How to Use a Diffuser Without Ruining Your Curls

2016-03-04 17:42:22

How to Use a Diffuser Without Ruining Your Curls

If you diffuse your hair to achieve the best curl definition, you need to know these 10 things.



The air force from a hair dryer can ruin the way your hair clumps together into defined waves or curls. If you have ever blow dried your hair and ended up with a ball of frizz, you've seen this firsthand. A hair diffuser can reduce the air velocity from your hair dryer, allowing you to dry your hair without disturbing your curls. Diffusers are beneficial for anyone in a hurry needing to dry their hair quickly and safely. In addition to drying time, you maximize the volume of your waves, giving the illusion of thicker, fuller hair. 

Some have complained that they experience a lot of frizz when they diffuse, and that could be due to using the diffuser incorrectly. It will boost volume, but the right techniques and product application should do the trick.

Why do curly girls diffuse?

  • It prevents frizz, when done correctly
  • It doesn't disturb your natural curl pattern
  • It speeds up drying time without adding frizz
  • It is less damaging than direct heat from a blow dryer

How do you use a diffuser?

If you are new to diffusing, here is how to perfect your technique for voluminous, defined curls. Before you start, make sure you have a diffuser that stays on your hair dryer (many will fall off). Look for a universal diffuser attachment like the Styling Finger Diffuser or the Hot Sock, they fit most dryers. 

1. Apply your favorite styling products and then allow your hair to air dry about 75% before using the diffuser. 

2. Use duckbill clips if you need to add volume at the crown of your head.

3. Set your hair dryer to the medium, cool setting. Be sure not to over-dry your hair as this will create frizz. 

4. Hang your head sideways or upside down when diffusing, gently placing sections of your curls into the bowl of the diffuser. 

5. Move the diffuser towards your head to get heat up to the roots.

6. Do not disrupt clumping and curl formation. This is a gentle but tricky process.

7. Diffuse in large sections until your hair is 80-90% dry.

8. Scrunch out the crunch with a light curl defining cream after your hair is dry.

9. Shake out hair and fluff the roots (don't touch your hair) for more volume.

Where to buy a diffuser

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Devri Velázquez

Devri Velázquez

NC Content Editor Devri is a passionate writer with a deep appreciation for all forms of expressive art and culture. After being diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease in 2011, Devri's personal mission has been to empower other women to focus on their individual self-care and wellness.

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Great post! I love seeing tutorials on using a diffuser because I always pick up a new tip or two. I'll be giving this a try with my Karmin G3 salon pro hair dryer, it has it's own diffuser so I can't wait to give it a try!
thnx for the tips, imma try that with my Karmin Salon Pro Professional Hair Dryer which is awesome and keeps my hair smooth, shiny and soft. :D
Using a diffuser is easy. It was blowdrying straight that is hard