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How to Use a Hair Dryer Diffuser

If you’ve recently purchased a hair dryer, there’s a good chance that it came with some mysterious attachments—a diffuser being one of them. A hair dryer diffuser is a large, bowl-shaped device that typically has prongs sticking out from it. If you’ve never used one before, diffusers can seem a bit intimidating. However, learning how to use a hair dryer diffuser can help you achieve beautiful curls and waves.

How to Use a Hair Dryer Diffuser

Benefits of Using a Diffuser

There are many benefits that come along with learning how to use a hair dryer diffuser. For starters, if you have naturally wavy or curly hair, you’ll be able to more quickly and efficiently dry your hair without damaging it in the process. The design of a diffuser encourages air to circulate around your curls, allowing them to dry without your natural curl being disturbed. The end result is voluminous, bouncy curls or waves that aren’t frizzy!


So, you’re ready to learn how to use a hair diffuser…but where do you start?


How to Use a Hair Dryer Diffuser

Start With the Right Protection

The obvious first step is to connect your diffuser to your hair dryer. Keep in mind that not all diffusers work on all dryers, so you’ll want to make sure you have a proper fit. From there, you’ll also want to take measures to protect your hair from the heat you’re able to subject it to. A leave-in, heat-protecting spray will work wonders here and prevent your hair from becoming damaged.

How to Use a Hair Dryer Diffuser

Perfecting the Technique

Next, it’s time to learn the proper technique for using a diffuser. Start with a section of wet/damp hair in its natural state. Tilt your head to the side, then loosely place the section of hair into the diffuser bowl. Then, bring the diffuser up to the crown of your head while retaining as much of your hair in the bowl as possible. Next, turn the hair dryer on (start with a low setting to be safe) and allow the air to blow through your hair for about 60 seconds before shutting the dryer off, removing your hair from the bowl, and moving onto the next section. Repeat these steps until your hair is mostly dry.

How to Use a Hair Dryer Diffuser

Be Careful to Avoid Over-Drying

When using a diffuser, the key is to avoid fully drying your hair. You want to stop when your hair is about 80-90% dry; otherwise, you run the risk of your hair becoming frizzy, which is the last thing you want.

How to Use a Hair Dryer Diffuser

Use a Curl-Defining Cream

Once your hair is mostly dry, you’ll want to hold your beautiful curls or waves in place using a defining cream. Apply a small amount of curl-defining cream to your palms, then carefully and gently distribute it to the rest of your hair. The key is to touch your hair as little as possible, so you’ll need to be extremely careful when applying the cream so as to avoid frizz. Once you’re happy with the look you’ve achieved, you’re all set! Avoid touching your hair; if it needs tousled to revive your waves or curls, try gently flipping your head.

Learning to use a diffuser while drying your hair can take some time and practice. However, once you’ve perfected the technique, you’ll be able to pull off some truly amazing waves and cute, curly styles!

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