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Let her get there on her own. As a former instructor, I can tell you they don't learn any faster by "forced" dunking, and it just makes them angry. Try what cee3 suggested, having her use a toy watering can, etc. Do LOTS of splashing and encourage her to allow the water to stay on her face - you can play games like Hokey Pokey, Wheels on the Bus, etc. At the pool or in the bathtub, water is going to get on your face, and I found this was always an issue with kids who didn't want their head under - they also disliked water on their face. I encouraged their parents to forgoe wiping their faces for them, or saying "let's get a towel and wipe that off" every time they got a wet face.
Let her set her own pace, and if she's nervous, that's ok. I also like to hold my toddler under the armpits and dunk my own head under and come up right in his face (he's still abovewater while I do it, b/c he's not ready to dunk himself yet), laughing and smiling. He loves it, and he's starting to put his own face down now and do the same thing.