The Best Scrunching Gel or Spray for Straight Hair

Use a scrunching spray and a diffuser to add bounce to straight hair.

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If you have poker-straight strands, you’ve probably had your fair share of issues getting your hair to form and hold a curl. A quad of styling pros pooled together their favorites to offer you the best for creating ringlets where nary a trace existed prior. Invest in a diffuser and discipline yourself to keep a hands-off policy when it comes to your do to ensure the most-lasting definition and least frizz possible.


For giving her straight-haired clients body, hairstylist Kelly Rich of Boston uses the Spring Roll line by CIBU International. The Soft Curl Gel has botanical additives like aloe, bamboo and lotus flower to condition, protect and strengthen your locks, as it gets your straight hair to make beautiful, frizz-free beachy waves. Use the Moisture Mist spray as needed to boost your waves. “It’s great to take on the go and use to reshape and revitalize those curls," she says. The formula has moisturizing ingredients including kukui nut and shea butter.

Garnier Fructis

Parma, Ohio stylist Megan Wiseman uses the yummy-smelling Anti Humidity Hair Spray by Garnier Fructis to scruntch her clients’ straight strands into submission. “Apply Garnier Fructis Anti Humidity Hair Spray onto wet hair, scrunch and blow-dry for an end result that gives you a bend or wave in your hair,” she says. To take waves to the next level, Wisemean uses a curling iron as needed to amp up the curl factor and the same spray for finishing. It’s effective and, at the time of publication, was budget-friendly to boot: “At $3, you can't beat this hair spray,” she says.

Jane Carter Solution

For Orlando, Florida stylist Ukali Brown Washington, the Wrap and Roll spray foam from Jane Carter Solution is a hands-down favorite. “I use this product for scrunching the hair while using a diffuser to help give curl,” she says. The clean-drying formula is ideal for women of color who prefer to wear their hair with its natural texture. It will provide residue-free moisture for your tresses with natural glycerides and botanical oils and accelerate the time it takes to dry your hair.

Salon Grafix

The Curl Boosting Spray by Salon Grafix is Gregory Alan’s pick for scrunching when styling celebrities on location or in his New York salon. “I’ve noticed that virtually all other sprays, gels, foams and aerosols tend to be drying on the hair, yet this product leaves you with beautiful, shiny and bouncy curls with minimal frizz,” he says. For best results when applying, saturate the hair from scalp to ends with water and then pat it dry with a towel before spraying the Salon Grafix Curl Boosting Spray evenly all over. Let your diffuser do all the work, and in the end, you’ll get incredible curls that will remain bouncy all day.

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