View Poll Results: Favorite diffusing method?
The Hot Sock rules! 4 11.11%
Regular 'bowl' shaped diffuser works best for me 14 38.89%
I just blot/scrunch-dry with a micro-fiber towel/ paper towels, or tshirt, then air-dry. 7 19.44%
I air-dry and diffuse. 9 25.00%
I'm a plopper! 2 5.56%
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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!
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I find I get better lift to my curls with the bowl diffuser--the "sock" type I used only when I traveled
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I just started diffusing again (3 days ). 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! 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
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
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I use a bowl diffuser with the fingers. I tried the "sock" type a long time ago, but got more frizz and tossed it.
Originally Posted by puddles
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.

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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
Originally Posted by CurliLocks
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!
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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.
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.

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.
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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
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.
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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???
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

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.

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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.
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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.
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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....


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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.
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I'm with Jess on this one!
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Sorry everyone, I knew I should have added more options, or perhaps been more specific! I was afraid of making the poll too lengthy or wordy. 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.
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I don't think there's any way you could have listed ALL the drying methods - it could have gone on for pages . People's methods can change daily or be a combo of many. It's a good discussion anyways!
I use a microfiber towel and airdry. The MF towel has CHANGED MY LIFE!


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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??
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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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between shoulders and BSL

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