are a good place to start. For scrunching though I still love a little old fashioned mousse.
1. Shampoo and towel dry your
hair. If it needs to be detangled brush it through prior to
shampooing rather than combing it after, this will help to enhance
any natural waves or curls by allowing it to clump together
in its natural sections.
2. Apply a curl enhancing
The amount you use depends on how much hair you have and you
will be able to work this out the more you style your hair yourself.
As a general rule, use less than you think. Too little will
result in a shape that won't last as long or be as curly as
you wanted, too much will leave the hair sticky and hard to
work with. When applying any product to your hair always pop
it into your hands first then work it around them. This will
spread the product so that as you put it into the hair, you
won't get patches of too much. Another way to prevent patches
is to dab the product over the hair, applying small amounts
all over the place. As less is left on your hands, work more
firmly to remove the last bits.
3. Put the diffuser onto the
end of your hairdryer.
4. If your hair dryer has various
heat and speed settings put it on high heat slow speed
for best results.
5. Start with the underneath
of your hair and work towards the top as this area always dries
out first and will go frizzy with this type of look if over-dried.
6. Hang your head from one side
to the other or tip upside down for more lift/volume.
7. With longer hair, allow it
to sit within the diffuser by almost gathering your hair into
it in a circling motion from the ends moving towards the scalp.
With shorter hair simply hold the diffuser over the head.
8. The real trick now is not
to touch your hair. You may place your fingers in at the
scalp to lift the hair away a little to give more volume or
to hold the curl gently in place if your natural wave is very
slight. Besides that don't touch!
9. Finally, leave a little moisture
in the hair at the end and allow this to dry out without the
hairdryer. This will help prevent an attack of the "frizzies".
Only when the hair is totally dry (give it about 1/2 an hour)
can you shake your fingers through your hair to loosen the curl
out and then shape to style.
You never get things perfect the
first time so keep practicing as this look is a great alternative
and eventually is the ultimate in the quick 5min style. As for
what to do between shampoos: nothing! Don't be tempted to brush
or comb this, as you will loose the look. If it does go a little
flat when you sleep on it then mist with a water spray in the
mornings and use your hands to push back the curls.
Finger diffuse drying for texture
This technique is very easy and will
give a simple wavy/messy texture to natural soft to medium curls
or permed hair that is up to 6"/15cm in length.
1. Apply your chosen styling
hair and comb it through to ensure an even distribution.
2. Fix a diffuser to your hairdryer.
3. Set your hairdryer to high
heat low speed.
4. Keep the end of the diffuser
about 3"/6cm from the hair.
5. With the other hand, use
your fingers to lift the hair away from the scalp and gently
"scrunch" the hair. To scrunch, tilt your head sideways, gather
the hair in one hand with open fingers and gently "scrunch"
it whilst holding the hair close to the head to reduce strain.
6. Once the hair is dry, leave
for a further 15 minutes to fully cool off.
7. Finally use a little wax
or oil to define and separate your curls, the
amount of which depends on the individual product instructions,
to complete the look. Don't get too fussy at this point, playing
with your hair will destroy the look.
Pic above courtesy of Cataldo's, Canberra