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Am I the only person that diffusing DOESN'T work for?

I normally don't diffuse my hair. I just don't like the way the curls look. To me they're frizzy and not as clumpy and defined as they would be when I let them air dry. Is there anyone else out there that doesn't like to diffuse their hair? Most curlies swear by diffusing as the key to getting their gorgeous hair but I can't seem to get it to work. Any tips on what I could do to make it work for me? While I know that air drying is the healthiest for your hair, my hair just takes way too long to dry and I absolutely detest going out in public with wet hair.

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  • KorkscrewKorkscrew Posts: 1,834Registered Users
    Like you, diffusing isn't my favorite method, but the method I use instead is a bit unorthodox and can be unsafe if you don't follow common sense.

    I have made a habit of buying tower-shaped space heaters and using that. I make sure to keep it at a SAFE distance (a couple feet) from my hair, shifting my position after each part gets about 75% dry. You can do a reality check every once in a while by touching your hair to make sure it's not overly-hot to the touch. It saves me having to hold something in my hand - frees my hands so I can sit there and read or watch a movie on Netflix ;)

    I find the air stream from the space heater is less violent than a diffuser so my hair dries with very limited frizz (if any). Of course my hair type and texture might not match yours, so I'm not sure how much or little frizz it might give you.
  • CalamityMCalamityM Posts: 540Registered Users
    I have to diffuse my hair. I just don't get the lift I like at my roots if I don't. I recently changed hair dryers though and it's made a HUGE difference. I used to use a regular hair dryer and it resulted in some unwanted frizz and weirdly dried curls. My new dryer is one of those tourmaline thingies and I have found that it's cutting down on my frizz in a big way. I'm still experimenting...I don't want to give it a rave review until I've gotten consistent good results for a few weeks, but so far so good. It's going to be a lifesaver this winter.
  • steph35steph35 Posts: 176Registered Users
    slightly off topic, but is diffusing bad for curly hair? I am thinking of diffusing for the winter as I am an air dryer BUT I am nervous about heat damage....
    french/black american 3b/3c/4a hair; fine n crrrrrrly
    'poo~ SheaMoisture C 'n' H (pink label)
    rinse out/leave in conditioner~ Tresemme Moisture,GVP Balm, Suave Shea and Almond
    Deep Con and Detangling~ Mixed Silk,Elasta QP (now with olive oil!)
    Stylers/Oils~ SheaMoisture DTM, Africa's Best Herbal Oil, ,Grapeseed oil/Tresemme Thermal Spray (great for diffusing/heat) all shea oils
  • Jas76Jas76 Posts: 2,283Registered Users
    What the heck? I swear I replied to this thread already! LOL!

    What I THOUGHT I said was that I air dry sometimes, diffuse others. Like if my hair is still pretty wet before bed, or if I have to go somewhere that evening and I don't want to go out with wet hair (especially in the colder months!)

    When I do diffuse, however, I have to wait at least 10 or 15 mins (or more) before diffusing. It's as if my products need a chance to absorb or "set". If I don't wait, I will get puffy, undefined curls. So you may try that.

    If I do it in the morning, I usually shower, style, dress (sometimes I dress before styling, depending on what I'm going to wear and whether it needs to be pulled on over my head!), and then i'll go eat, put on some make-up, get everything else ready that I might need to, and then diffuse last thing before I leave. If I'm plopping, I would do it during that time, as well.

    Give it a try!

    OH, and also when I diffuse, I go between high and low as needed. I usually start on low, "lift" the section with the diffuser, blast it up on high for a few seconds, then go back down to low. Then I switch to the next section, and come back to the previous one if I need to. I never really "pump" the diffuser at all.

    I also keep it on the warm or cool setting all the time - never up on hot!

    hth!
    2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

    Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
    clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
    Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
    RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
    LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
    Seal - MO or Jojoba
    DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
    PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
    Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
    Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
  • asianrunnerasianrunner Posts: 2,251Registered Users
    I too dislike diffusing, but that's mostly because I'm lazy and and always running late in the mornings! I may give it a shot this winter thought because I was tired of going to school w/ crunchy, frozen hair hahaha!

    I really like air drying. I have my routine down and don't wanna change anything if I don't have to!
    Coarse texture, normal-high porosity, normal elasticity (Komaza Care), very weak waves
    cleanser: Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix

    rinse out: GVP Conditioning Balm, CJ Beauticurls, CJ Smoothing

    jellies/creams: CR Curl Maker, KCCC
    gels: CJ CQ, CJ Pattern Pusha, BRHG

  • Gilly07Gilly07 Posts: 95Registered Users
    I struggle with diffusing too, I have a Parlux dryer and diffuser but my hair is still pretty short so I tend to get the dragged through a hedge look as I don't use any product.
    Maybe one day I will get the hang of it!:angry3:
  • jessicaaalovexjessicaaalovex Posts: 22Registered Users
    Thank you ladies for all your advice! Maybe it is time I invested in one of those high tech "ionic tourmaline whatever" hairdryers. Mine's a Conair and it works okay at drying my hair. I also feel that I don't get volume at the roots when I diffuse, even when I turn my head upside down. The bottom half of my curls are nice and bouncy, while the top is just flat and frizzy. The only way I get the volume I want is when I flip my curls to the opposite side of their natural parting but even then the curls lie unnaturally.
    I will try some of the tips that you guys have given me. Thanks so much for responding. (:
  • shizzlebeansshizzlebeans Posts: 68Registered Users
    When I diffuse, I need a REALLY strong gel to keep my hair from frizzing during the process. Right now I am using HE set me up and a bit of Biosilk rock hard gellee. I only diffuse to about 50% dry, let it cool and "set" about 20 minutes while I have some coffee and breakfast, and then dry it most of the rest of the way so I can scrunch out the crunch.

    Maybe you need a stronger gel?

    Otherwise I can get away with lighter gels if I air dry, but they don't hold up to the diffusing process and I get frizz. But air drying takes ~5 hours for me, which I don't like.
    scientist, cat owner, hobby photographer
    2b-c, medium porosity, medium texture, protein-indifferent
    former straightening junkie; CG since August 2011
    conditioners: V05 Kiwi Lime, Garnier pure clean, Renpure Keratin
    products: FSG, LALSG, AIF, BRHG, Tresemme hair spray
    styling tools: microfiber towel for plopping, diffuser
  • jessicaaalovexjessicaaalovex Posts: 22Registered Users
    I have figured it out finally. Its so simple that I feel stupid for not realizing it sooner. My problem was that I didnt use gel! The only way I ever figured this out was because there was a 2 for $5 sale on HE products at target so I bought the mousse & gel together. I randomly decided to use them together & diffuse my hair. Now I finally get the volume i want! My hair still comes out a little frizzy but its nothing compared to before.

    Thank you all for your responses and advice! I truly appreciate it (:
  • SaraNoHSaraNoH Posts: 827Registered Users
    I have figured it out finally. Its so simple that I feel stupid for not realizing it sooner. My problem was that I didnt use gel! The only way I ever figured this out was because there was a 2 for $5 sale on HE products at target so I bought the mousse & gel together. I randomly decided to use them together & diffuse my hair. Now I finally get the volume i want! My hair still comes out a little frizzy but its nothing compared to before.

    Thank you all for your responses and advice! I truly appreciate it (:

    This is exactly how my oldest sister (very long curly hair like me) started diffusing, and eventually how I started as well and I love it!
    At first I didn't like the crunch, but I've gotten a routine that works for me. I'd say plopping w/gel before diffusing is key to let your curls set.
    CG Birthday: 7/25/11
    Type 3a/2c
    Dense, Fine in front Coarse in back, Low porosity
    Low-Poo: SM Moisture Retention Shampoo
    Rinse Out: Tresemme Naturals
    Leave In: ^^^^
    Stylers: AIF, Natural Silks Curly Gel
    *Desert Curly*
  • Nikki3bNikki3b Posts: 327Registered Users
    I don't diffuse because it never comes out right. The curls become this odd shape. It's frustrating because I hate waiting for my hair to dry. So I decided to use moose or flaxseed gel. They dry a lot faster than regular gel. But I wish I could diffuse :(
  • Kyra1997Kyra1997 Posts: 8Registered Users
    Nikki3b wrote: »
    I don't diffuse because it never comes out right. The curls become this odd shape. It's frustrating because I hate waiting for my hair to dry. So I decided to use moose or flaxseed gel. They dry a lot faster than regular gel. But I wish I could diffuse :(
    Same :hmph: Every time I try to diffuse my hair it makes my hair more wavy than normal and a very odd shape! Anyone got any tips?
    Hair type:2c/3a
    Low porosity,medium density,normal elasticity
  • _Eva__Eva_ Posts: 87Registered Users
    Hair type: 3b, normal porosity, medium texture

    co-wash and rinse out: Inecto coconut conditioner
    leave in: sHegron Aloe vera conditioner or Inecto coconut conditioner
    styler: L'Oreal gel / mousse

    Currently experimenting with home made flax seed gel (latest version with agave syrup and gelatine), home made protein treatments (latest version with gelatine and coconut oil)


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  • Aqua_LilyAqua_Lily Posts: 557Registered Users
    Thought I was the only one! :O The pixie diffuse method didn't work for me AT ALL. My curls dissapeared when I did it (tried it several times), and my hair was less clumpy and looked sorta... weak.

    Lookily, my softhood attachment does work =) So I didn't buy my blowdryer for nothing hehe.
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    Current length: tailbone
    Goal length: mid-thigh (wet)
    3A/2C M iii med por, high elast

    HGs:
    Clarify: Nivea
    Lo-poo: Nature's Gate
    CW: Elvive Volume Collagen
    RO: EO Keratin, Desert Essence Raspberry

    LI: Elvive volume collagen, KCKT
    Seal: Grapeseed oil
    Gel: Studioline

    PT: EO Keratin co
    DT: RO+oils
    Hairgrowth stim.: JBCO+EVCO


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  • hambo02hambo02 Posts: 480Registered Users
    in the winter i havw to do it or it takes over 6 hours for my hair to dry. but i dont really like it because it makes my hair really frizzy. I just apply a lot more product when i do defuse
  • chupiechupie Posts: 5,275Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Make sure you have a bowl diffuser. Use know speed and heat. Don't move it around and up and down like scrunching. That just makes frizz. The other option is positioning it around your head like a mobile hood dryer. That way the air only goes down instead if flowing up against the strands.
  • CsaracCsarac Posts: 861Registered Users
    I diffuse (or just blow dry) every day and one thing I have learned over the years is that no matter what I need to let my hair air-dry for at least 20-30 minutes before I attempt to diffuse it. I need to diffuse to get volume and to help set my curls, air-drying leaves my hair too flat looking (I really need to rile it up to get volume after air-drying, and air-drying takes way too long and I will NOT go outside with wet hair).

    I apply a small amount of my gel out of the shower, comb it through, plop for 5 minutes or so, take out my hair, part it, add a little more gel to each side and the back, scrunching it in. Then I leave it alone for the next 20 minutes to half hour. THEN I diffuse and when I do it takes literally 5 minutes total, probably even less than that, so I am not concerned about damage.

    Some people do the opposite: they apply gel and diffuse right away and then let their hair dry the rest of the way, but that method does not work for me.

    So, now you have a few different ways to try diffusing! Good luck!
    HG: Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee (always and forever)
    Cantu Naturals s & c (shampoo 1x a week), use conditioner as a co-wash every day and LI under my gel.


    Air dry then diffuse canapy layers only for volume
    Coconut oil before/after coloring grays and on ends.

    2b/c mix waves/curls - coarse, frizz prone, med. thick, porous, at-home color, protein sensitive but I still need it sometimes, glycerin-sensitive (I think) in high humidity. After 16 years on NC.com I FINALLY figured it out..

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