Choosing the Right Hair Dryer Diffuser
If you’ve been blessed with natural curls or waves but want to define them further and perfect their shape without dealing with annoying frizz, then a hair dryer diffuser is an essential addition to your styling tools. What’s the difference between drying normally and drying with a diffuser? Using a diffuser with your dryer gives you more control over the airflow and lets you finish in half the time, helping you create soft styles that enhance your hair’s natural texture and shape.
How exactly does a diffuser work? It spreads air through small holes to distribute it over a larger surface area, covering more than a standard hair dryer nozzle. This system is gentler on your locks and minimizes heat damage, allowing your hair to dry almost naturally, but in much less time. Because of the dramatic reduction in heat damage risk, your hair will maintain its health and shine.
What are the benefits of a diffuser? Here are the main ones:
- Defines waves and curls
Enhances natural hair texture
- Decreases frizz and boosts shine
- Adds volume
- The risk of heat damage is minimized
You may have noticed that diffusers are just a few inches in diameter, look bowl shaped and feature prongs that extend from the center. These prongs separate hair and let it dry in almost untouched sections, as if you were to leave your hair to air dry. With curls and their natural twists and twirls, the diffuser allows freedom for them to dry naturally. Some diffusers can also be soft and shaped like socks. No matter the shape, all diffusers attach to the nozzle of your hair dryer and can be used on its own or accompanied by brushes or other styling tools.
How to Use Your Diffuser
Once you’re armed with a hair dryer and a diffuser it’s time to get that style going. Remember when you go out and purchase a diffuser that the hair dryer behind it is very important, so make sure you have a model that’s top-notch if you want great results. With the diffuser in place, follow these steps:
- Step 1: Towel dry your hair and apply a product of your choice, but if you wish to enhance waves or curls, try leave-in conditioners, serums, gels or mousses to encourage and define shape.
- Step 2: Attach the diffuser to the nozzle of your hair dryer and adjust the setting to a low temperature, or cool. The difference a low temperature makes is that it’s much gentler on hair and can really bring out the benefits of your diffuser, such as sealing the cuticle to boost shine, frizz reduction and enhanced natural texture.
- Step 3: Begin at the scalp and slowly massage your hair with the diffuser’s prongs (or ‘fingers’), using a circular motion. If your diffuser doesn’t have fingers, cradle your hair in one hand gently. Try to let your diffuser’s prongs do the work, the less you touch your hair with your hands, the better the result.
- Step 4: Work your way down gradually to the ends, scooping your hair upwards toward the scalp using the diffuser. Hold each section in place for a few seconds before letting go and working on the next section.
- Step 5: To seal in the style, apply a layer of hairspray all over and then give the whole thing a once-over with cool air. And voila!