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how to diffuse properly

Hi there, I know it sounds like a really dump question to ask, but I have been out today and bought myself a new hairdryer with diffuser as its very cold in the mornings and I dont like going out with damp hair, anyway, I just wanted to know how to diffues properly, do you hold the bowl right up to your head and get those little prongs right into the curls or do you hold the bowl away from your head? I have short wavy/curly hair( half way between ear and jaw) and i havent shampooed my hair in THREE WEEKS!!!! woohoo, Im pretty sure that my hair has gotten more curlier too..is this possible??? anyway, any help woudl be appreciated...gillx oh and I got a lovely compliment from a woman who I hadnt seen in absolutely ages, she said my hair is gorgeous and is it natural? when I said yes she said she was well jealous as her hair was just lank and flat!!!! woohoo to curly hair!!!!!!!!
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]Thick, 2C with little 3A's thrown in to make my hair look a little more wild.FIA:2c/3a-M
Last Haircut:17/1/07
Ultimate Goal: To go as long as possible
Products Used:coconut cowash, tescos own gel citrus spice whipped butter
Hair Length:BSL
NEW PHOTOS ADDED: 20th August'09
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  • LavenderCurlsLavenderCurls Posts: 1,478Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Hi there and welcome! Yes it is doing without the shampoo that is making your hair curlier. That's the beauty of following Lorraine's guidelines - even if you go modified or just adapt some principles depending on what works for you and your hair - that helps those hidden curls to come alive.

    As for diffusing, there's a method on here known as the Pixiecurl Method which is putting your hair in the bowl, putting it up to your head, then turning on the drier. Turn it off, move the bowl to another area and repeat. This helps cut down or eliminate frizz.

    But basically, yes, just put the bowl up to your head (I do a count to about 15-30) then move around your head.

    You can also diffuse for a few minutes then air dry, or vice versa, or diffuse to dry. Diffusing helps give added volume if you need it, too.

    Congrats on finding your inner curl and don't hesitate to ask questions!
    CG-modified since 4/05
    2b/3a and 3b on occasion!
    Products: The hair aisle in my own cabinets. :roll:
    Best definition winner: KCCC
    Best volume winner: LOOB
  • BrioBrio Posts: 1,432Registered Users
    check out the Jessicurl website videos. I diffuse similarly to how Jess demonstrates.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    Frizz Happens!
    my Fotki hair journey/experiment diary PW is brio (and I really need to update it!)

    3A hair; coloring with henna/indigo since July 2009; normally follow the CG method. Still searching for my HG products!
  • aeroheadaerohead Posts: 179Registered Users
    hi there thank you for your replies, i will definately try the pixiecurl method, i will tell you something though, since finding this site and buying the curly gilr book my hair has never looked this good!! im really enjoying my curls, wow!
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]Thick, 2C with little 3A's thrown in to make my hair look a little more wild.FIA:2c/3a-M
    Last Haircut:17/1/07
    Ultimate Goal: To go as long as possible
    Products Used:coconut cowash, tescos own gel citrus spice whipped butter
    Hair Length:BSL
    NEW PHOTOS ADDED: 20th August'09
    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fpublic.fotki.com%2Faerohead%2F" class="Popup
  • GrecianCurlsGrecianCurls Posts: 256Registered Users
    Yey!! Another UK curly head!! Welcome :D
    fine 3b curls and spirals - first goal BSL!!

    HG's - Body Shop Honey shampoo & conditioner and Shea Moisture leave-in condish which gives me lovely frizz-free bouncy curls. My PJ is calling me to experiment with gels again... argh!
  • aeroheadaerohead Posts: 179Registered Users
    just thought i would mention what i discovered last night when i diffused, well when i air dry my hair, my hair is a lot more curlier than when i diffuse, diffusing gives me more relaxed curls/waves, both looks are great, but i think i will be airdrying as much as i can and then only diffuse when its cold and damp outside, anywaythose are my findings.
    BRIO your hair is gorgeous, i think that looking at your earlier hair mine is about the same length maybe a bit longer and more wavy/curly, i came to the decision of growing my hair long.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]Thick, 2C with little 3A's thrown in to make my hair look a little more wild.FIA:2c/3a-M
    Last Haircut:17/1/07
    Ultimate Goal: To go as long as possible
    Products Used:coconut cowash, tescos own gel citrus spice whipped butter
    Hair Length:BSL
    NEW PHOTOS ADDED: 20th August'09
    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fpublic.fotki.com%2Faerohead%2F" class="Popup
  • aeroheadaerohead Posts: 179Registered Users
    just thought i would mention what i discovered last night when i diffused, well when i air dry my hair, my hair is a lot more curlier than when i diffuse, diffusing gives me more relaxed curls/waves, both looks are great, but i think i will be airdrying as much as i can and then only diffuse when its cold and damp outside, anywaythose are my findings.
    BRIO your hair is gorgeous, i think that looking at your earlier hair mine is about the same length maybe a bit longer and more wavy/curly, i came to the decision of growing my hair long.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]Thick, 2C with little 3A's thrown in to make my hair look a little more wild.FIA:2c/3a-M
    Last Haircut:17/1/07
    Ultimate Goal: To go as long as possible
    Products Used:coconut cowash, tescos own gel citrus spice whipped butter
    Hair Length:BSL
    NEW PHOTOS ADDED: 20th August'09
    /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fpublic.fotki.com%2Faerohead%2F" class="Popup
  • BrioBrio Posts: 1,432Registered Users
    aerohead wrote:
    just thought i would mention what i discovered last night when i diffused, well when i air dry my hair, my hair is a lot more curlier than when i diffuse, diffusing gives me more relaxed curls/waves, both looks are great, but i think i will be airdrying as much as i can and then only diffuse when its cold and damp outside, anywaythose are my findings.
    BRIO your hair is gorgeous, i think that looking at your earlier hair mine is about the same length maybe a bit longer and more wavy/curly, i came to the decision of growing my hair long.

    thank you.

    I'm trying to grow mine out, too. I'm not sure how much longer I want to go, but I do want my shortest layer to get a bit longer. I'd like to get it at least long enough where I can put it all in a low pony tail. It's close to that now. After that, I'll probably cut it shorter, but I'll have to wait & see!
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    Frizz Happens!
    my Fotki hair journey/experiment diary PW is brio (and I really need to update it!)

    3A hair; coloring with henna/indigo since July 2009; normally follow the CG method. Still searching for my HG products!

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