How to use a hair dryer diffuser

Jeanette | 28 August 2016
curly blow dried hair

Consider this your fast-track ticket to well-defined, frizz-free curls. 

Those of us with frizzy, wild, undefined curls would normally recoil at the word blow-dry, for fear of adding even more unmanageable frizz to our manes. But there is a simple solution to this problem: a diffuser. We know that hair dryer attachments are easily overlooked, but, curly-haired ladies: it’s time to make a hair dryer diffuser your new BFF.

Why? Well, because they are an easy and practical way to dry your hair, by directing the heated air towards the parts that need drying, rather than just blowing it around and, therefore, creating less frizz! So, want to know how to use a hair dryer diffuser properly? Keep scrolling below to see our guide.

How to use a hair dryer diffuser:


Prep your hair for using the hair dryer diffsuer
How to use a hair dryer diffuser: Preparation your hair to avoid frizz.

1. Prep

Towel-dry your hair after you’ve washed it. If you’re prone to frizz try using a T-shirt instead of a regular towel, as the cotton material will help absorb moisture, but its smooth surface will cause less friction and help reduce frizz, too.

Due to the shape of each curl, it is often difficult for sebum to travel down the hair shaft, so curly hair has a tendency to be susceptible to dryness. To fight dry, brittle hair, spritz your damp mane with a leave-in conditioner – like the TIGI S-Factor Papaya Leave-In Moisture Spray (16.45*) – and then apply a hair oil – like the Toni&Guy Prep Curl Defining Hair Oil (£6.99*) – to help ‘seal’ the cuticles and give your curls definition.

Section your hair before using your hair dryer diffuser
How to use a hair dryer diffuser: Section your hair.

2. Section your hair

Now that your hair has been prepped, it’s time to divide your tresses up. Use section clips to keep each section of hair out of the way, so you can keep track of what you’ve dried and what you haven’t. Attach your diffuser to your hair dryer and set the temperature.

Just remember: don’t set it too high as this will cause further frizz – you don’t want to undo all that good prep work, do you?

place your onto the diffuser
How to use a hair dryer diffuser: Place your hair on top of the diffuser to dry it.

3. Using your hair dryer diffuser

Take your first section of hair and place the ends on top of the diffuser. Gently rotate and move the diffuser towards the roots of your hair, using the prongs to massage the hair as you go. This method will help add volume, as well as keeping your curl definition intact.

Continue doing this circular motion with your hair dryer diffuser until your first section of hair is dry, then work your way through the rest of the sections until you’ve completely dried your entire head of hair.

The final look dried curly look
How to use a hair dryer diffuser: Use a serum post hairdrying.

4. Post-hair drying

Now you’ve dried your curly hair using your hair dryer diffuser, it’s time to make sure your blow-dried ‘do remains picture-perfect for as long as possible.

As a post-drying treatment to help your curls stay frizz-free, try using a hair serum. Although it is primarily a heat protectant, we love the VO5 Smoothly Does It Heat Protection Serum (£3.99*) – this multi-functional miracle product works a treat on dry, curly hair. Just apply a couple of pumps of the serum to your tresses to instantly add definition and help tame any flyways and frizz.

Easy, right?

*RRPs are Unilever suggested retail prices only, it is at the discretion of the individual retailers to set the actual price.