Many of us own a hair dryer but just ignore the many attachments that come in the hair dryer’s packaging.
Most of us don’t even know we own a diffuser, let alone know what it can do!
We probably don’t even realise that we all have different hair types and that if we want to get the most from our hair without constant trips to the salon, we should learn how to use a diffuser to enhance our hair’s natural beauty from tight curls to wavy tresses.
A diffuser is used with your hair dryer if you want to just add volume to your hair or if you have curly or wavy hair and want to retain the shape of the curls whilst you blow dry your hair.
So, we should be drying our tresses in different ways, according to these different hair types.
Is your hair curly, straight, long or short?
It’s all important when it comes to drying your hair properly with a diffuser.
They can be a serious life saver if you want to avoid the frizz…
So, what is a diffuser?
Basically, it’s an attachment to a hair dryer that fits on the end.
A diffuser is usually used most when drying curly or way hair because of the special hair properties this hair type has.
It can also be used if you have heat-damaged hair because a diffuser is generally considered to be less damaging to hair.
If your hair dryer doesn’t have one, you can easily buy one separately.
It’s generally rounded and features several long, rod-like pieces – it looks like a bowl with teeth!
It works by diffusing the air that comes from the hair dryer with an aim of reducing the impact of hot air on your hair by spreading it evenly across your hair strands when you are drying it.
The dispersed air from the diffuser doesn’t disturb the natural curl in your hair as much as concentrated air that blasts directly onto your head.
The result is that you can dry your tresses in record time without seeing your hair turn into a frizzy mess.
Different types of diffuser
You may have heard various terms used in relation to diffusers but are unsure of what they mean.
There is a universal diffuser which is broad and helps reduced the air flow from your hair dryer to gently dry and define curls and add shine.
A Euro Style diffuser fits most hair dryers and lifts hair whilst the diffused air gently dries the hair helping to create sculpted or moulded styles for permed, naturally wavy or curly hair.
A tourmaline-infused diffuser volumizes, defines curls and eliminates frizz for curly, fine or hand to manage hair.
A two-in-one bi-diffuser is perfect for all hair types.
Whereas there’s even a bed-head diffuser which helps to create large wavy styles!
No wonder they are all funny looking tools with all that work they have to do!
Curly hair properties!
This type of hair dries in the opposite way to straight hair!
It appears straight when its wet and then uses the moisture from the water to absorb into the hair and to create curls.
This is why a diffuser is a must for those with curly or frizzy hair.
Using the diffuser on a low to medium heat allows the curly hair to retain its chemical bonds, preventing the hair from relaxing and appear frizzy.
How to use it!
Most hair dryers come with a hair diffuser extension.
You can easily slip the diffuser over the snout of the dryer, which is basically the area the hot air comes out.
Most diffusers snap easily into place while others may need to be rotated into the snout.
Turn the hair dryer onto a medium heat setting.
If the hair dryer is too hot, your hair will automatically turn to frizz.
You should feel a gentle breeze of warm hair coming from the diffuser as it is being spread over a wide area of your hair.
So, for perfectly coiffed curls, attached that diffuser and become a pro!
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