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Old 02-13-2012, 05:45 PM   #1
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Default How long does it take you to diffuse?

My hair is so difficult! It takes 20 minutes just to get it about a third of the way dry. Currently I'm using the super soaker method and then diffusing, so I think that may be contributing to the problem of dryign slowly. But I can't get good clumps otherwise! Any suggestions?
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Old 02-13-2012, 06:06 PM   #2
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At least 30mins. I can't stand it. Id rather plop and then hair dry. Oh but I've been thinking. I do believe that the product I put in my hair as contributes to how long it takes for my hair to dry. So I tried a moose and it'll only take 3 hours at the most to dry vs. the 7 hrs with my traditional routine. So I strictly use moose when styling now. Flag seed gel drys pretty fast too and leaves the hair super soft
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Old 02-14-2012, 12:13 AM   #3
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It also takes me about 30 minutes to diffuse my hair when my hair is completely wet. But it's annoying, so now most of the time I will just plop for a while because I am lazy. I do it so my wet hair is up on my head and out of my face. I don't think plopping does much for my curls but I just do it to get my hair out of the way. And then I will eventually diffuse whenever I feel like it, and so it takes less time after I leave my hair in a plop for a while.
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Old 02-14-2012, 04:08 AM   #4
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It takes roughly 20-30 mins to diffuse my hair, which I do until it's 60-70% dry, then I air dry the rest of the way, which takes about an hour. For me, my hair would feel way too frazzled if I diffused it until it was totally dry.
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Old 02-14-2012, 04:23 AM   #5
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I leave mine to air dry for about an hour or so then diffuse it until completely dry. If I diffuse from wet it just turns to frizz so that's a no-go for me. Diffusing takes me about 5 mins usually. Ah, the joys of thin hair.
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Old 02-14-2012, 11:21 AM   #6
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I'm just the opposite - I diffuse first for about five minutes upside down to get my curls going, flip over and clip the top for lift then let air dry. If I wait and diffuse later, I don't get nearly as good curl formation.

I rarely diffuse all the way - I don't have the patience and don't want the long-term damage either. When I do, it takes about 30 minutes.

I almost always supersoak, too, but I do scrunch pretty well afterward with a floursack towel before I start diffusing - I do it sitting upright with a spray bottle rather than at the sink, so I may not be getting it as intensely soaked as you are, though it's still plenty squishy enough to do the job.

I usually scrunch with one floursack until it's quite wet then switch to a fresh one. It only takes a jiffy more until I have about as much moisture out that way as I'm going to get. That's when I normally start my diffusing, although sometimes I plop for up to about 20 minutes after that scrunching - not very often, though.
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Old 02-14-2012, 11:52 AM   #7
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For maximum volume, I airdry until I feel the gel crystallize. This ensures good curl formation.

Then I diffuse until its 95% dry, which then only takes 10 minutes.

All of this helps to minimize any potential heat damage.

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