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lushaholic 11-07-2004 04:33 PM

Favorite diffusing method?
 
If you diffuse, do you use the Hot Sock or a regular 'bowl'-type diffuser attachment? I have the diffuser that looks like a bowl with fingers inside. I was especially wanting to know from those who have tried both, but prefer one over the other for some reason?

Also, I saw a 'Hot-Sock' knockoff at Sally's the other day, called 'mitt-diffuser'. It was only 3.99, but it looked like it would cause your hair to stick to it? Has anyone bought this and tried it?

And if you only air-dry (after plopping, or scrunching with towel of choice) is it because you're afraid of adding any damage to your hair?

Thanks! :)

miacurl 11-07-2004 05:29 PM

I find I get better lift to my curls with the bowl diffuser--the "sock" type I used only when I traveled :)

puddles 11-07-2004 05:43 PM

I just started diffusing again (3 days :lol: ). I used to strictly air-dry because I got too much frizz. I got a new cut on Friday - finally found a curl-knowledgable stylist!! - and now I can finally diffuse! :D I use a bowl diffuser with the fingers. I tried the "sock" type a long time ago, but got more frizz and tossed it. It's not really a fair comparison though. Wasn't this extremely helpful :?

Ladydncing 11-07-2004 06:53 PM

I do both. Air-dry and diffuse. However, lately I've been just air drying because because it takes too long. :(
May have to go back to diffusing because it's getting pretty frigid in upstate, NY. brrrm :shock:

CurliLocks 11-07-2004 10:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by puddles
I use a bowl diffuser with the fingers. I tried the "sock" type a long time ago, but got more frizz and tossed it.

Same here! Bowl diffuser w/fingers. Tried the sock, got frizz too. Plus I kept touching it on my hair and it would stick and pull the curls out and create more frizz. :P Oh, but I air-dry after diffusing a bit, or sometimes just air-dry.

lushaholic 11-07-2004 11:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CurliLocks
Tried the sock, got frizz too. Plus I kept touching it on my hair and it would stick and pull the curls out and create more frizz. :P

That's exactly what I had been wondering! Of course I have never seen or felt the hot sock, but after feeling the one at Sally's, I kept wondering how one's hair wouldn't stick to it?? Thanks, that's what I wanted to know! :)

Kurlee 11-07-2004 11:53 PM

This is something I am interested in too. I use to air dry my hair, but itís way too cold to go out with wet hair up here in the Last Frontier now. (We had 2 F yesterday :P ...which isn't the usual for this time of year).

I use the bowl diffuser w/fingers. Not too bad of a frizz actually, but I am afraid of damaging the hair...On the other hand I don't want to get pneumonia either. :wink:
I actually find that my hair look better if I dry it a bit too this way. It can look abit droppy sometimes just from air drying it.

Jessicurl 11-08-2004 12:14 AM

That's exactly what I had been wondering! Of course I have never seen or felt the hot sock, but after feeling the one at Sally's, I kept wondering how one's hair wouldn't stick to it?? Thanks, that's what I wanted to know! :)[/quote]

The sock thing should never really touch your hair - at least I don't let it touch my hair when I use it - just aim it at the hair and scrunch. :)

To be fair, the only diffuser I've ever used is the sock/mesh kind - I've never tried the bowl kinds, so I have no way to compare them. :)

McCurly 11-08-2004 02:37 AM

Great topic!

Here I am again, little voice from the far Europe.
I know what is a hair dryer and a diffuser but you are all becoming a bit too technical for me to follow you girls :oops:
I probably know what your are speaking about but I don't visualize it since I am pretty sure that we have here other names for stuffs like 'sock types'
Would it be possible for some of you to put a picture of those great hair dryer.
I am also used to let my hair air dry but since yesterday it is not possible anymore because it is just coooold here!!!

I normally use a diffuser but I noticed that it damages my hair. The ends are already very thin and fragile and the canopy becomes always frizzy if I diffuse.
A curly friend told me to use a normal air dryer with a mouthpiece, to put my head down and to use the hair dryer only on the roots avoiding the canopy and the ends.

I tried it but having no mouthpiece it was not so easy.
Just to let you know.

Locke 11-08-2004 03:39 AM

I just voted. :) But in a way I had to "cheat", bc I blot dry with a regular towel.

Why do you use microfibre towels or paper towels or T-Shirts???

Chelle 11-08-2004 05:27 AM

I blot with a towel (regular one) until it is wetter than damp but certainly not dripping, then let it sit for a while, anywhere from 10 mintures to 30 minutes depending on my schedule that morning, and then diffuse with a bowel type diffuser, sort of cupping my hair in it and pushing up toward the scalp and then wiggling a bit :D

What I would like to discuss is what temperature you all diffuse at? I seem to get more curl diffusing on hot than medium but usually choose medium because it is gentler on my hair. Actually I usually start out on hot just to speed up the drying, then switch to medium for a good while and then to cool to sort of cool my hair down and set the curls/waves.

Chelle

NetG 11-08-2004 09:15 AM

I use a bowl diffuser because that's what I have, but I think I want to get a hot sock diffuser. Jess used one to style my hair in Austin, and I thought it seemed a lot simpler to use! I always pop off the end of my bowl diffuser while trying to dry my hair.

I don't diffuse close to dry, but take around an hour to fully air dry after I stop diffusing. Time-wise, that gets my hair dry looking about when I get to work in the morning, because I diffuse before I get dressed, do makeup, etc. I also use high heat/high air but don't hold the diffuser in one place too long, and since I'm not drying all the way I'm not overdrying, obviously.

mitabird 11-08-2004 11:01 AM

I airdry & diffuse, but I plop as well. After I add my products, I plop while I lotion up, get dressed, etc. I airdry for about an hour, diffuse for about 20 min, & let it airdry the rest of the way. I use the bowl type with the figures. I tried a sock diffuser, but I really didn't like it.

WavyWendy 11-08-2004 11:47 AM

I do a combo of the choices in the poll....

After applying product, I always scrunch with a microfiber towel. I air dry often. When I do diffuse, I use the bowl type with 'fingers' - on cool / low setting. I do seem to get better curls with a warmer setting, but the damage is not worth it. If I use a higher speed, I get a frizzy mess....

:)
Wendy

Rain 11-08-2004 12:24 PM

I have the Hot Sock-ish diffuser from Sally's and I love it. I picked my blow dryer based on the fact that it came with its own diffuser so I was really annoyed to find the diffuser constantly falling off. The mitt stays where I put it. I have a standard sized dryer and my daughter has a little travel dryer with the wider opening but I've used the mitt on both with no problems.

Yes, if your hair touches it, it sticks and feels weird...but I try not to let my hair touch it.

Doodles 11-08-2004 01:35 PM

I'm with Jess on this one! :wink:

lushaholic 11-08-2004 02:17 PM

Sorry everyone, I knew I should have added more options, or perhaps been more specific! :oops: I was afraid of making the poll too lengthy or wordy. :wink: I guess I could still add more, but then everyone who has already 'voted' wouldn't be able to go back and change their votes.

puddles 11-08-2004 02:35 PM

I don't think there's any way you could have listed ALL the drying methods - it could have gone on for pages :lol: . People's methods can change daily or be a combo of many. 8) It's a good discussion anyways!

curl goddess 11-08-2004 02:54 PM

I use a microfiber towel and airdry. The MF towel has CHANGED MY LIFE!


BUT


My stylist diffuses with a finger bowl diffuser, and gets great results with my hair. I dont know why I dont get the same.....but every now and again I try it using his method. He has me bend to the side and brings the diffuser up to my hair....less touching I guess. Im so dryer handicapped! It doesnt matter the great results everyone gets.......I always get frizz! Hmmmmmm.....could it be my dryer??

miacurl 11-08-2004 03:03 PM

My stylist said to get out of the bathroom a.s.a.p. to avoid frizz and diffuse in another room if possible....it does seem to help cut down on it.


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