How to Properly Diffuse?

So, I can't seem to get this diffusing thing down and my hair doesn't really look nice until it's dry. I have watched the demo on the Jessicurl website and just can't figure seem to make it work for me. How do you guys diffuse?

Do you use low, medium or high and do use use cold, warm or hot? How long does it take for your hair to get 80% dry? Is there any technique that you use?

Thank you in advance for any advice to help me so that I can walk out the house with closwer to dry hair.
3B with some 3a. Fell off but am now back on the CG bandwagon and looking for my HG products.
I use low speed, low heat, and sometimes push the cold button. I only dry my hair untit it's about 60-70% dry. Many people (including me) use the "pixiecurl" method, named after the member who came up with it.

here's the method i've found for maximizing curls/volume and minimizing frizz:

flip hair upside down and put hair from front middle section (closest to forehead in the bowl of the diffuser, and hold bowl all the way against scalp so it is "scrunching" your curls for you. THEN i turn the dryer on, pressing the cool shot whenever it gets too hot for my scalp. i then TURN IT OFF before removing the bowl from my scalp. then i go to the front right section and repeat, then front left, then flip right side up and get the underside, then flip back upside down and get anywhere i missed. i don't diffuse until 100% dry, and it doesn't look quite right until it's finished airdrying all the way and i flip upside down and scrunch again.

the key is only having the blowdryer on when the bowl is against your scalp because this minimizes your hair getting blown around and thus minimizes frizz
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I've tried the method Bailey quoted here very briefly. I'm not quite patient enough for that, really, and I haven't allowed myself sufficient time in the morning to do it.

I have been diffusing on high speed and medium heat for the past few days, and it seems to be working fairly well. I'm a bit frizzier today than I'd like, but it's also raining outside, so I'm guessing that might have something to do with it.

I diffuse until my hair is almost completely dry then let it air dry the rest of the way then scrunch out whatever wetness/crunch is left over from the gel. After that, funnily enough, I usually spray some gel onto my hands and re-scrunch for a final hold/touch-up. My hair never looks right until after ALL this. Just know that - when your hair is still wet - that basic look and curl pattern is what you'll have when it's dry.

The key to diffusing is to move the dryer around as little as possible to keep from blowing your hair apart into a bunch of little frizzies. Have you tried a sock diffuser? I've heard those are good, too, but I've not been able to get my hands on one yet. I might go order one and a MF towel right now!

Oh.. one more thing.. when I'm diffusing, I feel done when the hair at my scalp feels almost completely dry. The rest of my hair might not be yet, but that's kinda how I judge when I'm done.
I have very fine 3A hair!
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I do a modified version of the Pixiecurl method. I don't flip my head upside down and I don't turn my dryer off when I move it to a different section. I do hold the dryer to my scalp and dry on low heat and low speed. I don't have any frizz, but I also don't have a lot of volume. Maybe I should try the Pixiecurl method too! Good luck.


Entipy: Slight guano. Your curls look great. Are you following the CG routine?
Entipy: Slight guano. Your curls look great. Are you following the CG routine?
Slight guano? What's that?

Thanks! I am following CG, yes. Modified version, really. I suppose the only big difference is that I'm still using a blow dryer/diffuser instead of air drying. As far as cleaning and products, though, yep! Just conditioners and clear styling gel. My volume still isn't where I'd like it to be most days, but I think that's something I'll just have to deal with until I get more length.
I have very fine 3A hair!
My Home Page: http://www.nookra.com
My Curls: http://flickr.com/photos/entipy/sets/72157594546464041/
Guano means that you're changing the direction of the thread (like when you say "that's a rabbit", or "I'm gonna chase a rabbit", etc.) Since she replied to your original post already, it was a slight guano. Some of us guano threads and make that the entire post :P but we say "sorry to Guano" or "guano" right before we post, out of consideration.

To reply to your original post - I use the pixiecurl method, and sometimes a modified version of it, depending on how late I woke up in the morning. If you concentrate on making sure that your hair isn't moving all that much as you dry your hair, you should be fine. The point is to not "wave" the hairdryer and touch your hair, like most people think when they hear "blow-dry". The less the hair moves, the better. Hope that helps!
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I'm the rebel diffuser here I think. My dryer/diffuser combo has a lot of air holes and a bit of blow to it so it's hard to use the medium heat and not blow my hair around even if I hold it to my scalp. Plus I'm so impatient.
I use low speed high heat on my ionic diffuser, I move the diffuser from spot to spot so as not to fry my hair. I dry with my hair flipped over when I'm doing the top, then flip upright for the rest. I dry until the gel hardens enough to hold it in place but it's still pretty wet on the inside of the gel. Then I air dry and scrunch the crunch out when 90% dry so the curls can finish doing their thing.

Now in the summer I just air dry. It's too hot here to use the diffuser much.
All this being said I don't have split ends, I don't have real dry ends
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Low porosity, medium texture.
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Guano means that you're changing the direction of the thread (like when you say "that's a rabbit", or "I'm gonna chase a rabbit", etc.) Since she replied to your original post already, it was a slight guano. Some of us guano threads and make that the entire post :P but we say "sorry to Guano" or "guano" right before we post, out of consideration.
Originally Posted by LadyCurlyLocks
Gotcha! Thanks! I was a little concerned because I Googled 'guano,' and this is what came up:

Guano (from the Quechua 'wanu', via Spanish) is the name given to the collected droppings of seabirds, bats, and seals [1] (from Wikipedia)
LOL
I have very fine 3A hair!
My Home Page: http://www.nookra.com
My Curls: http://flickr.com/photos/entipy/sets/72157594546464041/
I dry with my hair flipped over when I'm doing the top, then flip upright for the rest. I dry until the gel hardens enough to hold it in place but it's still pretty wet on the inside of the gel. Then I air dry and scrunch the crunch out when 90% dry so the curls can finish doing their thing.
Originally Posted by medusahair
That sounds pretty much like what I do, only I think I probably dry a bit longer and on high speed medium heat. I should probably stop doing that. It *does* tend to blow my curls around more than I need it to.
I have very fine 3A hair!
My Home Page: http://www.nookra.com
My Curls: http://flickr.com/photos/entipy/sets/72157594546464041/
Guano means that you're changing the direction of the thread (like when you say "that's a rabbit", or "I'm gonna chase a rabbit", etc.) Since she replied to your original post already, it was a slight guano. Some of us guano threads and make that the entire post :P but we say "sorry to Guano" or "guano" right before we post, out of consideration.
Originally Posted by LadyCurlyLocks
Thanks for the explanation LCL! Your curls look great too. You all are making me want to try CG.

I tried the pixie curl diffusing method this morning and while I have more volume, my curls look stringy. I guess it's just experimenting until you find what works for you. = some bad hair days.
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Guano means that you're changing the direction of the thread (like when you say "that's a rabbit", or "I'm gonna chase a rabbit", etc.) Since she replied to your original post already, it was a slight guano. Some of us guano threads and make that the entire post :P but we say "sorry to Guano" or "guano" right before we post, out of consideration.
Originally Posted by LadyCurlyLocks
Gotcha! Thanks! I was a little concerned because I Googled 'guano,' and this is what came up:

Guano (from the Quechua 'wanu', via Spanish) is the name given to the collected droppings of seabirds, bats, and seals [1] (from Wikipedia)
LOL
Originally Posted by entipy
It used to be called hijacking, but after the terrorist events, it was decided to change the expression. I don't know why guano was chosen, it was before my time -- anyone remember?
Regarding the sock diffuser,

I have one I use when traveling (thanks to advice from this site) and it worked so great for me last week that I'm wondering why I would go back to the bowl diffuser. I hardly felt any air but my hair definitely was drying. It was GREAT.
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