Mastering the Blow Dryer Diffuser

Serena Norr | 23 April 2016

The hair dryer diffuser is your new best friend.

Dryness and frizz are really annoying to deal with day in and day out. While there are tons of products out there to tame your tresses, there are also ways to use heat to gently smooth out your hair while you create manageable waves. One of our favorites is the blow dryer diffuser, a nozzle that attaches to your blowdryer that protects your locks and seals your hair from the damaging effects of direct heat. While it’s a pretty common hair product, many might not know how to use it, or are even aware of what it does. Read on to discover more about the hair dryer diffuser and how you can incorporate the blow dryer diffuser into your routine:

Mastering the Blow Dryer Diffuser: Tips and Advice

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Use a diffuser for your curly hair. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Step 1: Start with clean hair

For the most part, working on dirty hair can be challenging as you deal with old products and your hair’s natural oils. Wash and condition your hair based on your hair type to prep for the diffuser.

Step 2: Make sure your hair is almost dry.

With any degree of heat styling, you want to make sure that your hair it at least 80%  dry, although we know that isn’t always the case when you have to dry your hair quickly. Start by using a towel to dry your hair, working ever-so-gently as you soak up any water in your strands. With a diffuser, you’re focusing direct heat, so you will need your hair to be basically dry in order to style and tame your strands safely.

Step 3: Use a leave-in conditioner.

Dry and frizzy hair tends to need more moisture, especially when dealing with heat. Make sure to apply some leave-in conditioner like the Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Heat Defense Leave-in Conditioner. Formulated with Keralock technology, this product works to moisturize your hair as it gets it ready for heat styling.

Step 4: Use a heat protectant.

Another precaution to take when you use heat is to spritz hair with a heat protectant, like the TRESemmé Get Sleek Blow Dry Balm. This formula works to condition your hair as it protects your strands from the damaging effects of heat. The result? Smooth and shiny hair!

Step 5: Ready to diffuse.

Place the diffuser nozzle on your trusty blowdryer before switching the blowdryer on, using a medium heat setting. Start on the top of your head and work in sections as you focus the diffuser around the area, while creating a back-and-forth, massage-like motion on your hair. Work the diffuser down your hair shaft as it makes its way down to the tips. During this process, the hair is being lifted up and the shaft is penetrated with heat as it’s being styled and dried. For curly hair, work from the ground up and place the diffuser under your curls. To retain your curls and bounce, make sure you are pushing away at your curls as you work.

Step 6: Work in sections.

After your first section is done, move onto the next one, working slowly and efficiently to dry your hair. While this does take longer, you can rest assured that you are taking careful steps to get out the frizz while causing minimal damage to your hair.

Step 7: Diffusing for style.

If you want more of a style to your look, you can use a diffuser to really create more volume and bounce to your hair. To do this, you’ll have to grab your hair in two sections to create two mini-buns. Place the diffuser on one of the buns and let it dry. Repeat this process on both sides.

Step 8: Be careful with your hands!

As you dry your hair with a diffuser, be very careful not to touch your locks. Doing so can mess with your shape and dry out your ends.

Step 9: Hold your style.

After you’ve dried your hair, make sure to tame any flyaways with some serum and use a light hairspray, like the Bed Head by TIGI Headrush Shine Hairspray to lock your look in place.

Have you ever used a blow dryer diffuser to dry or style your hair?