A diffuser is typically an attachment that fits on the end of a hair dryer. It literally diffuses --spreads-- the air around the curl instead of directly on to the hair.
What does a diffuser do?
- Prevents heat damage and help maintain curls in great shape, and free of frizz.
- Allows for more shine to the curl.
- Encourages natural curl shape and body, as well as texture.
How it works
Diffusers like the Spilo Styling Diffuser usually have prong-like fingers that work into the hair and help separate each curl. They also allow drying without a ton of heat damage. Some diffusers like the Hot Sock are also shaped like socks and are soft and are made simply to allow air to again, move and spread around the head rather than directly onto the hair shaft.
Who it works best for
Because curly hair has the opposite properties of straight hair, diffusers work better for by not allowing as much moisture to be absorbed in such a fast amount of time. Yes, using a diffuser will take more time than simply blow drying your hair with a blow dryer. However, your hair will love you for it since it will be in better shape--and, it is quicker than air drying! Hair blown with a diffuser is usually softer and less frizzy. You can also add some volume to your hair by using the diffuser as you flip your hair over.
How to use a diffuser
- Apply your usual or favorite moisturizing, curl defining product like Ossat's Moisture Mist to lightly towel-dried or air dried hair.
- Use a low or cooler setting when you diffuse for best results--the cooler the air=the less frizz and more shine.
- Start at your scalp and work in a circular motion to help spread the air.
- Gently place pieces of your hair on the diffuser as you move about. Dry hair only about 60 to 80 percent unless you are in a rush.
- Finish by spraying your hair with a setting styler like the Design Essentials Setting Lotion. And remember, DO NOT touch your curls! The more your fingers work themselves into your curls, the more frizz you will see.