hair dryers/diffusers?

Does it really make a difference what brand I get? My dryer is just a dryer probably from Walmart and my diffuser is a bowl with fingers made by Salano. It works ok. Not great but ok. I say this because I'm not sure how my stylist got my hair to be so GOOD! I applied the exact same products and applied them the same way but I didn't get any where near the results as she did. I gave up using her technique and went back to using mine. But my hair isn't coming out like when she did it. SHe got nice clumpy curls, I get more fluffy curls.
Could it be her diffuser or dryer? I didn't notice what kind she was using but it felt different. Less air coming out.
Thanks for any help.
Darby
PW:curlyhaired

Natural hair color - dark brunette
Fine, thinish hair/3a, 3b
My stylist gets amazing curl out of my hair with her diffuser, so I asked her to give me some remedial diffusing training.

One thing is that she swears by ionic dryers. I did end up getting one (not expensive) and it seems to me that it causes less frizz.

She also showed me that lifting the curls with the fingers of the diffuser works better than just aiming the air upwards into my hair, as I was doing.

I tend to have straightish top hair, like many 3as. She showed me how to use two medium size claw clips, clipped along the part to draw the two sides together, to give more curl and volume at the top.

I still am not as good at it as she is, but my technique has improved a lot!
SuZen,

Do you go to Devachan? I'm in the market for a new Devastylist and have flat on top, curly underneath issues these days. I'd love to find someone who can help me bring out the curl on top. I used to have it, but it seems to have disappeared of late.

LB
Dark Brown Boticellis.
Current Routine: L'Oreal Vive Pro Nutrigloss conditioner, Light Headed Melting Gel. Weekly shampoo with Dramatics Color Care shampoo.
No, I go to a non-Devachan stylist in central NJ (Bedminster) whom I found through the salon reviews on NC.com. She cuts my 3a hair wet but is really good with curly hair (she is a curly herself). She uses a lot of information from this website! The salon is friendly to curlies and has no problem with my bringing my Devacurl Low-Poo and One C. Not in your neighborhood, I'm afraid.
I tend to have straightish top hair, like many 3as. She showed me how to use two medium size claw clips, clipped along the part to draw the two sides together, to give more curl and volume at the top.

I still am not as good at it as she is, but my technique has improved a lot!
Originally Posted by SuZen
I'm trying to vision how the claw clips would be placed?? I have very fine thinnish hair. Do you think those would work on mine?
I've tried using the metal clips and I can't get those to work at all. My stylist can but I can't.
Darby
PW:curlyhaired

Natural hair color - dark brunette
Fine, thinish hair/3a, 3b
Yeah, I couldn't get the hang of the metal clips either.

I use two claw clips, the size that fit comfortably around my thumb. I just place one in front of the other along my part, so that each one is pulling the hair on each side of the part toward the center. Placement isn't very critical. I just leave them in while I diffuse and then take them out. (Well, I have been know to forget them and walk around with stupid-looking clips in my hair...)

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