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How To Use A Diffuser On Curly Hair

by Chelsea Castonguay
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Curly girl, you know that rocking your natural strands isn't always easy. There's a lot going against us; humidity, dryness, and frizz can all wreak havoc on your strands. However, you can fight back! You don't have to give up your favorite tool; your hair dryer! Here's how to use your hair dryer and diffuser to get great curls.

What's a diffuser?

A diffuser is an attachment that goes on the end of your hair dryer that minimizes frizz by evenly distributing air around your curls. It can also help prop up curls that otherwise might lie flat against your scalp.

How does it work?

A diffuser cups your curls, allowing the hair to blow around it. This removes moisture without blowing out the texture/shape of your curls. This also helps minimize frizz and keeps curls in their natural shape without blowing them out.

Try to avoid hair dryers that offer ion options, as this can oversaturate your curls with ions, which can flatten them out.

How to use it:

Wash your curls and remove excess water by gently squeezing your curls with a microfiber towel.

Apply your favorite curl defining products throughout. Scrunch your curls to help regain their natural shape.

If you want curls to be specifically defined, such as around your face, twist out those curls separately.

Pay attention to your curls; if you notice any that look like they're about to become puffy or frizz out, twist those as well and apply some extra product to help tame them.

Flip your curls forward and scrunch. Grab your hair dryer with the diffuser already attached. Set the hair dryer to its lowest setting and warm (not hot) heat.

Focusing on one section at a time, cup the curls in the dryer. Allow each section to completely dry before moving on. You can also gently move around to dry your curls from different angles.

Once your curls are completely dry, flip your hair over. You can use a bit more product to help define any curls that didn't dry as tightly as you'd like.

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