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tc 12-18-2011 01:00 PM

diffusing question
 
Does the quality of the blowdryer make a difference in how much frizz you get when you're diffusing? Or is it more related to technique?

I've always gotten loads of flyaway frizz when I try to diffuse my hair... even if I wait until my hair is cupped before I turn it on, then keep it completely still, then turn it off and move it away. I have to wonder, is it my blow-dryer or something I'm doing wrong? I just have a $30 Conair blowdryer from the drugstore and I've had it for years.

DrainClogger 12-18-2011 03:23 PM

If the diffuser isn't really diffusing, and it is blowing your hair around, then it will be causing frizz

FrizzBgone 12-18-2011 05:02 PM

In my experience a hair dryer makes a huge difference in how much frizz I get. I've used professional hair dryers for years. My favourite is FHI Heat. It comes with its own difuser. I find that the hair dryer has to be hot enough that it can dry your hair without having to dry it too long. The longer it takes the more frizz I get. I still don't dry my hair until it is bone dry, but anytime I have had to use a cheaper hair dryer, my hair looks terrible.

While I don't claim to understand the science behind it, I do think that negative ions, etc make a difference .... at least for my hair.

HTH

Curly-Asian 12-18-2011 07:35 PM

I have a 30$ Conair Infiniti blowdryer and it works just fine for me. In fact, it works really well.

tc 12-18-2011 08:07 PM

Thanks for the input!
Maybe I should at least try the hot setting before I try a more expensive hair dryer... I was using the warm setting.

msg 12-19-2011 02:35 PM

I've used the same hair dryer for years, prolly about the same price conair. I don't have any trouble with it using the pixie method on warm setting. However, I will get frizz if I don't use enough gel in my hair before I diffuse. I need crunch when it dries!

FelineAlien 12-19-2011 03:07 PM

I doubt the quality of the blowdrier makes a difference. As long as it manages to blow air out, it should work, LOL. I think my hair drier is a cheap Conair too. I blowdry my hair every day and I don't have any frizz. I think how much frizz you have depends on the technique. If I just blast my hair with the blowdrier (even with the diffuser on, and even how they show to do it in the Curly Girl book), my hair will turn to fuzz. I use the PixieCurl technique instead. I take sections of hair, set them on the diffuser and set the diffuser against my head (like scrunching my hair, but with a diffuser). Then I turn the hair drier on. You can leave it on for 30 or 40 seconds, which I think is normal for the PixieCurl method, but I leave it on longer and switch back and forth between the warm and cold settings. That way, my hair doesn't get too hot, and I don't get the frizz I would if I were to be moving my hair all around to dry the different sections every 30-40 seconds. I then turn the hair drier off when I feel the gel starting to harden.

I think there could be a few reasons why your hair is frizzing.

1. You may not have the diffuser close enough to your head when it's on. You want to be sure that your hair is secure on the diffuser and there's no hair flying around from the blast of air.

2. You may not be using enough gel in your hair. Using enough gel is important for keeping your hair in place while it dries, especially if you're using a blowdrier. I haven't ever tried drying my hair without gel, but sometimes I forget to add gel on a spot and it will get frizzy.

3. You may be drying your hair too much. Even if you're using gel, if you dry it too much, the blowdrier will break the gel cast and your hair will be free to frizz everywhere. You should only dry your hair until it's 70-80% dry, and then let it air-dry. Also, try to dry all your hair before it the gel starts to harden, otherwise you'll break the gel cast and create frizz.

You shouldn't be getting any frizz when you blowdry your hair. But I think if you play around with your techniques you can figure out how to prevent it! :)


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