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Can't air dry?

Jas76Jas76 Posts: 2,283Registered Users
Ok. I thought I remembered a thread about this, but I can't find it on the search feature. (Anyone remember this? Or am I just crazy?)

So here's my question. In the summer I try to air dry as much as possible, but it doesn't do great things for my hair.

Fall and winter I tend to diffuse most of the time bc of the cold. But today I was in all day and bc the boys refused to nap, I didn't have the chance to diffuse and I let it dry on its own.

Here's what I find - my curls stretch out from the weight of the water, and some places look more 2c than 3a, when I tend to be more 3a when I diffuse. I also lose root curl and volume (even though I clipped).

I CAN air dry, but it just doesn't look as good at all, so I only do it on days I know I won't be out in public much. Lol!

Tomorrow it will refresh OK, but I doubt it will look better.

Anybody else find this to be the case? And if so, what's your curl type, hair length, and properties?

Thanks!
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
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  • HootenannyHootenanny Posts: 300Registered Users
    I've found that if I can take 10 minutes or less to only diffuse the ENDS of my hair, it takes a lot of weight out and really makes the rest of the drying process go much more smoothly (and quickly). It makes a major difference to the final appearance of my curls. Even just 5 minutes helps. The key is to just get some of the excess water out. (I'm medium/coarse, low porosity, mix of 3s.)
    :cat: Medium/coarse, low porosity, dense, mix of 3s :cat:
    CG (again) since Nov. 2012

    Cleanse: SM Moisture Retention, Elucence MBC, KC Come Clean
    Condish: Giovanni DL, Cure Care, Ion Treatment, GVP Balm, AOHR
    Protein: AOGPB, CNPF, SSRPT
    Stylers: KCCC, SM Souffle, AOMM, SS CEJ, JCRR, JCCC

    :cat: Trying out steaming! :cat:
  • omgstopitomgstopit Posts: 44Registered Users
    For me it just takes too long. And by too long I mean honest to god dampness at 7pm after showering at ten in the morning. And for some reason air drying seems to cause a lot more frizz than diffusing. You are right, it isn't the same at all.
  • Jas76Jas76 Posts: 2,283Registered Users
    See, my ends dry at a decent pace, but my roots will be wet for much longer, and then if my curls aren't pulled down at the ends, the top is, and I lose root curl and volume, and my hair has that... "hanging" look to it, KWIM?

    Maybe if I use a sham-wow or something I can get enough moisture out - lol! But I need lots of moisture to get my curls and clumps to form, then I can shammy the wet out! ;)

    But diffusing is still better. :/
    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
  • AKgirlAKgirl Posts: 341Registered Users
    Mine is similar in that I have less volume and wave when I air dry. I love the way my hair turns out when I diffuse, but I don't want the damage so I always air dry. That's also why I can't put product in soaking wet hair, because with my weak wave, air drying and having fine hair water and products weigh it down. I scrunch out water before adding product and that helps a lot. Adding my mousse after I plop also adds volume and enhances my wave a bit.

    Sent from my KFJWI using Tapatalk HD
    2a-2bFii NP?

    Low poo: Deva Low-Poo, Jessicurl GLS, Moroccanoil Volumizing Shampoo, Aveda Be Curly
    Condish: Cure Care, Redken Body Full, Deva One C, and Jessicurl Aloeba
    LI: Aveda Be Curly Style Prep <3
    Products: Deva FFVF & Jessicurl Spiralicious (LOVE), TRESemme Curl Boosting Mousse
    Hairspray: Aussie Sprunch, TRESemme Curl
    locking Spray
    Experimenting with lots of products in my cabinet...


    My hair loves protein, plopping, and diffusing! Trying to find a way to style and air dry.
  • Jas76Jas76 Posts: 2,283Registered Users
    See, if I don't put product in soaking hair, I don't get as good of curl formation! I get clumpless waves, with some major curls underneath.

    Today I have the unhappy limp canopy but rope curls underneath. Ugh. Can't wait to restyle in the morning!!


    Oh, forgot to mention that I, too, seem to get more frizz if I air dry. I think bc the clumps get disrupted before fully drying while dealing with my 2yr olds.

    If I OVER diffuse I get frizz, too, though. So I have to be careful!

    I don't really get much damage from diffusing bc I only do it on the warm or cool setting - never on hot!

    Ok... Hoping for better hair tomorrow!!
    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
  • LuuuuucyLuuuuucy Posts: 146Registered Users
    I'm the same. Air drying is just not gonna happen for me unless I don't care how my hair looks that day. It lays flat, it's not bouncy and curly. And the time? Forget it. Hours upon hours. Even if I diffuse, I have found that my roots were still damp until noon. Yesterday I used a soft bonnet and it was 20 min start to finish, hoping that continues to work for me.
    Curly work in progress
    2C with some 3A if all the stars align
    Low porosity, medium to low density and fine
    No sulfates since 2009
    CG since 2013

    In my stash:
    Shampoos and conditioners- Tresemme Naturals Low Poo, Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing Aloe, Suave Naturals Coconut
    Leave Ins- Kinky Curly Knot Today
    Stylers- KCCC, AG Recoil, KY Lubricant (yup), SM Curl Milk
    Gels- Ecostyler, Biosilk RHG
    Mousse- Devacurl Uplifting Foam, Suave Captivating Curls
  • tricellotricello Posts: 95Registered Users
    I am a solid 3B and the couple times I air dried and came to work, I had people tell me I shouldn’t wear my hair like that anymore. My hair had WAY less volume and dried in a funny shape. Personally, I like less volume but I think my hair might have been so flat, I had the wet cat look. I liked my actual individual curls better though because they were nice and clumped.
    High Density, High Porosity, Medium Texture, 3B with some kink

    DT: SS DDMT - HG
    Lo-Poo: No Preference
    Co-wash: CJ Smoothing Conditioner
    RO: CJ Strengthening Conditioner - HG
    LI: CK Satin Roots
    Styler: CK Coil Jam
    Other Likes: Castor Oil; CK Twist Whip, MD CSC
    Dislikes: Wheat Protein; Aloe LIs or Stylers

  • flippaciousflippacious Posts: 155Registered Users
    No air drying for me! My hair ends up very flat, no root volume, and much less wave. I have fine wavy hair and it just gets weighed down so easily. I like my hair to have the volume that diffusing gives me. My hair also takes a really long time to dry, and I just cannot keep my head still long enough. I successfully let me hair air dry recently, but I had to focus on not touching my hair or messing it up, and that just annoyed me. Plus I live in a city and walk everywhere, which means I'd absolutely have to stay inside for the 6-7 hours while it dried or else wind would ruin everything. Big no-no for me.

    Hard hat dryers or whatever they're called don't seem to work for me either. I've only used one once when I got my Deva Cut, but I didn't like it. There was less frizz because I wasn't messing with my curls, but it was just flat and lifeless. No fun!
    2b/c, high density
    fine, medium porosity, normal elasticity
    loves protein, hates polyquats
    still searching for HGs
  • Jas76Jas76 Posts: 2,283Registered Users
    Yeah, same for me on the "hard hat" dryers. My hair is too long. It makes the top flat and the bottom stays wet and heavy - a bad combo!! And since my hair is layered and my canopy is a problem child... I think that is a bi part of why my devacut styling results weren't so good. And I think the curl by curl citing would have been more "accurate" to my actual hair needs if it had been styled and diffused by me. Not that I was unhappy with my Devacut - I thought it was great! But my hair didnt quite cooperate that day, so that effected my results.

    Back to topic... I'm glad I'm not alone!! :)
    Going to DT tomorrow and be sure to diffuse! ;)
    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
  • joseybirdjoseybird Posts: 90Registered Users
    I have problems with long drying times and "flat top" too, but I'm pretty lazy and so until now haven't even thought about what I can do to solve the problem.

    But this morning, after rinsing my hair, clipped up the roots of my hair with two roller clips and left them in as I drove into work.

    SUCCESS!! Great root curl/volume!! :blob4: SO easy, too!
    3a - Fine, thin, non-porous hair - boo! :(


    Shampoo: SM shampoos

    Clarifying Shampoo: KC Come Clean

    Co-Wash: L'Oreal Cleansing Conditioners, As I Am Co-Wash

    Hair Gel: L.A. Looks Sport, KCCC, SM Curling Souffle

    DT Conditioner: SM Raw Shea Masque, SM Raw Shea conditioner + coconut oil, GVPCB

    LI Conditioner: Tresemme Naturals, KCKT, VO5 shea + SM baby oil

    Curl Enhancers: L.A. Looks Beachy Waves, Organix Moroccan Sea Salt Spray. AG re:coil
  • LuuuuucyLuuuuucy Posts: 146Registered Users
    Ditto the hard hat for me. That's why the soft bonnet actually worked so well, and at $12 it's worth a try for you guys! I attached it to my dryer and flipped my hair over. I sort of "dumped" my hair into the bonnet while it was off, like it was a bowl. Then turned it on and flipped my hair back over. My hair stayed piled up on my head inside the bonnet while it dried, so I got root lift as if I were drying upside down. :)
    Curly work in progress
    2C with some 3A if all the stars align
    Low porosity, medium to low density and fine
    No sulfates since 2009
    CG since 2013

    In my stash:
    Shampoos and conditioners- Tresemme Naturals Low Poo, Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing Aloe, Suave Naturals Coconut
    Leave Ins- Kinky Curly Knot Today
    Stylers- KCCC, AG Recoil, KY Lubricant (yup), SM Curl Milk
    Gels- Ecostyler, Biosilk RHG
    Mousse- Devacurl Uplifting Foam, Suave Captivating Curls
  • HouseofcurlsHouseofcurls Posts: 322Registered Users
    surprise surprise hair twin...
    I am the same. I have to diffuse or else my hair is just...ick. it's not good.
    I get WAY better curl with diffusing.
    Rae ~ 2c/3a ~
    Wife to a 3c Curly Guy
    Mom to a straight and a curly.


    "The Longer the Hair, the Bigger the Blob."

    Porous, very dense but fine hair. Medium everything else.
    CoWash: Tressemee naturals
    RO: Generic biolage and generic joico k-pak
    LI: Tresemee
    Miss Jessie's Pillow soft curls, diffuse 50%, add KCCC and diffuse to 80%.
    Always wash upside down.
  • RytokaRytoka Posts: 309Registered Users
    Luuuuucy wrote: »
    Ditto the hard hat for me. That's why the soft bonnet actually worked so well, and at $12 it's worth a try for you guys! I attached it to my dryer and flipped my hair over. I sort of "dumped" my hair into the bonnet while it was off, like it was a bowl. Then turned it on and flipped my hair back over. My hair stayed piled up on my head inside the bonnet while it dried, so I got root lift as if I were drying upside down. :)

    Good thinking! I may have to get one and try, I was thinking the bonnet/hard hat dryers wouldn't work bc my hair is too long but I never thought of doing it that way! My DH will make fun of me I am sure, but I hate diffusing lol
    Katie
    2C/3a, Medium Texture, Normal porosity, High Density, Normal Elasticity (so says the LCLF Hair analysis)
    Co Wash: As I am
    RO: Yes To Carrots / Ion
    LI: Biotera / Samy Big Curls Defining Cream
    Gel: FSG, Volumax (Original and Mega)
    Color: Henna
    Tools: Diffusing
    :thumright:
  • Jas76Jas76 Posts: 2,283Registered Users
    surprise surprise hair twin...
    I am the same. I have to diffuse or else my hair is just...ick. it's not good.
    I get WAY better curl with diffusing.

    LOL! I should just start asking you about my hair. "Hey hair twin - can I air dry?" "Nope." "Ok, thanks!" ;)

    I think my hair needs to form soaking wet, but if it stays that way, whatever was formed gets weighed down. So I have to set the curls soaking, scrunch out as much of the excess moisture as possible without disrupting them, then diffuse them dry so they don't loose the shape and volume.

    Oh, high maintenance hair. :/

    At least I know what works, tho!!
    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
  • HouseofcurlsHouseofcurls Posts: 322Registered Users
    Jas, issue, I know how you feel, lots of times I get on here just to see what you are using, because it points me in the right direction! Lol!
    Rae ~ 2c/3a ~
    Wife to a 3c Curly Guy
    Mom to a straight and a curly.


    "The Longer the Hair, the Bigger the Blob."

    Porous, very dense but fine hair. Medium everything else.
    CoWash: Tressemee naturals
    RO: Generic biolage and generic joico k-pak
    LI: Tresemee
    Miss Jessie's Pillow soft curls, diffuse 50%, add KCCC and diffuse to 80%.
    Always wash upside down.
  • chloe92uschloe92us Posts: 1,203Registered Users
    I prefer to air dry (I'm low maintenance like that), but my hair looks a million times better when I diffuse, although I do get more frizz.

    Thanks to a previous poster, I bought the $12 bonnet dryer today at Sally's! Can't wait to try it, and Thanks for the heads up about putting your hair in upside down like a bowl. Great idea!!!!
    2C/ Coarse/ Normal porosity/ SW Florida/ Salt & Pepper
    Cleanse: AIA cowash, TJ Tea Tree Condish
    Condish: JC Too Shea, Tresemme Botanique
    Stylers: flax/okra gel or KCCC + CJ PP or JC Spiralicious
    Experimenting with Got2B Ultra gel and loving it so far!
  • LuuuuucyLuuuuucy Posts: 146Registered Users
    Hope it works for you!!! If not, you can always use it for deep conditioning or I think they'll even take it back. Nothing to lose!
    Curly work in progress
    2C with some 3A if all the stars align
    Low porosity, medium to low density and fine
    No sulfates since 2009
    CG since 2013

    In my stash:
    Shampoos and conditioners- Tresemme Naturals Low Poo, Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing Aloe, Suave Naturals Coconut
    Leave Ins- Kinky Curly Knot Today
    Stylers- KCCC, AG Recoil, KY Lubricant (yup), SM Curl Milk
    Gels- Ecostyler, Biosilk RHG
    Mousse- Devacurl Uplifting Foam, Suave Captivating Curls
  • RustinaRustina Posts: 894Registered Users
    Jas76 wrote: »
    I think my hair needs to form soaking wet, but if it stays that way, whatever was formed gets weighed down. So I have to set the curls soaking, scrunch out as much of the excess moisture as possible without disrupting them, then diffuse them dry so they don't loose the shape and volume./QUOTE]

    This. All of this. My properties aren't anything like yours (I'm medium coarse, normal porosity, low to normal elasticity) and I have the exact same issues. Must put product into soaking wet hair to distribute well and get good clumps, but must also scrunch out lots of water so curls can form nicely. And MUST diffuse if I want curls, not waves with ringlets at the ends. On top of that, must clip roots until completely dry to keep the volume that I got from the diffusing. Air drying is for when I don't care what my hair looks like. :-)
    Sulfate/non-water-soluble silicone free since 8/16/10
    Northern VA
    Med-coarse, normal porosity, low elasticity
    Dye-free since 11/2010

  • dresdendolldresdendoll Posts: 435Registered Users
    Hello, everyone:) Hmm...haven't been on in a while...

    My hair is so confusing with diffusing! A while ago when I did it more often, it would look GREAT and get up to 3a, but then again, it was a lot shorter. Since I've been growing my hair, the curl pattern has loosened. Also, for me, the problem with diffusing was that it would look amazing for a little bit, but then the curls would fall and it would feel dried out later.

    Now, I air dry exclusively, but I am trying to get more volume and root curl. I get the "hanging" effect too and am thinking about clipping tonight.
    2c/2b with some 2a, coarse, dense, thick, low porosity
    Growing out a CL bob. Currently at APL.
    CG again as of 7/20/12 :laughing5:


    Cleanser: BRÖÖ Smoothing I.P.A. Shampoo
    RO: Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner
    LI: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
    Styler: Beautiful Curls Gel for Wavy to Curly Hair

    :love4: all-natural products, light moisture, humectants, argan oil
    :pukeright:silk protein, synthetic ingredients, heavy oils/products, cowashing
  • jsuzkelleyjsuzkelley Posts: 610Registered Users
    Jas - you may have another unofficial hair twin here. Every time I read your posts, I totally relate. I have the same issue with loosing root curl and volume when I air dry, but I rarely take the time to diffuse. What I've found works for me is to apply products to soaking wet hair and rake/comb through, doing a kind of quick super soaker to get good clumps (but not too clumpy, as this also decreases my volume). I also scrunch my soaking wet hair to get my curls forming (I do all of this in the shower). After I get out of the shower, I use a microfiber towel to gently squeeze as much water out as possible. I then plop with a flower sack towel for as long as I can while I finish getting dressed, etc. when I take the plop down, I scrunch in some more KCCC on my now only damp hair, to give it more hold (I got this idea from smasters technique - figured if it worked while diffusing, it might work for air drying to). Sometimes I will do a second plop, or sometimes just take a clean flour sack towel and squeeze some additional moisture out. This seems to work pretty well to help my curls hold well without diffusing. I haven't experimented with clipping my roots, but I just order some CHS roller jaw clamps, so I'm going to try adding this to my routine (probably as a last step after plopping). My hair is fine, normal porosity (but very dry - I live in a dry climate), 2c/3a curls and whirls, about MBL.
    2c/3a, botticelli/wavy/'swavy (huh?)
    fine, dense, normal porosity/elasticity, dry climate
    My favorite brands are Kinky Curly, As I am, Curly Kinks, Curl Junkie, and Darcy's Botanicals. Also love sealing with oils (loving argan oil right now) and styling with jelly products (KCCC is my current favorite). Mostly trying to keep it simple!
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

    CG since 12/29/2011 :laughing6:
  • rainboerainboe Posts: 284Registered Users
    My hair is almost to bra strap length and 2b/2c. Diffusing definitively makes my hair curlier and gives me more volume. That said, I almost always air dry. I like the way it looks when I air dry, I feel like that's more like my natural texture; I don't really aim to make it look too perfect. I use the pixie curl method, so I really consider it a kind of deliberate styling to blow dry for me. Like, of course my hair is going to be more tightly curled when I'm holding it up and molding it into that shape. Also, even more than that, diffusing just takes too dang long for me to be standing there staring at myself in the mirror. :P At least I can do other stuff as I air dry.
    Fine Texture, Normal Porosity, Normal Elasticity. Dyed to brown a few months ago.
    Lowpoo: Trader Joe's TTT Shampoo
    Rinse Out:
    Yes to Carrots, AOHR, Aubrey Organics Rosemary Peppermint
    LI: Yes to Carrots
    Stylers: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, LA Looks Sports, Suave Professionals Captivating Curls Whipped Mousse
  • StarmieStarmie Posts: 6,681Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Air drying is just a complete no-no for me - my hair still looks wet even when it's dry, I have no volume whatsoever and I cannot sotc at all unless I use the diffuser to do it. The only positive is minimal frizz but I've come to realise that I need a bit of frizz these days as my hair as thinned as I've got older and that bit of frizz makes it look 'more'.
    3b in South Australia.
  • foundmycurlsfoundmycurls Posts: 28Registered Users
    Ok I Love this thread because it sounds like most of you are my hair twin!

    How long do you diffuse? I have hair to my shoulders and it is medium thick so I diffuse upside down for about 4 minutes to get volume and so that I don't walk around with flat wet hair.

    I am considering the soft bonnet at Sallys. What are the benefits of it? Do they fit most blow dryers?

    Also, can we talk about deep treatments? What do you use?

    Thank you so much!
    found my curls in 2002-03. 2b or 3a shoulder length Medium texture, Highly porous (I think?).

    Currently using-
    any shampoo that we have on hand
    Pantene normal-thick conditioner
    Giovanni Leave-in Conditioner
    Rockin Ringlets
    Beyond The Zone mega hold gel from Sally's
    Color treated to cover gray

    My hair loves it when I use Coconut Oil as a leave-in treatment the night before I wash it.

    Diffuse 2-3 minutes
  • flippaciousflippacious Posts: 155Registered Users
    Ok I Love this thread because it sounds like most of you are my hair twin!

    How long do you diffuse? I have hair to my shoulders and it is medium thick so I diffuse upside down for about 4 minutes to get volume and so that I don't walk around with flat wet hair.

    I am considering the soft bonnet at Sallys. What are the benefits of it? Do they fit most blow dryers?

    Also, can we talk about deep treatments? What do you use?

    Thank you so much!

    I diffuse for 20-25 minutes in the morning. My hair takes forever to dry, and I can't wear wet hair to work. I recently switched up my morning routine so that I jump in the shower immediately when I wake up, then style, and immediately diffuse. That gives me about an hour or so of air drying while I do things around the house and walk to work before I need to SCOTC. My hair is still usually a little damp when I get to work, but I SOTC immediately anyway (can't stand looking crunchy!!).

    I'm also interested in this soft bonnet. Luuuuucy, thanks for sharing! I thought since I didn't like the hard hat dryers, I wouldn't like the bonnet dryers either. I'll definitely be looking into this when my hair gets longer. I imagine putting your hair into the soft bonnet is similar to plopping? Plopping makes the back of my head really weird right now, because my hair is short.
    2b/c, high density
    fine, medium porosity, normal elasticity
    loves protein, hates polyquats
    still searching for HGs
  • foundmycurlsfoundmycurls Posts: 28Registered Users
    WOW Flip that is a long time to diffuse! I only do about 4 minutes. You must have really thick hair.

    I think today I will try diffusing longer (like you do)since I don't have to look good today :)

    I always diffuse with my head upside down cuz I think it helps with volume.
    found my curls in 2002-03. 2b or 3a shoulder length Medium texture, Highly porous (I think?).

    Currently using-
    any shampoo that we have on hand
    Pantene normal-thick conditioner
    Giovanni Leave-in Conditioner
    Rockin Ringlets
    Beyond The Zone mega hold gel from Sally's
    Color treated to cover gray

    My hair loves it when I use Coconut Oil as a leave-in treatment the night before I wash it.

    Diffuse 2-3 minutes
  • Kawehilani321Kawehilani321 Posts: 49Registered Users
    Flip, it takes me about that long to diffuse too. I have thin, normal porosity 3b hair but its super dense! If I don't diffuse my hair its still damp like 12 hours later. I really wish I could air dry but my hair just hates it!

    Sent from my SGH-T989 using CurlTalk App
    3B- Fine/Dense/Normal Porosity/ Normal Elasticity
  • Jas76Jas76 Posts: 2,283Registered Users
    I can't diffuse upside down bc of my neck and back problems. (Sinuses, too.)

    But I do tip it sideways while I gather the hair into the bowl, and I make sure I "lift" the roots when I place the diffuser fingers against my head. I also clip the roots not long I to diffusing so that they will maintain the volume as drying.

    I will turn it all the way upside down for a sec while scrunching out the excess moisture, tho, so my roots are already "standing up".


    I'm so glad to hear so many of you "have" to diffuse!! :)
    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
  • chloe92uschloe92us Posts: 1,203Registered Users
    Luuuucy, I used the bonnet dryer this morning!

    Pros: hair. Looks. Awesome. Dried quickly.

    Cons: heat seemed to be concentrated where the input is, so I had to keep adjusting. Also, I thought I would be able to surf, check emails, but I ended up having to hold the bonnet on the whole time. When I put my hair in upside down, stayed down until the bonnet inflated, then came upright, a lot of my hair fell out of the bonnet.

    Tomorrow, I will def use it again, but think I might dry just the ends first by dumping them in the bowl and drying that way. They I will dry the roots after.

    Thanks again for the suggestion.
    2C/ Coarse/ Normal porosity/ SW Florida/ Salt & Pepper
    Cleanse: AIA cowash, TJ Tea Tree Condish
    Condish: JC Too Shea, Tresemme Botanique
    Stylers: flax/okra gel or KCCC + CJ PP or JC Spiralicious
    Experimenting with Got2B Ultra gel and loving it so far!
  • LuuuuucyLuuuuucy Posts: 146Registered Users
    I completely agree on all accounts with the bonnet. I have to hold pretty still and adjust it back and forth to distribute the heat perfectly. I tried to tell myself that it was worth it because its not like I could do anything while I diffused either, right? But I agree- I thought the same and it took me a little griping to just accept it. ;) definitely not perfect but at $12- it's made the biggest difference. And I love that I can take it along so now I know I can confidently always wear my hair curly on the go!

    I had the same issue with the ends-roots too. I actually placed the bonnet on my roots today for about five minutes and that seemed to work- didnt flatten my roots too much. But that's a good idea too- wonder if I could dry in the bonnet and then just diffuse the roots for like five minutes?
    Curly work in progress
    2C with some 3A if all the stars align
    Low porosity, medium to low density and fine
    No sulfates since 2009
    CG since 2013

    In my stash:
    Shampoos and conditioners- Tresemme Naturals Low Poo, Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing Aloe, Suave Naturals Coconut
    Leave Ins- Kinky Curly Knot Today
    Stylers- KCCC, AG Recoil, KY Lubricant (yup), SM Curl Milk
    Gels- Ecostyler, Biosilk RHG
    Mousse- Devacurl Uplifting Foam, Suave Captivating Curls
  • flippaciousflippacious Posts: 155Registered Users
    WOW Flip that is a long time to diffuse! I only do about 4 minutes. You must have really thick hair.

    I think today I will try diffusing longer (like you do)since I don't have to look good today :)

    I always diffuse with my head upside down cuz I think it helps with volume.
    I know, it's a really long time, I wish I could get away with less!

    Kawehilani321, besides our curl patterns, we are basically hair twins! My hair is damp 6-7 hours later if I try to air dry, but that might be because it's so short right now. Ugh it's going to take a lot longer once I get my length back, isn't it?!

    And Jas... I hear you about the back pain. I herniated a disk ages ago but still have back pain. I diffuse upside down, but I usually keep one foot on a step stool and rest an arm on that bent leg to reduce the weight on my back. It still hurts though.
    2b/c, high density
    fine, medium porosity, normal elasticity
    loves protein, hates polyquats
    still searching for HGs
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