Issues with Diffusing?

So I'm fairly new to diffusing, and I would really like it to work for me since it easily takes an hour or two off of my dry time. However, I'm running into a few troubling issues

1. When I diffuse my hair, I end up with an annoying (not to mention unattractive) layer of fuzz, mostly around the ends of my layers, but some does extend up my hair. I don't recall encountering this issue with diffusing prior to going CG :/

2. From what I've read in other threads, it seems like diffusing usually yields tighter curls or waves. Unfortunately for me, it seems to loosen my wave pattern AND break up my clumps.

Since going CG, I have found that my hair becomes over-conditioned pretty easily, and I'm still trying to find the right moisture/protein balance. I know I need more protein in my daily routine. Could this be part of the fuzziness? My hair is also pretty long (about an inch past my bra strap in the back), so is it possible that my hair is too long to diffuse properly?

I usually use a tiny bit of LI, scrunch out excess water, and scrunch in lots of FSG. Then I plop for 30 minutes to an hour. At this point, I still have pretty good clumps and wave/curl pattern. This is when I will diffuse or air dry. I'm type 2B in front, 2C in back, low porosity, and fine, but I have a lot of strands.

Thanks for any insight!
2C/B; Low porosity; Fine; Med. density

Low-Poo: L'Oreal Evercurl
CO: V05 Kiwi Lime
RO: SN Coconut; CJ Smoothing Lotion
LI: Ouidad Curl Quencher
Style: CJ CCCCL; CiaB; FSG!
PT: Gelatin
Modified CG since 2/13
I think there's a big difference in the effects of different diffusers. I'm a 2b, and the bowl-type diffusers (with fingers) do the best job, imo. Somehow being able to place my hair inside the cup or bowl does the trick of giving me the right shape without leaving wonky pieces. The totally flat diffusers are useless, and the pancake styles with spikes are only slightly better.

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Last edited by claudine19; 03-22-2013 at 07:55 AM. Reason: finger clarification
How are you diffusing? I find doing the "pixie curl" method does the most to minimize frizz. what is the pixie curl diffusing method?

Also, I'm not sure I could use only FSG and diffuse without frizz. I layer a little bit of harder hold gel over the top of my FSG to minimize the frizz. I only scrunch it into my hair, so it mostly ends up kind of gluing my ends together as my hair dries. It can lead to a little bit of a wet look, but it's easily scrunched out if you don't use too much.
2b/c, high density
fine, medium porosity, normal elasticity
loves protein, hates polyquats
still searching for HGs
Thank you ladies!

My diffuser is flat with fingers...it's the one that came with my hair dryer :x Maybe it's time I invested in a better cup style one so my hair isn't loose on the edge.

Also, I thought I was using the pixie curl method, but apparently I missed the part where the dryer is turned on and off with each scrunched section! I'm sure that prevents flyaways from rogue bursts of air. DUH!
2C/B; Low porosity; Fine; Med. density

Low-Poo: L'Oreal Evercurl
CO: V05 Kiwi Lime
RO: SN Coconut; CJ Smoothing Lotion
LI: Ouidad Curl Quencher
Style: CJ CCCCL; CiaB; FSG!
PT: Gelatin
Modified CG since 2/13
I was using the diffuser that came with my hairdryer, but then went and bought the Finger Diffuser from curlyhairsolutions.com.
I really like it!!!
Not sure if there is a huge difference since i was Just starting to go curly when i bought it. But i would recommend it. Its a bowl..... I love it!



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I use a sock diffuser - I don't touch my hair with it at all while I'm drying. I used to have a bowl one but couldn't put my hair in it without my curls breaking up and frizzing.
3b in South Australia.
I would try to use more leave in -- if you're afraid of getting over-conditioned, try to find a protein rich leave in. Your hair should really like that! Also, if you have enough leave in in your hair, your hair is better protected against the diffusing (it's still heat...). And I find that more leave in and more gel allows for better clumping.

Also, plopping for 30-60 minutes? Does that work well for you? Most of us can't handle plopping longer than 20 minutes, at most. I don't know the exact cause but most people lose a lot of their curls whenever they plop too long. And their drying time is somehow longer. I have the same.

But if it works well for you then by all means do continue! Everyone's different of course.

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Thank you ladies!

My diffuser is flat with fingers...it's the one that came with my hair dryer :x Maybe it's time I invested in a better cup style one so my hair isn't loose on the edge.

Also, I thought I was using the pixie curl method, but apparently I missed the part where the dryer is turned on and off with each scrunched section! I'm sure that prevents flyaways from rogue bursts of air. DUH!
Originally Posted by JamfoW
Turning the dryer on/off is definitely key for me!

I have this diffuser and really like it: Solia Universal Double Diffuser | Folica.com

Looks like it's out of stock there, unfortunately. I have always used the attachment with the fingers, but it's not flat at all, it has a bowl. Now I'm curious about trying the attachment that's just the bowl, no fingers! I've had this thing for over a year, I don't know why I've never bothered to try the other attachment...

Anyway, point being, I like that I have the option to mix & match with this one. It looks like most of the reviewers have Solia dryers (I do too), but it is spring loaded inside and I imagine it fits other dryers as well.
2b/c, high density
fine, medium porosity, normal elasticity
loves protein, hates polyquats
still searching for HGs
IME, using enough gel/product is key for frizz-prone hair. You have to accept that there *will* be crunch and you will need to SOTC afterwards, but using enough gel to create nice little gel "casts" around my clumps while I diffuse virtually eliminated all frizz for my hair because the little flyaways that might blow around in the air get held down with the gel until they dry. SOTC is really easy (it takes like 30 seconds -- plus it's like unwrapping a present, my hair always looks so different afterwards and I find it kind of exciting lol), and I'm able to use just one styling product (LALSG) this way.

My hair also seems less inclined to frizz during later parts of the day or if I move it a lot, I think because they hairs are all "trained" to aim in the correct direction by then.

EDIT: I only scrunch in my gel right before diffusing, after I've plopped or parted or anything else I need to do to manipulate my hair, because obviously once you add gel into your hair it wants to stay where it is.

2c/3a, fine, low porosity.

Poo: Garnier Fructis Pure Clean (yes, it has a mild sulfate, but I have Teflon hair)
Co-wash: VO5 Kiwi Lime Clarifying Conditioner
LI: GVPCB or
Keratin Complex Vanilla Bean Deep Conditioner (nothing to do with keratin straightening, just a nice conditioner)
Style: KCCC + Pantene Curl Shaping Gel (winter) or LALSG (summer)
Dry: Diffuse or air dry, depends on my mood


Last edited by Trick; 03-22-2013 at 09:04 AM.
Ditto and lol about the sotc comment- it is unwrapping a present. I get a huge thrill out of it too.
Curly work in progress
2C with some 3A if all the stars align
Low porosity, medium to low density and fine
No sulfates since 2009
CG since 2013

In my stash:
Shampoos and conditioners- Tresemme Naturals Low Poo, Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing Aloe, Suave Naturals Coconut
Leave Ins- Kinky Curly Knot Today
Stylers- KCCC, AG Recoil, KY Lubricant (yup), SM Curl Milk
Gels- Ecostyler, Biosilk RHG
Mousse- Devacurl Uplifting Foam, Suave Captivating Curls
Wish me luck guys! I just got my blow dryer and diffuser in the mail yesterday and am planning to try it out today for the very first time. I can't believe I've gone four months CG without diffusing my hair once. Root curl here I come!
3A - C, HP, ME, HD. (Coarse, High Porosity, Medium Elasticity, High Density.)

CG since Nov. 2012

Poos: SM Moisture Retention + Yucca Baobab, TJ's Tea Tree Tingle
Condish: TJ 'sTea Tree Tingle*, SM Moisture Retention* + Curl & Shine + Yucca Baobab, Yes to Blueberries
Stylers: KCKT*, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie* + Curl & Style Milk*, KCCC*, FSG*, CJ Pattern Pusha, Curl Keeper
Sealers: Jojoba* or Grapeseed* oil

* = HG

Good luck dusa!

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I'm afraid of adding more LI because the stuff I have now (CJ smoothing lotion) can make my hair look greasy and flat since it gets weighed down so easily :/ I tried a new LI that i had a sample of today, Design Essentials. It has protein, which is what I'm looking for in a LI. I'm still on he fence about it!

BUT...turning the dryer on and off did help! I still want to look into a bowl diffuser. My hair has less clumps today, but I think it's the new LI. I'm going to try and layer some CJCCCCL over the DE LI and before FSG. Slowly but surely, I'm figuring it out ;D

Good luck, Dusa! Let us know how it turns out!
2C/B; Low porosity; Fine; Med. density

Low-Poo: L'Oreal Evercurl
CO: V05 Kiwi Lime
RO: SN Coconut; CJ Smoothing Lotion
LI: Ouidad Curl Quencher
Style: CJ CCCCL; CiaB; FSG!
PT: Gelatin
Modified CG since 2/13

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