diffusing vs air drying

i've been contemplating getting a blow dryer and diffuser attactchement for a while now but am a bit stuck.

for those of you that use a diffuser, what is the main difference/benifit of using a diffuser vs just letting hair air dry? does it allow for less poof? more definition. please help before i spend any hard earned cash. lol. thanx ladies...


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For me diffusing gives me more volume which I like. My curls are more defined too.
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For me diffusing gives me more volume which I like. My curls are more defined too.
Originally Posted by nsabater
Same here. Definitely more defined curls.
And I never diffuse all the way dry, just a little and air dry the rest.
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Do you guys diffusing dries out your ends at all? Or do you concentrate on the roots? Any special technique?
Do you guys diffusing dries out your ends at all? Or do you concentrate on the roots? Any special technique?
Originally Posted by hautecocoa
Well right now since I'm transitioning and most of my hair is still relaxed, I concentrate on the couple of inches at the roots. My ends air dry pretty quickly anyway.
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I get more volume and curl definition when I diffuse. When I air dry (rarely) I still get good curls but no volume.
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i dont usually like my results when i diffuse my hair. the roots get all frizzy and yucky and one side is always a little bit off compared to the other.
airdrying works the best for me.
I use to get frizz too, but I found that it had to do with how I was using product and not drying all the way. I usually diffuse for 3-5 minutes, let it be while I get dressed etc... then diffuse again for another 3 minutes. I place the diffuser at the ends and then push it up towards the roots. I don't stay in one area for long. I hope this makes sense.
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I have occasianally diffused, but since I'm not looking for volume (I have enough of that already, thanks!) that's not really a benefit for me. It still takes a lot of time to dry, especially if I have a lot of product on. I just don't have the patience.

I rather the plop (to get rid of the drippies) and then air dry method.

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I was thinking about getting a diffuser too, but I used to have one years back, and I remember I didn't like it much because it seemed to make my hair "swell". I just use my hairdryer on the lowest setting and then air dry the rest. It works for me.
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Actually not much difference for me, but I don't use a diffuser that touches my hair. I use the Babyliss TT3300 with the flat head that acts as a diffuser. I probably get a bit more shrinkage diffusing, but also more control. Best (frizz-free) option is hood drying but I haven't done that in ages - don't have the time. Diffusing (after plopping) takes at very most 15 minutes. Hood drying 35, then you have to diffuse the ends that aren't under the hood.
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I have never used a diffuser but I was curious. For those that want volume....couldn't you air dry and then just fluff your hair a little with your fingers? Or does it give it a different kind of volume?
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I think that it depends on your hair texture. I can't just tease cause then the top is kind of flat, plus the diffuser doesn't just give you volume, it can help your curls be more defined.
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