The air force from a hair dryer can ruin clumping and curl formation. If you have ever blow dried your hair and ended up with a forcefield of frizz then you have seen this firsthand. What you need is a diffuser. A hair diffuser can reduce the air velocity from your hair dryer, allowing you to dry your hair without disturbing your curls. Diffusers are also perfect if you are in a hurry and need to dry your hair quickly. They are also very effective at adding volume to your curls.
Here are 12 quick tips to master your diffuser for voluminous, defined curls.
- Use a diffuser that stays on your hair dryer. Many will fall off. Some hair dryers come with a diffuser but if yours did not, then there's no need to buy a whole new hair dryer. Just find a universal diffuser attachment like the Styling Finger Diffuser or the Hot Sock, they fit most dryers.
- Apply your favorite styling products and then allow your hair to air dry about 75% before using the diffuser.
- Use duckbill clips if you need to add volume at the crown of your head.
- If you are in a hurry, set your hair dryer to the medium setting, just be sure not to over-dry your hair because this will create frizz. If you have time, it is best to diffuse your hair on the cool setting to prevent heat damage.
- Hang your head sideways or upside down when diffusing, gently placing sections of your curls into the bowl of the diffuser.
- Move the diffuser towards your head to get heat up to the roots.
- Be careful not to disrupt clumping and curl formation. This is a gentle but tricky process.
- Keep this up. Working in sections until hair is 80-90% dry.
- Flip head over and adjust curl alignment.
- Use a small amount of pomade or curl cream to scrunch out the crunch.
- Dry hair for one more minute to lock in moisture from pomade or cream.
- Use fingers at roots to shake out hair if you want more volume.
How-to video on using a hair diffuser for curly hair
This article was originally published in December 2010 and has been updated for grammar and clarity.