Hooded Dryer vs. Diffuser

L'n-zL'n-z Registered Users Posts: 208
Good morning, curlies!

While I know heat is bad, I have THICK. shoulder length. uber-curly hair that takes forever to air dry. Sadly, I wear my hair in a ponytail or up in a bun every day because I feel uncomfortable showing up at work looking like a wet dog. Waiting for my hair to fully air dry becomes a guessing game. I want my hair styled when I leave the house and looking nice when I arrive at work. Making bathroom breaks to check out how it's settling is annoying.

I'm looking to purchase either a hooded dryer or diffuser this week. My question is, when you dry and style, do you use a hooded dryer or a diffuser on your blowdryer? How often do you put heat on your hair? Any other helpful hints would be appreciated.



  • helloyellowbirdhelloyellowbird Banned Banned Users Posts: 1,632
    I rarely if ever use heat on my hair, but when I want my hair to dry quicker I use a diffuser. I let it dry to about 75% and then I let it air dry.
  • sugarandcurlssugarandcurls Registered Users Posts: 6
    When I first went natural, I tried the air dry thing. It did not work for me at all! So I did some research and bought myself a diffuser. Never used one prior. Have not stopped using since! I have very fine 3c hair so when my hair air dries, it looks like a black cotton ball - not cute! I do always use a heat protector (Nexxus Heat Protexx) and dry on low-med heat (never high no matter the rush). With my diffuser, my curls are always very defined and shiny. My hair is actually very healthy and I use my diffuser every to every other morning and as my hair grows, I have no breakage and minimal shedding. I get so excited :hello1:! In doing my research, the diffusers are not a really damaging type of heat b/c of the diffused heat. I also move it around a lot and don't keep it in one spot. It takes a lot of getting used to.
    Last relaxer: March 2009
    BC: July 16, 2009 :nike:
    Hair Type(s): Primarily 3c, 3a/3b nape area, 4a crown

    Fav Products (right now):
    Co-Wash - Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing Condish
    Rinse Out - HE Hello Hydration
    Leave-In - Nexxus Humectress Condish, Cantu Shea Butter Condish Cream
    Sealing Oil - CD Hair Elixir
    Styling - CD Hair Milk
    DC - Queen Helene's Cholesterol Condish, EVOO

  • Curly2dayCurly2day Registered Users Posts: 47 Curl Neophyte
    Sugarandcurls, do you use the one with the fingers or the flat kind?

    I may try this yet myself though I have 3c and 4a hairs on my head.
    4A, extremely fine, delicate and porous
    Shampoo - Suave Naturals (only as needed)
    Co-Wash - V05, Suave
    DT - AO: WC, GPB, Swimmers, Blue Green Algae, HSR
    Leave In - Giovanni 50/50
    Moisturizer - conditioner, glycerin, H20, oils
    Styler - not sure yet how or why? maybe Aussie Moist?
    Ayurveda Staples - Amla, Brahmi, Nupur Henna

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