If you have curly hair, then you know how much of a challenge it can be to get it to tame it sometimes.
You likely have a bathroom full of special hair oils, serums, sprays, and shampoos that girls with straight hair will never know.
And that applies to blow dryers too – if you haven’t used a diffuser to dry your hair yet, then you definitely will in the future.
But if you’re inexperienced with hair in general, then you’re probably wondering how to use a diffuser on curly hair.
Well in this article, we’re going to explain everything you need to know about using this wonderous little attachment for your hair dryer to get your natural curls looking fabulous.
What is a diffuser attachment?
The curly girls likely already know this, but here goes: a diffuser attachment is a small, dome-shaped attachment that goes over the end of your blow dryer.
It’s purpose is to diffuse the airflow from the dryer, which helps to reduce frizz and add volume to curly hair.
How do I use a diffuser?
The best way to use a diffuser is to start by sectioning your hair into four parts.
Then, clip the top two sections out of the way and take the bottom two sections, and put them into the diffuser.
Moving around your head, alternate between sitting the diffuser at your roots, and sitting it near the ends of your hair.
Do this for about 5-7 minutes, or until your hair is completely dry.
Once your hair is mostly dry, release the bottom two sections and clip the top two sections up so you can dry them.
Repeat this process until your hair is completely dry.
What are the benefits of using a diffuser on curly hair?
The curly girls out there are wondering, “When’s the right time to use a hair diffuser, anyway?”
If you’re trying to tame wild curls, then using a diffuser after you’ve washed and conditioned your hair can help to add volume and reduce frizz.
If you’re going to be styling your hair with hot tools, then using a diffuser beforehand can help to reduce the amount of heat damage that your hair will incur.
And finally, if you want to add some extra volume to your curls, you can use a diffuser on wet hair.
Tips for using a diffuser
Now that you know the basics of how to diffuse curly hair, here are some additional tips for you to get the most out of this tool.
Blow-dry curly hair upside down
You may have seen people using a hair dryer with their head upside down. They lean their head to one side so their hair falls and turn the blow dryer so that it’s pointing upwards.
Using a blow dryer on curly hair while your head is upside down is a time-tested hack for curly-haired girls around the world. But what’s the explanation behind this?
This is a great way to add volume to your curls, and it’s especially effective if you have long hair. The hair “falls” into the diffuser and then you can move the dryer up and down to dry out the entire length of hair.
Experiment with finger coiling for better curl definition
When you’re diffusing your hair, sometimes it can be helpful to coil your hair into small ringlets with your fingers.
This will help to define your curls and give them more of a spiral shape.
Start by sectioning your hair off into about 1-inch subsections, then twist each subsection around your fingers and coil it upwards. Hold it in place for a few seconds, then release.
Repeat this process until all your hair is curled.
Use a leave-in conditioner
If you want to add some extra moisture to your dry curly hair, you can use a leave-in conditioner while you’re diffusing it.
Just apply the conditioner to your curls as you would normally, then diffuse it as usual.
The combination of the diffuser and the conditioner will help to keep your hair healthy and hydrated.
Learn your natural curl pattern
One of the best ways to get the most out of your diffuser is to learn your natural curl pattern.
This means knowing how your curls look when they’re dry, and also when they’re wet.
Naturally curly hair comes in all shapes and sizes. Once you know your natural curl pattern, you can start to play around with different hair diffuser techniques that will work best for you.
Try air drying your hair a little first
If you’re struggling with frizz when you try to diffuser your hair, then it might help to try air drying it a little first.
This will help to reduce the amount of moisture in your hair, and it will make it easier for the diffuser to do its job.
Just air dry your hair a little bit, then start diffusing it.
Use a wide-tooth comb
When you’re diffusing your hair, it’s a good idea to use a wide-tooth comb.
This will help to detangle your hair and reduce the amount of frizz.
Start at the ends of your hair and work your way up to the roots, using gentle strokes.
Be patient – it might take a little bit of time to get all the knots and tangles out.
Don’t use it on soaking wet hair
One of the main reasons why people use diffusers is to help speed up the drying process.
But if you try to use it on soaking wet hair, it won’t work very well.
Your hair will just end up getting frizzy and tangled.
Wait until your hair has somewhat dried before using the diffuser.
As a side note, in most cases you don’t want to do anything with super soaking wet hair. See our article here on sleeping with wet hair for more details.
Use a microfiber towel
If you’re having trouble with frizz, it might help to dry your hair with a microfiber towel a little bit before using the diffuser.
Microfiber towels are designed to absorb moisture, and they work better than traditional cotton towels.
Just wrap your hair in the towel and let it sit for a few minutes. The moisture will be drawn out of your hair, and it will be easier to diffuse.
Add in some styling products
If you want to add some extra hold to your curls, you can use a styling product while you’re diffusing them. You can use a hair mousse for volume, a serum for a bit of shine and softness, or a hair spray for curls that last all day long!
Just apply the product to your hair as you would normally, then diffuse it as usual.
The combination of the diffuser and the product will help to keep your curls in place all day long. And any texture-enhancing products will make your hair look and feel much better as well.
Play with the air flow on your hair dryer
If you’re not getting the results you want with your diffuser, it might help to play around with the air flow on your hair dryer.
Sometimes you need more direct heat, and sometimes you need less.
Just experiment a bit until you find the setting that works best for your hair type.
Use curling cream for frizz-free natural curls
What article about learning how to diffuse curly hair would be complete without talking about curling cream?
Curling cream is a great way to reduce frizz and add some extra shine to your curls. These usually contain ingredients that help to lock in moisture and protect your hair from the heat of the diffuser.
Just apply a dollop of cream to your hands, then rub it into your curls. You can diffuse them as normal after that. The curling cream will help to define your curls and make them look healthier overall.
Let’s face it: those girls with straight hair will never understand your relationship with hair dryers. It’s about more than just blow drying curly hair to get it dry.
It helps to reduce frizz, speed up the drying process, and add some extra shine and definition to your curls.
Now that you know the secrets of using a diffuser on curly hair, go out and try it for yourself! You’ll be amazed at the difference it can make in the look and feel of your curls.
Just play around with the different techniques and settings until you find what works best for you. And don’t forget about using a styling product to help keep your curls in place all day long!
Thanks for reading! I hope this article was helpful. If you have anything to add, feel free to leave a comment below!