How To Scrunch Out The Crunch (SOTC) & Break The Gel Cast

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Learning how to scrunch out the crunch (sotc) from your curly or wavy hair is vital to transform crunchy curls into defined, soft and bouncy curls or waves throughout the week.

So, whether you have long or short curly or wavy hair, let’s look at the different ways to scrunch out the crunch to reveal beautiful curls and waves.

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What Is A Gel Cast On Wavy & Curly Hair

Scrunching out the crunch is a curly girl technique used to get rid of crunchy, stiff curls that were created by a gel cast.

A gel cast forms on your curly or wavy hair when you apply a strong hold curly girl product to your wet curls. When your hair dries, the gel forms a cast that holds your defined curls in place.

You’ve achieved a gel cast when your curls look and feel stiff or crunchy. Doesn’t sound like the ideal outcome for your wash day, right? Who wants crunchy curls? But those crunchy curls are a great thing because it means that your defined curls are going to last long after wash day, after you scrunch out the crunch (sotc).

To create a good gel cast on your curly hair or wavy hair:

  1. Apply a curly girl gel, curl cream or mousse to your wet curls
  2. Do not touch or manipulate your curls or waves while your hair is drying and while the cast is forming
  3. Wait until the gel cast forms and then diffuse

How To Scrunch Out A Gel Cast On Curly Or Wavy Hair

Even though a gel cast is good, nobody wants crunchy hard hair. Curly and wavy girls want to achieve long-lasting, soft, and bouncy curls.

To achieve this, you want to gently scrunch out the crunch when your curls are fully dried. This will help to reduce the change of frizzing when you sotc.

So let’s look at some ways to sotc without getting your hair frizzy:

  • Diffusing To SOTC
  • Argan Oil to scrunch out the crunch
  • Scrunch Out The Crunch Without Oil
  • Scrunch Out The Crunch With Conditioner
  • Sleep on it to sotc

Diffusing To SOTC

After diffusing your curly hair dry without touching it, continue diffusing while gently scrunching your curls with your hands until they feel soft.

Flip your hair over and from side to side as you sotc, to ensure that you get volume at the roots.

Argan Oil To Scrunch Out The Crunch

Once your hair is completely dry, you can scrunch out the crunch with argan oil or your preferred oil or serum.

Using oil will reduce frizz, provide shine and seal in all the products you’ve used.

Rub a very small amount of oil in the palms of your hands and gently scrunch your curls from roots to your head, until they’re soft and bouncy.

You can flip your hair over and on either side, while you sotc. This creates voluminous, defined curls at the roots.

Try these other oils and serums to scrunch out the crunch:

How To Scrunch Out The Crunch Without Oil

A great way to scrunch out the crunch without oil is to use a cotton tshirt.

When your curls have completely dried, use a cotton tshirt instead of using your hands directly on your hair, to scrunch out the crunch. This helps to reduce frizz if your hair doesn’t love sealing oils.

Scrunch Out The Crunch With Conditioner

You can also use a little leave in conditioner to sotc to transform those crunch curls into soft, defined curls.

Instead of oil, with a small amount of leave in conditioner in the palm of your hands, sotch using the same technique outlines above.

Sleep On Your Curls

If you’re not going anywhere, a good way to sotc is by not scrunching it at all.

After your curls have completely dried just leave it with the gel cast and head to bed. To protect your curls while you sleep, try these tips and by the morning, your curls may very well be soft and bouncy in the morning.

If it’s not, at that point, you can use any of the techniques above to finish scrunching out the crunch until your curls or waves are soft.

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Final Thoughts

Now you have a great technique to turn those crunchy curls that the gel cast creates, into soft, voluminous curls that will last for a few days. SOTC is also perfect to transform stringy looking waves, created by a gel cast, into gorgeous frizz free wavy hair.

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