Diffusers are ubiquitous in the curly hair community, and for good reason. They add volume to curly hair with ease, and cut down drying time by hours and sometimes even days. But for those who don’t have much experience with diffusers, diffusers can seem like some sort of alien contraption. So how do you use a diffuser for curly hair? Can you use a diffuser wavy hair too? The answer is yes, you can, and the complete guide on how to get the most out of your diffuser awaits you below! Keep reading to familiarize yourself with the right techniques and methods that will help you diffuse your curls and waves to perfection every time.
Choosing The Right Diffuser
There are hundreds, if not thousands of diffusers on the market today, and each one boasts different benefits and drawbacks. If you’ve never used a diffuser before, stick with the classic: the standard universal diffuser attachment that works on any blow dryer. If you find yourself traveling often and in need of a more versatile and packable option, opt for either a sock style diffuser or a collapsible diffuser attachment. For those with extra long hair, there are extra large diffusers that can make drying your hair a breeze. Whichever diffuser you choose, make sure to do your research before and find honest reviews from people with a similar hair texture to yours.
Prepare Your Hair With A Plop
Plopping your hair before you diffuse will help you get the best results out of your diffuser, while also cutting down the time it takes for your hair to dry. It will reduce frizz, and by providing lift to your roots as they begin to dry, it also helps your hair build and maintain volume. Plop for at least 15-20 minutes before you begin diffusing for best results.
Not Too Hot
It’s an oft-repeated mantra in curly hair care, and for good reason – heat damage is no joke! It may take a bit longer to dry your hair, but don’t ever use the highest heat setting for one spot too long. This can be damaging to your hair in the long run, and isn’t worth the ten minutes you save. Move the diffuser to different sections as you dry your hair so that you don’t overheat one section, or alternate between heating and cooling if you prefer to work on one section at a time.
Low To Medium Speed
Too strong an airflow can cause frizz, even when it is mitigated by the diffuser. To prevent frizz when diffusing your curls, make sure to keep the blow dryer at low to medium speed at most. Keep the airflow towards your scalp, and use the prongs on your diffuser (if your diffuser is the type that has prongs) to lift your hair and allow the airflow to reach every curl and wave.
When your hair is about 85-90% dry, set your blow dryer to the coolest setting and cool off your hair. This will help “set” the curl, and help your hair hold on to its natural volume. Once your hair is cooled, remove the diffuser attachment and bring your blow dryer up to your roots while on the coolest and lowest power setting. Working in sections, use your opposite hand to lift the roots upward, and dry your roots completely with the cool air. This will add lasting volume instantly, and will keep your hair bouncy and volumized throughout the day.