My hair looks awful when I diffuse!

I've been air drying (just started CG on Saturday). I decided to try to diffuse tonight, using the pixiecurl method. The top of my hair looked AWFUL! I ended up totally re-wetting my hair and now it's air drying. The problem is...it's only 2 hours until I go to bed and it takes my hair 5-6 hours to dry completely!! I diffused mostly bent over, but then I was upright toward the end. I have a bowl diffuser with the claw things sticking up. What did I do wrong?

BTW, I did the icequeen method in the shower, then put in Giovanni LA Naturals gel.
I've been air drying (just started CG on Saturday). I decided to try to diffuse tonight, using the pixiecurl method. The top of my hair looked AWFUL! I ended up totally re-wetting my hair and now it's air drying. The problem is...it's only 2 hours until I go to bed and it takes my hair 5-6 hours to dry completely!! I diffused mostly bent over, but then I was upright toward the end. I have a bowl diffuser with the claw things sticking up. What did I do wrong?

BTW, I did the icequeen method in the shower, then put in Giovanni LA Naturals gel.
Originally Posted by purplecurls27
I do the opposite, or the same thing ends up happening to me. I pixiecurl in sections right-side-up, and then once it's almost dry, I diffuse the roots upside-down. No more wonky curls.
Fine but dense 3B: naturally red, naturally curly
CG since July 8, 2008!
Co-Wash: Suave Wild Cherry Blossom Conditioner
Rinse-Out: Giovanni TTTT Conditioner
Leave-In: Suave Wild Cherry Blossom Conditioner
Products: Clairol 3-in-1 Condition mousse with L.A. Looks Sport gel
Fotki pw: curls Updated 9-4-09


I do the opposite, or the same thing ends up happening to me. I pixiecurl in sections right-side-up, and then once it's almost dry, I diffuse the roots upside-down. No more wonky curls.
Originally Posted by purplecurls27
so you diffuse often for a while and your hair isnt dried out of anything? because i lovee the results i get with diffusing but people are telling me that it dries your hair out terribly:[

and i second diffusing rightside up, my hair tends to get blown around more for some reason when i do it upside down..


I do the opposite, or the same thing ends up happening to me. I pixiecurl in sections right-side-up, and then once it's almost dry, I diffuse the roots upside-down. No more wonky curls.
Originally Posted by purplecurls27
so you diffuse often for a while and your hair isnt dried out of anything? because i lovee the results i get with diffusing but people are telling me that it dries your hair out terribly:[

and i second diffusing rightside up, my hair tends to get blown around more for some reason when i do it upside down..
Originally Posted by kayemmkay159
Before I cut my hair, I was diffusing for at least 30 minutes to get it dry enough to go outside so I wouldn't freeze to death. I would use high heat for the first couple rounds, then I switched it to low heat for the remaining time. The speed was always on low. When I cut my hair, my stylist told me it was very healthy and moisturized with no damage, and that was after diffusing all winter.

Most curlies here stop diffusing when their hair reaches 80 percent dry or so because it can cause frizz. If I stop there, my hair still takes another two hours to dry, so I always diffused to at least 95 percent or whenever I had to walk out the door. No frizz, no dryness. YMMV.

Depending on the health of your hair (previous damage, moisture level), low speed and low heat shouldn't be overly damaging.
Fine but dense 3B: naturally red, naturally curly
CG since July 8, 2008!
Co-Wash: Suave Wild Cherry Blossom Conditioner
Rinse-Out: Giovanni TTTT Conditioner
Leave-In: Suave Wild Cherry Blossom Conditioner
Products: Clairol 3-in-1 Condition mousse with L.A. Looks Sport gel
Fotki pw: curls Updated 9-4-09


I do the opposite, or the same thing ends up happening to me. I pixiecurl in sections right-side-up, and then once it's almost dry, I diffuse the roots upside-down. No more wonky curls.
Originally Posted by purplecurls27
so you diffuse often for a while and your hair isnt dried out of anything? because i lovee the results i get with diffusing but people are telling me that it dries your hair out terribly:[

and i second diffusing rightside up, my hair tends to get blown around more for some reason when i do it upside down..
Originally Posted by kayemmkay159
Before I cut my hair, I was diffusing for at least 30 minutes to get it dry enough to go outside so I wouldn't freeze to death. I would use high heat for the first couple rounds, then I switched it to low heat for the remaining time. The speed was always on low. When I cut my hair, my stylist told me it was very healthy and moisturized with no damage, and that was after diffusing all winter.

Most curlies here stop diffusing when their hair reaches 80 percent dry or so because it can cause frizz. If I stop there, my hair still takes another two hours to dry, so I always diffused to at least 95 percent or whenever I had to walk out the door. No frizz, no dryness. YMMV.

Depending on the health of your hair (previous damage, moisture level), low speed and low heat shouldn't be overly damaging.
Originally Posted by sarahthewarrior
So, I went back and finished diffusing just so I could go to bed with a dry head...my hair looks great now except my bangs. My hair curled so much that they are incredibly short now! I guess I will just pull the bangs back until they grow out some.

Before I cut my hair, I was diffusing for at least 30 minutes to get it dry enough to go outside so I wouldn't freeze to death. I would use high heat for the first couple rounds, then I switched it to low heat for the remaining time. The speed was always on low. When I cut my hair, my stylist told me it was very healthy and moisturized with no damage, and that was after diffusing all winter.

Most curlies here stop diffusing when their hair reaches 80 percent dry or so because it can cause frizz. If I stop there, my hair still takes another two hours to dry, so I always diffused to at least 95 percent or whenever I had to walk out the door. No frizz, no dryness. YMMV.

Depending on the health of your hair (previous damage, moisture level), low speed and low heat shouldn't be overly damaging.
Originally Posted by sarahthewarrior
So, I went back and finished diffusing just so I could go to bed with a dry head...my hair looks great now except my bangs. My hair curled so much that they are incredibly short now! I guess I will just pull the bangs back until they grow out some.
Originally Posted by purplecurls27
thats awesome:] i straighten by bangs sometimes to make them longer. & thanks for the advice sarahthewarrior
I diffused again this morning and ! It looks awful. I am wondering if I need to wait for my hair to grow a few more inches before I attempt diffusing again. It curls up SO much that it just looks waaaay too short. I have very, very thick hair, so it's like this giant beach ball on my head, lol!
I cannot diffuse upside down! I get some totally funky waves on top, and it does not look good. I've been diffusing right side up, with the pixiecurl method, and it works out really well. Also, I kind of let the front of my hair fall in front of my face, sort of bending over looking at the floor but not upside down, and this seems to help. The minute I turn my head over weird things start to happen.
2c-Coarse and Porous.
Experimenting with products right now.

My routine:
Low poo for scalp
Condition using icequeen method
rake in gel at scalp
scrunch with microfiber towel
scrunch in more gel side to side
pixiecurl diffuse side to side
SOTC

My hair hates:
Upside down diffusing
Upside down Plopping
Protein
When my hair got (accidentally) cut too short, I had to stop diffusing upside down. My hair just stuck out to the side because it curled way too much.

Maybe try doing it right side up predominately and then flip over just for a little while for a little volume if needed?
3A/2C
Mod-CG since 9/15/08
Lo-Poo: Whispering Windz Farm jar soap
Co-Wash/LI: Suave Tangerine
Rinse-out: EO Rose & Chamomile or Giovanni 50:50
Stylers: Pink Boots & Bioterra Gel
I let my hair airdry nearly all the way then diffuse, if I diffuse from wet I get frizz. I can't do anything upside down as it totally wrecks my curls, nor can I do the Pixiecurl method as it involves too much hair touching (albeit with the diffuser bowl) which again causes frizz. It also makes my curls too tight for my liking. I've actually just bought a diffusing sock thingy and find it surprisingly good. You just have to try different things and tweak where necessary until you find a method that works.
3b in South Australia.
I love this hood dryer...well worth the money. I don't have weird curl ends from the diffuser and tons less frizz. Plus if you don't like it you can take it back to Sally's
High Priestess JessMess, follower of the Goddess of the Coiling Way and Confiscator of Concoctions in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

I love this hood dryer...well worth the money. I don't have weird curl ends from the diffuser and tons less frizz. Plus if you don't like it you can take it back to Sally's
Originally Posted by Jess the Mess
So, does it just sit on a table and you sit under it? How long does it take? How big is it? I have a tiny bathroom.
I find having the wrong diffuser a death sentence for a good hair day. Just this past weekend I went out of town and forgot my dryer/diffuser (Been using for 9 months I don't know what I did without it!) and decided to pick up another hair dryer without actually looking at the diffuser that came with it. It was far smaller in diameter than my one at home and I felt hardly diffused the air. My curls were shot for that day so much that I re-wet my hair and just let it air-dry.

I got lucky with my first pick of a dryer/diffuser combo. It's a Revlon with a large bowl diffuser. Never given me a problem with frizz.
mostly 3a/some 3b/2c at the nape
med-coarse and porous
Current routine:
Cleansing: Co-wash with V05, JCCC
Conditioners:AOHR
Leave-in: KCKT
Stylers:
HESMU, Joiwhip
Protein Treatment: Ion effective care treatment


I have mine sitting on a foot stool and I sit on the floor under it. I think DEL2C puts hers on her coffee table and sits under it on a bean bag. You'll be fine as long as you have a closet to put it in when you aren't using it. It folds up nicely and isn't nearly as big and bulky as I thought it would be. I sit under it for about 20 min or so and by then I'm about 85% dry. My hair is much longer than yours though. What I love is that I can read or be on my laptop while under it. Its like being at the salon every day.
High Priestess JessMess, follower of the Goddess of the Coiling Way and Confiscator of Concoctions in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

I have mine sitting on a foot stool and I sit on the floor under it. I think DEL2C puts hers on her coffee table and sits under it on a bean bag. You'll be fine as long as you have a closet to put it in when you aren't using it. It folds up nicely and isn't nearly as big and bulky as I thought it would be. I sit under it for about 20 min or so and by then I'm about 85% dry. My hair is much longer than yours though. What I love is that I can read or be on my laptop while under it. Its like being at the salon every day.
Originally Posted by Jess the Mess
Hmmmm...I may have to try it out! I am returning my straightener I just bought, so I'll get $85 back for that. I may use that $$ to buy a dryer like this to try out. Thanks!

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