If you haven't got one yet, it's time to pick up a diffuser. Diffusers make your life as a curly girl much easier. While using a traditional hair dryer can flatten curls out, a diffuser can actually enhance your curls during the drying process. However, there is a correct method to using this tool. Here's how to diffuse your curls. Give these tips a try, and let us know how well it works for you.
How To Diffuse Your Curls
Get the right diffuser:
Before you even begin the process of learning how to diffuse your curls, you need to have the right one. Not all diffusers are created equal or are fantastic for curls. However, there are some fabulous ones out there on the market that will work great for your curls. You'll need a large diffuser with lots of holes, and the ability to cup your curls. There are several brands, including DevaCurl, that make diffusers specifically for curls.
Start halfway dry:
When you get out of the shower, remove excess water and apply your curl care products. Then plop your curls or allow your strands to air dry about 50% of the way. This will minimize frizz, as well as the time spent using the diffuser. The less amount of heat applied to curls, the better. However, if you can't do this step that's ok! It'll just take a bit longer to get your curls totally dry. Some curly girls opt to let their curls dry to about 90% before diffusing. Experiment to see what works best for your strands.
Flip and flop:
Before beginning, set your dryer to a low or medium heat. High heat can quickly damage delicate strands. Flip your curls to the side, and gently cup one section with the diffuser. Hold the diffuser in place, allowing your strands to completely dry, before moving on to the next section. Once you've completely dried one side of your head, flop your curls to the side. Use the diffuser to work your way through your curls, drying each section as you go. Once your side strands are dry, flip your curls upside down and continue diffusing to get any strands left underneath. You can also scrunch your curls up with a bit of product as needed.
Fluff and go:
Once your curls are completely dry, you can fluff your roots and scrunch your curls. Apply any extra product, touch up errant curls with a curling wand, and you're good to go!