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Diffuser for Curly Hair

Why Do You Need A Diffuser For Better-Textured Curls?

Dr. Deepti Prasad
Medically Reviewed By:

Dr. Deepthi Prasad, MBBS.

Written by Our Editorial Team


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Every individual has their own personal hair care and hair styling struggles, but the curly hair community has a common enemy: frizz and consistency of curl pattern. Every curlhead's aim, when they step out of the shower, is to achieve frizz-free, healthy-looking curls. But those model-like romantic hair curls as seen in fashion magazines are a feat that is difficult to achieve through the traditional air-drying process. But with the different techniques, those magazine curls are within your reach!

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You might be wondering, "What is a diffuser? Don’t worry, we've got it covered! A diffuser is a plastic attachment that you can attach to the nozzle of your hairdryer. It looks like a bowl with spikes and holes in it. A diffuser helps to add more texture to your curly or wavy hair by blow-drying it without disrupting your natural curl pattern, which you would know if you had blow-dried your naturally curly hair with the normal nozzles of a hair dryer. This process of blow-drying curly hair generates a flow of air circulation around the lengths of your hair instead of the normal blow-drying techniques that cause frizz.


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What are the advantages of using a diffuser?

First and foremost, any curly head would attest to this: it takes a lot of time to air-dry curly hair; some say it even takes them up to 6 hours! But diffusing offers an alternative; it allows people with curly hair to leave their homes with fully dry hair. Although it takes somewhere close to 45 minutes to diffuse your hair, it is better than the air-drying alternative. Besides, air drying allows the environment and humidity to mess with your curls, disrupting the curl pattern, which leads to frizzy hair. With diffusers, you can kiss goodbye to frizz because they dry your curls quickly before they lose their form.

Besides taming frizz and reducing time spent styling curly hair, it also adds more shine and provides consistent results. Diffusing amplifies your curls by a margin of 20–70 percent, depending on your hair’s curl pattern.

How to use a Diffuser

1. Detangle and prep your hair

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Wash your hair with a shampoo followed by a conditioner designated for curly hair. If you have been looking for a wholesomely formulated curly hair-friendly hair care line, look no further because Curlvana is the way to go. Try Curlvana’s wash & style essential kit, a unique glycerin-free formula that provides sustained hydration and moisture. It has products that are a curly head’s best friend, such as Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Hydrating HA, Pentavitin, Aloe Vera, and Shea Butter. After you are out of the shower, start prepping your hair by applying your curl leave-in conditioner to sufficiently wet it. Apply the leave-in hair cream in a scrunching motion; scrunch from the ends to the roots to lock those curls and moisturize them, and following this process, take a decent size of gel styler and lather it on your hair after smearing the gel in your palms. After this two-step hair prep, go ahead and scrunch them, and to ensure there is casting, after you dry your hair, remove excess product by scrunching your hair with a microfibre towel.

Besides, if you want to define your curls, now is the time to do it, and that mustn’t involve any brushing of your curls because wet hair is more impressionable than dry hair, and the state of your wet hair decides the outcome of your dried hair. Hence, gently use your fingers to define those loose curls by using the ‘curl and shake’ method, the Denman brush method, or another personalized method based on your preferences.

2. Now it's diffuser time!!!

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Attach your diffuser to your hairdryer nozzle and start diffusing your roots at a low heat setting and medium speed setting. We always diffuse the roots first because they take the longest to dry. After all, the roots are always dense. Once the roots are dry, you can move onto the midsections, and while doing this section, remember to flip your hair side to side to add more volume and flip your hair upside down to add that extra volume! During this step, keep the diffuser 3 to 5 inches away from the hair and move in circular motions to hit those spots. After ensuring that you have completely dried your roots and midsections, you can then move on to drying your roots, and once you have dried up to 85–90% of your hair, you can let the air do the rest of the drying.

3. Scrunch your curls!

Scrunch your curls!

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After diffusing your hair, you need to scrunch your curls from the ends to the roots to remove any crispiness or cast that might have built up on your curls due to the haircare products. Now might be the perfect time to go ahead with hair fixing or setting spray to lock those curls in place and give them a put-together effect.

Although results obtained from the diffusing method can differ from curl to curl, the general consensus is that this process as a whole adds more shine, dimension, and texture. It is also important to members that this process cannot be won standalone! It is important to have a good haircare routine and hair care products that provide hydration and shine, like the Curlvana range, to achieve those perfectly coiled curls.

About Doctor :

Dr. Deepthi Prasad

Dr. Deepthi Prasad specializes in Dermatology, Cosmetology, and Aesthetic Dermatology and has been practicing for over 15 years. After completing MBBS from Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences Andhra Pradesh in 2009, she earned a MD in Dermatology, Venereology & Leprosy from Osmania Medical College in Hyderabad in 2014.



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