Diffusing tips, routines?

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I partially diffuse everytime I wash, which is usually only 2-3 times a week. I always comb my product thru since I always get uneven results when I just use my hands. Then I Supersoak (with a spray bottle), scrunch/blot to get the curls going again then I start diffusing upside down - I don't bother Pixiecurl diffusing. I don't have the patience, I can't tell it helps one bit, plus I think it's hard on the dryer.

I use med high heat for maybe 5 minutes, straighten up and diffuse a bit more, cupping the sides into the bowl, and the back as well as I can - less than 10 minutes start to finish. I stop and scrunch in a little KCCC a la the Smasters method, flip over and do maybe 2-3 more minutes with the heat a notch lower, then stop, clip or clamp the top at least, sometimes all of it with those CHS roller clamps, and then air dry. That little touch of KCCC partway thru reinforces and gets the curls curling more consistently even when it might not have been that curly before - I just dip 3 fingers in lightly, not even to the first joint, lightly rub my hands together, and squeeze it in throughout, especially in the canopy.

I usually leave for work with it still clipped unless I had time to sit under the dryer for a few minutes. If I didn't, I turn the heat and blower up in the car, remove clips about halfway to work and then it's pretty much dry, if not all, by the time I get to work - I have a long commute.

I never completely diffuse even when I have plenty of time. I'm just not patient enough plus I have a bad left shoulder so it's hard to keep at it with just one arm. Not to mention that I don't want to use that much heat on it.

Anyway I have very healthy hair doing all of this, rarely with frizz. Hope something here might help you.

How do those of you who have that Goody dryer like it? Mine is about to croak, I think, and I was looking at it and its reviews on the Target site just the other day. It sounds really good, especially for that price.
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HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

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I diffuse everytime I wash which is about every 3 days. This is how I diffuse and it works for me. Except I don't twist my hair all the way around my head, sometimes just the clumps near my face. I also don't need to use the hairdryer to "calm my hair down" post diffuse. I just use my fingers to arrange the out of place curls. Then I'm done with my hair.

This series has other videos on curly hair, but I can't attest to them as I do not do them. I just diffuse this way.

Wet-Setting and Diffusing Curly Hair - MonkeySee
Originally Posted by jipszee
Oh dear can I just say that poor Kelly looks miserable. The only time she seemed to calm was when the blowdrying demo was finally over. One time a stylist asked me to appear as the model for a video on her website and I was all . I'd only just met the woman too. I can only imagine how cringeworthy and awkward I'd have looked had I been crazy enough to do it.

The wet set tip is pretty cool and I'm excited about it. My hair doesn't seem to take to skipcurling but maybe I'll try just plain twisting towards the top when it's wet to encourage root curl, which I rarely get. I found it a little funny though that the stylist kept mentioning spirals and curls though when the girl's hair was a 2B. It was lovely, don't get me wrong, but she's definitely more wavy than curly. Also her hair was fine, low density and not on the frizzy side. I fear my hair would frizz out if I were to turn the diffuser on and just keep it on, blowing this way and that. But then again I might get root volume that way if I were to angle it right. I don't know. All I know is my first two experiments with blowdrying my hair doesn't look any different from when I airdry, which is both good and bad as I'm aiming for more root curl and a bit more volume on top. Guess i'll have to crawl out of my comfort zone.
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Condish: TJ 'sTea Tree Tingle*, SM Moisture Retention* + Curl & Shine + Yucca Baobab, Yes to Blueberries
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Sealers: Jojoba* or Grapeseed* oil

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WurlyLox, thank you for that in depth play by play. That helps a lot. I love having new things to try out. And I'll have to look into this Smaster's technique because I love my KCCC.
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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

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Hah, figures. I like that's the dryer's only $15 though. How big is the diffuser?
Originally Posted by dusalocks
The diffuser that came with it is not very big and its one of the ones with the prongs that stick out of it. I already had a Conair bowl diffuser and I mostly use that.
How do those of you who have that Goody dryer like it?[/B] Mine is about to croak, I think, and I was looking at it and its reviews on the Target site just the other day. It sounds really good, especially for that price.
Originally Posted by WurlyLox;
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I like mine. I had a more expensive dryer before and I prefer the goody. It's not very heavy. Price was right. And I like the multiple heat options.
I don't. I got one right after I asked. The diffuser is too small and too open - it's only 3-4 inches across and has no enclosed bowl area at all, nor really even much of a bowl shape.

The dryer itself might be fine if I could use another diffuser on it, however, the mostly univeral Conair and Revlon ones I have with the elastic band won't go on it, nor will my old Helen of Troy one with the metal ring that holds it on, or even my Devafuser hand-shaped diffuser.

It's either going back to Target or I'll give it to my niece to use on her straight hair.
2C/3A/3B - modified CG - fairly fine now, normal/low porosity/normal elasticity

Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated or Aim2Health 'poos for scalp, Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite,CJ Pattern Pusha,, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

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I have a Conair bowl diffuser and the deva diffuser and they both fit my dryer.
Very interesting thread, I was surprised to see how many curlies diffuse with low heat. My hair would never, ever dry like that I always use high heat, low setting for my hair. I never air dry, and so far I don't see any discernible damage to my hair. I have been curly for 15 months, and diffuse 2-3 times a week. When I first started I diffused every day. The breakthrough video for me on diffusing is here
How To Style Naturally Curly Hair (complete tutorial) - YouTube
Before watching this, I had flat roots and weird clumps all over the place but I think the flipping gives me more natural placement of the curls.
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Thanks for that video! She does so many things that I thought would result in bad hair - products in damp instead if wet hair, all that flipping, and all that touching the hair with the diffuser - but her hair is gorgeous and not frizzy at all. And its dry in 15-20 minutes, versus the 2 hours it takes my hair to dry! Although her hair looks to be low density when wet, she has a TON of volume when her hair is dry, which I really like. I think I have some experimenting to do with my styling routine this weekend!
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Thanks for that video! She does so many things that I thought would result in bad hair - products in damp instead if wet hair, all that flipping, and all that touching the hair with the diffuser - but her hair is gorgeous and not frizzy at all. And its dry in 15-20 minutes, versus the 2 hours it takes my hair to dry! Although her hair looks to be low density when wet, she has a TON of volume when her hair is dry, which I really like. I think I have some experimenting to do with my styling routine this weekend!
Originally Posted by Rustina
Rustina, I apply products to soaking hair myself, so I can't say much about her application. But the way she diffuses, omg, that was a game changer for me. I love the volume and the shorter drying time. I can't air dry AT ALL, if I step outside with wet/damp hair its like the humidity sneaks in or something: it turns out awful and flat plus it could take a whole day to dry. I hope the experimenting works out! Good luck
Very interesting thread, I was surprised to see how many curlies diffuse with low heat. My hair would never, ever dry like that I always use high heat, low setting for my hair. I never air dry, and so far I don't see any discernible damage to my hair. I have been curly for 15 months, and diffuse 2-3 times a week. When I first started I diffused every day. The breakthrough video for me on diffusing is here
How To Style Naturally Curly Hair (complete tutorial) - YouTube
Before watching this, I had flat roots and weird clumps all over the place but I think the flipping gives me more natural placement of the curls.
Originally Posted by Marci
That's so funny you posted this because my nc.com pal Skorpio recommended Meza's styling videos to me last week and I watched seven in a row the other night. Could not sleep thanks to all the curl envy! But I didn't even see this video. This is much better than the others I watched. I want to give it a try but I'm afraid. It is not fair though. I just have a bad feeling all that flipping would make my hair frizz. I mean my hair hasn't been frizzy since I went CG but I also feel like that is because I'm very gentle with it. This Meza girl can rake and tousle and shake every which way like it's nothing. Maybe because her hair is fine?
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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

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Fine hair vs coarse hair plays a huge role in diffusing, I tried the exact method that Meza does, with curl keeper. oh my god, my hair was everywhere. I have coarse hair on top and medium/fine hair on the bottom of the head. so it was a big no no for me. I thought I could get away because of the length of my hair, it blew the frizz out of me.


@Marci: good to see you here after a while
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3a with some 2a-2c, Medium/Low Porosity
Co-wash:deva no-poo/Vo5 kiwi
Detangle:Suave
Leave-in:Shea Moisture/GVP conditioning Balm/AOHSR

Since long hair- I finger twist in big chunks, which helps till 5th day hair
Gel:LA sports
Plop: Old T-shirt for 15 minutes ,diffuse
That's what I figured, CIG. I know my hair. She doesn't like to be pestered. Oh well. At least we don't have to fear stringy flat hair if we don't diffuse, huh? I used to hate having such thick hair but I like it now. It's like a curly blanket that keeps me warm at night.
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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

it is an interesting thread...I have been CG for 8 months and I pixie diffuse every time I wash(every 2-3days)...plus I quickly diffuse each am to reset my curls...So my routine I do at night…is to plop for 30-45mins then diffuse in sections for 3-5 mins each area...so its appx 25-30 mins of total diffusing time... I leave my hair crunchy and pineapple overnight…Then in am I mist with water, re-scrunch areas to re-clump and diffuse for 5-10 mins total(appx 1-2mins each section)...I do use the low heat setting...When I first started…I thought for sure I would have heat damage by doing this…But I only have VERY minimal split ends…which is probably from my old bleached hair and not heat damage….And I have not had a cut since November...by no other than the AMAZING Tiffany from live curly live free!!!!...Good topic with great info on the multiple ways to diffuse hair…
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I have low porosity and fine/med texture. Easily weighed down and VERY frizzy crown, with straighter under layers

Low-poo:TJ TTT, CJ GCS
LI/RO/DC: CK Satin Roots,Sevi Pumpkin, SSI Okra reconstructor, CJ SAC,CJ RM
Stylers: AG Recoil, JC SS
Jellies: CK Coil Jam, Okra gel(HG)
Gel: JC CC, Ouidad H&H gel, Ouidad moisture lock gel

Hair loves moisture protein.
MUST Pixie diffuse.

My hair dose NOT like oils, butters or polyquats Or glycerin in high dews
I was wondering, in the video she finger twirls her curls... would that be what makes her hair look so curly when dry?
My hair looks a bit (but only a slightly little bit) less curly than hers when wet, but really waaaaaaaaaaaaay less curly when dry...
But I don't finger twirl my curls...

Who here does finger twirl? And does it make a lot of a difference? And does it take a lot of time?

Now most of the times I airdry, but when I don't have a lot of time I diffuse so I can cut the drying time to 2-3 hours instead of 6+ hours
I talked with my stylist about diffusing yesterday, and he advised almost twirling the diffuser into the hair, then holding it (to set) for a few seconds. I tried it this morning and it worked well on my canopy.

For the record, this was advised for fine, porpous, type 2 hair with layers. Not sure it would work for all.

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Wow...watching that video...makes me wonder if I should try some different techniques...I do mine sooo much different...I rake my product in upside...then smaters my hair...so its all together and then scrunch...so I end up with 3-4 big clumps of curls...then I plop for 30-45 b/c my hair is sooo wet from smaters...then pixie diffuse...but as previously stated…I will diffuse each section for 4-5mins straight...til that the section is completely dry then move to the next....with the video…I noticed she dose WAY more manipulation to her hair then I do...But I definitely don’t have as much curl as she dose...im 2b/c...with not root curl....oh and I clip my roots after plopping, while drying...she dose hers after diffusing...any other wavies style their hair like this???? Think Im gonna give this a try next time I wash..hmmm
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2b/c CG since 8/12
I have low porosity and fine/med texture. Easily weighed down and VERY frizzy crown, with straighter under layers

Low-poo:TJ TTT, CJ GCS
LI/RO/DC: CK Satin Roots,Sevi Pumpkin, SSI Okra reconstructor, CJ SAC,CJ RM
Stylers: AG Recoil, JC SS
Jellies: CK Coil Jam, Okra gel(HG)
Gel: JC CC, Ouidad H&H gel, Ouidad moisture lock gel

Hair loves moisture protein.
MUST Pixie diffuse.

My hair dose NOT like oils, butters or polyquats Or glycerin in high dews

Last edited by shellyRN07swavy; 04-06-2013 at 03:19 PM.
oh..and did anyone notice what diffuser attachment she was using?...I love how big it is...
2b/c CG since 8/12
I have low porosity and fine/med texture. Easily weighed down and VERY frizzy crown, with straighter under layers

Low-poo:TJ TTT, CJ GCS
LI/RO/DC: CK Satin Roots,Sevi Pumpkin, SSI Okra reconstructor, CJ SAC,CJ RM
Stylers: AG Recoil, JC SS
Jellies: CK Coil Jam, Okra gel(HG)
Gel: JC CC, Ouidad H&H gel, Ouidad moisture lock gel

Hair loves moisture protein.
MUST Pixie diffuse.

My hair dose NOT like oils, butters or polyquats Or glycerin in high dews
I really liked the diffuser attachment she had too! And I love the volume she ended up with! I decided to diffuse today and definitely got more volume.

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Products: Deva FFVF & Jessicurl Spiralicious (LOVE), TRESemme Curl Boosting Mousse
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My hair loves protein, plopping, and diffusing! Trying to find a way to style and air dry.

That's so funny you posted this because my nc.com pal Skorpio recommended Meza's styling videos to me last week and I watched seven in a row the other night. Could not sleep thanks to all the curl envy! But I didn't even see this video. This is much better than the others I watched. I want to give it a try but I'm afraid. It is not fair though. I just have a bad feeling all that flipping would make my hair frizz. I mean my hair hasn't been frizzy since I went CG but I also feel like that is because I'm very gentle with it. This Meza girl can rake and tousle and shake every which way like it's nothing. Maybe because her hair is fine?
Originally Posted by dusalocks
LOL that is exactly how I felt when I watched this vid... I couldn't sleep, I wanted that hair! As far as the flipping goes, I am very gentle with it especially before the curls are "set". Once I feel that the gel is forming a cast I go ahead and ruffle my roots a bit. This is the part that takes forever to dry and if I don't flip my hair just droops. But for the most part if the diffuser is touching my hair, I leave it in for a few seconds pretty much the same as pixie diffusing. I don't rake or tousle my hair when applying products. I tried it today, just for the sake of trying. My hair is currently in a bun. Worst hair day I've had in months

Fine hair vs coarse hair plays a huge role in diffusing, I tried the exact method that Meza does, with curl keeper. oh my god, my hair was everywhere. I have coarse hair on top and medium/fine hair on the bottom of the head. so it was a big no no for me. I thought I could get away because of the length of my hair, it blew the frizz out of me.


@Marci: good to see you here after a while
Originally Posted by CurlyIndianGirl
Good to see you too CIG It has been quite a while I'm regular on the boards. But guess what, Miami is starting to get humid again... I will def be around, trying to battle the frizz monster! How has your curly journey been?

I was wondering, in the video she finger twirls her curls... would that be what makes her hair look so curly when dry?
My hair looks a bit (but only a slightly little bit) less curly than hers when wet, but really waaaaaaaaaaaaay less curly when dry...
But I don't finger twirl my curls...

Who here does finger twirl? And does it make a lot of a difference? And does it take a lot of time?

Now most of the times I airdry, but when I don't have a lot of time I diffuse so I can cut the drying time to 2-3 hours instead of 6+ hours
Originally Posted by Neleke
Neleke, I finger curl selected sections that aren't clumping just right. Unfortunately I am lazy, so I never notice them until after my hair is partly dry. What I do if i spot a clump coming apart I rewet it, maybe add a tiny bit of gel and wrap it around my finger. Then I pull out my finger and scrunch the looped bit of hair and drop it gently. It usually clumps right up and stays curly. I guess it isn't quite twirling but that never worked for me. I would just get a clump of straight hair doing that

Wow...watching that video...makes me wonder if I should try some different techniques...I do mine sooo much different...I rake my product in upside...then smaters my hair...so its all together and then scrunch...so I end up with 3-4 big clumps of curls...then I plop for 30-45 b/c my hair is sooo wet from smaters...then pixie diffuse...but as previously stated…I will diffuse each section for 4-5mins straight...til that the section is completely dry then move to the next....with the video…I noticed she dose WAY more manipulation to her hair then I do...But I definitely don’t have as much curl as she dose...im 2b/c...with not root curl....oh and I clip my roots after plopping, while drying...she dose hers after diffusing...any other wavies style their hair like this???? Think Im gonna give this a try next time I wash..hmmm
Originally Posted by shellyRN07swavy
Shelly, I used to pixie diffuse until each section was dry as well when I started. My curls formed just fine and with little frizz but it seemed like it was plastered to my head. It looked fine, but I wanted WOW and this video did that for me. I get a lot more volume and plus the flipping allows the roots to fall more naturally (to me). And you know what, I am starting to suspect my hair is wavy... if I don't scrunch/plop/diffuse my hair does a lazy, barely wavy thing and if I let it dry in a bun it pretty much ends up straight. It's hair that doesn't know what it wants, lol.

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