This article will cover everything you need to know about diffuse drying or diffusing dry your hair. Types (thin/fine, medium, thick) of hair suitable for diffusing 2. Types of hair diffusers (finger diffusers, sock, Deva, built-in) 4. A diffuser can only achieve a finite amount of results based on the hair type and texture which is diffused. Add-on attachments which are placed onto the end of the blow dryer nozzle. Direct the fingers of the diffuser through the strands lifting and using circular motion to make sure the air is moving through all of the hair.
If you desire to diffuse then do it but be willing to take your time and find your best way.
Ultimately everyone has to experiment with the way they ultimately diffuse but it's important not to expose hair to high heats which can burn delicate tresses. If you prefer to air-dry, plop or wet bun your hair, diffusing it will help you avoid walking around, especially in challenging weather with wet hair. This works great when the hair length dries but scalp remains damp. This will encourage clumping of curls, coils and natural patterns.
Long finger diffusers often have a cup or bowl area for hair to nestle into. Short finger diffuser - a flat blow dryer attachment with either short "fingers" knobs. Only work on one section at a time and clip off the rest of the strands. Use a blow dryer set on a medium speed, medium heat. Hold the diffuser at a 90 degree angle from the head to help lift roots away from the scalp. Allow air from the dryer to flow through one section of moist hair at a time. It is also important to note that not all dryers are compatible with the Deva Fuser. It also makes hair fall so much nicer around the face. Hold the diffuser at a 90 degree angle from the head to help lift roots away from the scalp. Allow air from the dryer to flow through one section of moist hair at a time. To set the style and achieve a ‘long-lasting’ effect, finish by blowing a ‘cool shot’ through your hair.
The short finger diffuser often does not have a base for hair to rest in like the long finger style of diffuser. Base diffuser which is built into the side of the blow dryer and either has short square notch openings or a special diffuser vent. Sock style diffuser which looks a lot like a sock which is placed over the nozzle opening of the hair dryer. Deva Fuser which is a customized style of diffuser attachment which looks literally like a plastic hand. To add extra volume spritz a volumizer to the root area only. Keep speed and heat consistent and do not change either speed or heat settings until the very end with a cool/cold blast will help to set the hair. Keep fingers away from hair as much as possible and let the diffuser attachment do the majority of the drying work. Work in a systematic direction around the head from one side to the other. I still use a regular diffuser to finish drying, but I would not be without the Devafuser. With the pixie-curl method you turn the diffuser off before moving it to the next set of hair to be diffused.
Diffusing will most likely not help straight, damaged, super frizzy, ultra dry, and/or fragile hair unless special steps are taken to address these concerns.
Curly Girl (CG) Guru Lorraine Massey has invented her own form of a finger diffuser so there is less concern about disrupting the natural care pattern.
Be sure to detangle completely before diffusing to prevent unnecessary frizz. When you desire curlier hair, scrunch hair with gel while wet, and use the diffuser to dry while scrunching.