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How to Use a Hair Dryer Diffuser: A Quick Guide for Curly Hair

Bouncy curls are coming your way.

When it comes to embracing your natural curls, having a hair dryer diffuser in your arsenal will prove itself to be a much-needed game-changer.

There’s a world of a difference between regular air-dried curls and an expertly diffused look. A diffuser dries your hair by heating the curls from all sides while they’re scrunched up close to your head. This gives them the chance to dry in their springiest and bounciest state, for a tight curl with long-term hold and separation.

To master this look for yourself, check out our step-by-step tutorial so that you can learn how to use a hair dryer diffuser in minutes:

Hair Tutorial: How to Use a Hair Dryer Diffuser


Start fresh.

Wash your hair with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, like Love Beauty and Planet Coconut Milk and White Jasmine Shampoo and Conditioner, to help provide your hair with the proper hydration while also helping tame any frizz.

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Apply product.

After lightly towel-drying your hair, apply a dollop of mousse, like the NEXXUS Styling Mousse Plus, for added volume and buoyancy. Apply a golf ball-sized amount into the palm of your hand, and then scrunch into your hair from the roots to the tips.

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Separate your hair.

Separate your hair into six to eight workable sections.

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Start drying.

On a low-to-medium heat, start drying your hair with the diffuser. Begin by placing the ends of one section of your hair into the diffuser. Move slowly towards the roots of your hair, making sure to keep your strands inside the diffuser.

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Hold in place.

Hold the diffuser against the roots of your hair as you continue to dry your curls.

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Repeat steps four and five as you work throughout your designated sections.

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Almost done!

Finish off the first side of your head and move onto the next.

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Bouncy and voluminous curls with the help of your diffuser. For extra hold, try TRESemmé Compresed Micro-Mist Level 2 Hold Curl Hair Spray.

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