How long do you diffuse?

Just long do you diffuse for (without plopping) and how dry does this get your hair? I'm starting washing it in the morning again so i need a rough idea of how long i should dry for so it's damp and i dont go out the house with hair flattened to my skull...
Curl pattern: Loose waved underlayer, a mixture of 2b, 2c, 3a
Porosity: Low
Density: Thick
Length: When stretched approx 5cm above belly button
Low poo: Tresemme Naturals
Conditioner: Herbal Essences Hello Hydration
Styler: Olive Oil Eco Styler
Deep conditioner: Olive oil



  • YoshimiYoshimi Posts: 237Registered Users
    I do plop, but only for as long as it takes me to get out of the shower and apply moisturizer so it can sink in while I dry my hair, it then takes me 25 minutes on high heat low speed to get my hair totally dry, I finish on cool heat, then clip my roots while I do my make up, then I apply my finishing products on my hair.

    My hair is medium porosity and thickness, but I do live in a humid area which slows down drying (and is the reason I need to use high heat).

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    2C, Medium thickness, Low posity
    Recovering from a year of keratin and bleach with CG


    Low Poo, Condition, Leave in, Curl cream, Supersoak, Gel, Diffuse on high heat, with minimal lift to encourage waves and reduce frizz, Dry on cool with nozzle down to smooth hair and finish drying,Shine Serum

    Weekly gelatin protien treatments.
  • chupiechupie Posts: 5,270Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Mmmm. Probably a good 20 to 25 min. and then I air dry another hour at least before scrunching.
  • chloe92uschloe92us Posts: 1,203Registered Users
    I think it depends on your porosity, length, and density. I plop for 10, diffuse for 10, but I have high porosity and a bob....
    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!
  • anonymous_133347anonymous_133347 Posts: 1,426Registered Users
    I have coarse, dense, highly porous bra strap length hair. I apply my products then I scrunch squeeze out excess moisture with a t-shirt of MF towel. Then I diffuse for seven to ten minutes. Not all the way dry. I don't have the patience. And I find stopping earlier is better for my hair overall. Less frizz. :headbang:

    Oh and maybe 70-80% dry. :) Also depends on which products I'm using. Certain ones dry faster.
    3A - C, HP, ME, HD. (Coarse, High Porosity, Medium Elasticity, High Density.)

    CG since Nov. 2012

    Poos: SM Moisture Retention + Yucca Baobab, TJ's Tea Tree Tingle
    Condish: TJ 'sTea Tree Tingle*, SM Moisture Retention* + Curl & Shine + Yucca Baobab, Yes to Blueberries
    Stylers: KCKT*, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie* + Curl & Style Milk*, KCCC*, FSG*, CJ Pattern Pusha, Curl Keeper
    Sealers: Jojoba* or Grapeseed* oil

    * = HG

  • JessiebananaJessiebanana Posts: 940Banned Users
    dusalocks wrote: »
    I have coarse, dense, highly porous bra strap length hair. I apply my products then I scrunch squeeze out excess moisture with a t-shirt of MF towel. Then I diffuse for seven to ten minutes. Not all the way dry. I don't have the patience. And I find stopping earlier is better for my hair overall. Less frizz. :headbang:

    Oh and maybe 70-80% dry. :) Also depends on which products I'm using. Certain ones dry faster.

    It's amazing how properties can change things. My hair is five million times shorter than your and diffusing for 10 minutes would do absolutely nothing.
    3C/Fine to Medium/Low Porosity/High Density


    Low Poo: CJ Gentle Cleansing Shampoo
    RO/DC: DB Pumpkin Seed Curl Moisturizing Conditioner
    LI: CJ Smoothing Lotion
    Styler: Queen Helene Sculpturing Gel & Glaze

    No Salts, No Waxes, No Butters, No Heavy Oils
    No ACV, No Saponified Oils, Protein Sensitive
  • MyrnaMyrna Posts: 2,332Registered Users Curl Neophyte
  • 2poodles2poodles Posts: 2,480Registered Users
    I diffuse for 5 minutes or so - just long enough to develop some root curl and dry the undersurface a bit. It generally will take an hour or so after that to air dry. I have found that since I started highlighting my hair a year ago (3 - 4 time/yr) that my hair dries faster. It's obviously not as low porosity as it was before I started highlights. On the other hand, the grays blend better!
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]2Poodles :flower: Southeast PA
    fine, med porosity, normal elasticity
    Currently using the following 2 - 3 x/week:
    Living Proof Perfect Hair Day suphate-free Poo, cone-free CO and styling treatment, plus KCCC

  • JulesonlineJulesonline Posts: 444Registered Users
    I have medium-fine, normal porosity, medium density hair and I diffuse for about 10 minutes. I do plop prior for 20-30 minutes. After diffusing, my hair is about 70-80% dry. After diffusing, it takes about an hour to completely dry.
    3A/B? A corkicelli mix of ringlets, spirals, helixes & s-shaped curls
    Medium-fine texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity

    Summer: pink; Winter: Blue; Year Round: green
    Lo-Poo:Giovanni SAS sulfate free poo, L'Oreal Evercream CC
    Co-wash: TNRV, VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea, TNNM
    YTC, Nexxus Hydra-light w/ CNPF GVPCB, Biolage CB, TNNM, Giovanni SAS

  • RytokaRytoka Posts: 309Registered Users
    I am medium across the board. BSL I plop for about 10-15 minutes (long enough to get dressed say bye to my DH and do my makeup. I then diffuse about 10 minutes. Gets me maybe 50% dry but I won't be completely dry for a few hours. Any more diffusing and I start to frizz like crazy!
    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
  • NelekeNeleke Posts: 456Registered Users
    I'm somewhere between shoulderlength and BSL.
    I have medium-high density, don't know my other properties yet.

    I plop for about 10-15 minutes (the time to apply body lotion, get dressed and apply make-up), I then for about 10 minutes (more will give me a lot of frizzies) and my hair then needs to airdry for around 3 more hours.
    2c: fine texture, normal porosity, normal elasticity, normal-high density
    CG since March 8th 2013
    Low Poo: Rainforest Radiance shampoo
    Conditioner: Yes to Cucumbers
    Styler: BRHG, Garnier Fructis Gel
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  • FrizzBgoneFrizzBgone Posts: 2,678Registered Users
    I plop using a Curlease towel. I leave it on while I put my makeup on. After plopping I scrunch in a serum type product (either CIAB or Gel-les'c), and diffuse my hair. The length of time I diffuse is very dependent on the products I've used that day. Depending on the combo, my hair takes longer to dry. I never diffuse more that 10 mins. It is normally around 6-7mins.

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    Type: 3a fine & dense,with normal porosity, terrible product junkie
    ROUTINE: LI, enhancer, gel, plop with Curlease towel, serum product (either CIAB or Gel-les'c), clip & diffuse.
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  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Posts: 3,750Registered Users
    If I diffuse I do so for roughly ten minutes, but my hair is not fully dry then it's at least another hour of air drying afterwards. If I am in a hurry I don't plop but scrunch the excess water out with a towel.

    If you clip the roots with tiny claw clips you can leave the house like that and stay clipped until you reach your school or place of work.
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    2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

    CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
    Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
    Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
    Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
    Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
    Experimenting with: benign neglect