Help Mastering the Diffuser

Hi Everyone,

I've been trying out using a diffuser on my hair, and it's just not working out the way I'd like it to. I use the Kinky Curly Knot Today and Curling Custard, and the CC is supposed to be applied to soaking wet hair. I do everything like I'm supposed to, but when I go to use the diffuser, my hair turns out frizzy and shapeless. It's really hit and miss...sometimes it looks great, and other times (most times) it looks weird. I just don't know what to do. I've had so much trouble styling my hair, and it seems like everyone else has a routine that works but me! Any advice on using the diffuser?
have you tried the pixie diffusing method many find it helps cut down on frizz just youtube it its pretty much focusing the diffuser on the hair and not moving it around to much
Lo-poorganix Shea butter shampoo
Co-wash: suave coconut
Rinse out:GFTN/GVP conditioning balm
Leave in: GF daily care spray leave in
Serum-like product: still need one
Gel:LA looks sport gel/ HESMU,GFPC
Oils: olive, coconut

I think I'm normal-overly porous, medium-thick hair(although I see fine hair too), love protein
I've tried that, and it work sometimes, but most of the time my hair still ends up with most of it frizzy and flat. Maybe I'm just using too heavy of a product in it...I'm not sure. I'm using the Kinky Curly Knot Today and Curling Custard, and Aveda's Confixer. I'm so frustrated...I've spent so much money trying to find something that will bring out my hair's great potential, and I just can't figure it out. Today, for instance, my hair is shrunken up and flat...it's embarrassing. I've got great curl, but whatever I'm doing to my hair is not bringing it out enough. I try to wear it out and wild, but it looks like I tried to tame it and failed. It's just...there.

your hair looks great to me! Maybe you don't like it, but I think it looks really pretty.
Still figuring out my hair so these are just guesses :
3c, medium texture, normal porosity, thick density
Current products:
Shampoo - KeraCare Sulfate-free Hydrating Detangling Shampoo
Moisturizer - Pro-Line Comb Thru Softener, Tresemme Flawless Curls Hydration Lotion Creme
Styler/Finisher - Tresemme Flawless Curls Mousse
Mid-week Conditioner/Leave-in - Tresemme Flawless Curls Vitamin B1 Conditioner
DT - Organic Coconut Oil left in overnight, Vatika Enriched Coconut Hair Oil
Taraleigh, you look fine.. very pretty, in fact. You never seem to be satisfied with your hair, but I think maybe your self-perception is skewed.
"The challenge is to be yourself in a world that is trying to make you like everybody else."
"...rationality is not necessary to sell things.."
My staples: Mane n Tail (cowash), Garnier Fructis Sleek n Shine (leave in condish), Grapeseed oil or shea butter (sealing), Organic Root Stimulator Elasticitea (leave-in condish & light hold)
I generally do not diffuse dripping wet hair. If I diffuse at all its usually on hair that is 85-90% air dried and I'm really just diffusing the roots.

Even though KCCC calls for being used on soaking wet hair, I don't use it that way. I've, in the past month, revisited KCCC and I use it on damp towel dried hair upon which I've applied my LI of choice (not KCKT) and sealed with coconut oil. I let it completely air dry when I can or I go in with my diffuser when its at the 85-90% point.

So you may want to try applying your styler(s) to non-soaking wet hair and/or you may want to try air drying (or hood drying) instead of immediately going in with your diffuser.

In your photo, your hair looks quite nice. What you may want to do to get the added volume is try doing a bit of stretching (from the root) with your concentrator attachment instead of the diffuser. Shake your hair while randomly blowing through it to add volume. From the looks of your photo, you've got the curl definition, you just need to get the volume going.

Last thing to consider is if your hair is all one length, you may not be likely to get as much volume as someone with layers so having layers can be helpful in achieving volume.

Hope that helps.
Thanks everyone. I know I'm hard on myself, but I'm just really self-conscious about my hair. From the front it doesn't look bad, but on the sides it's a little flat and inconsistent in texture. I'll try your suggestions for sure. Sorry, I'm probably being annoying at this point.
Thanks everyone. I know I'm hard on myself, but I'm just really self-conscious about my hair. From the front it doesn't look bad, but on the sides it's a little flat and inconsistent in texture. I'll try your suggestions for sure. Sorry, I'm probably being annoying at this point.
Originally Posted by taraleigh
That's it. You are being way too hard on yourself! Take it easy. Most of us have inconsistent textures.. that's totally normal. That's the thing about curls, they don't "do as they're told", they break the mold. No one has exactly all the same size curls on every part of their head.. I also have flat hair when it's longer. If I don't wet it for a few days it shrinks up a bit more and has more volume, but it's never like boom >> because I just don't have the density for it. And that's quite alright.. I just have to work with what I have.
"The challenge is to be yourself in a world that is trying to make you like everybody else."
"...rationality is not necessary to sell things.."
My staples: Mane n Tail (cowash), Garnier Fructis Sleek n Shine (leave in condish), Grapeseed oil or shea butter (sealing), Organic Root Stimulator Elasticitea (leave-in condish & light hold)

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