Diffusing my hair makes it look flat!

Hello everybody! A curly noobie here! :D
After almost 30 yeard of fighting against my hair, I have discovered that I have curly hair, not rebel hair! I do cowash and s2c and I plop with gel and leave-on conditioner. From the first time I did the CG method I could see my beautiful curls come to life and I have never been happier!
I thought "LET'S TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL!" and I bought a diffuser 3 days ago. The first time I used it it looked GORGEOUS but after 2 hours my curls started to look flat (this doesn't happen when I let it airdry).
So I did it again yesterday, I diffused but this time I also applied mousse. Again, the end result was beautiful. I pineappled and went to bed. This morning my hair is flat and sad again. It looks wavy, not curly. I guess I must be doing something wrong but I don't know what.

I diffused with my hair upside down, I put my curls softly into the diffuser, I placed it against my scalp and I turned it on low fan and cold air. I turn it off before taking it to another section of hair. After 10 or so minutes I lose my patience and I use it on medium heat and when I feel the scalp warm I turn the heat to cold. I stop when my hair is almost 100% dry.

Can someone please help me with this? I don't want to think I throw money to the garbage buying this diffuser :(
Thank you so so much!!

Comments

  • Gaby.VintimiGaby.Vintimi Posts: 124Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Maybe is the pineapple, when I tried it once and my hair went flat. Try diffusing in the morning and see what happens or wrap your hair in a sating or silk scarf. Keep in mind that overnight you may loose curl definition.
    You may try a gel, I find that it gives more definition than a mousse.
    For the diffusing technique, in the past I would apply product and blow dry my hair on high speed and heat to shake the water then diffuse. Nowdays what has worked is to let dry up to 50-60%. Then I diffuse on low speed and start with high heat until I feel warm, switch to low heat and end with cool. I do it in every section for about two minutes each and my hair holds for the day. In this way it will save you time diffusing, you could do make up or breakfast before diffusing (if it is in the morning). The gel will help you keeping definition, and try all the methods and products application until you find what works best.
    2c, dense and coarse hair.
  • Gaby.VintimiGaby.Vintimi Posts: 124Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Maybe is the pineapple, when I tried it once and my hair went flat. Try diffusing in the morning and see what happens or wrap your hair in a sating or silk scarf. Keep in mind that overnight you may loose curl definition.
    You may try a gel, I find that it gives more definition than a mousse.
    For the diffusing technique, in the past I would apply product and blow dry my hair on high speed and heat to shake the water then diffuse. Nowdays what has worked is to let dry up to 50-60%. Then I diffuse on low speed and start with high heat until I feel warm, switch to low heat and end with cool. I do it in every section for about two minutes each and my hair holds for the day. In this way it will save you time diffusing, you could do make up or breakfast before diffusing (if it is in the morning). The gel will help you keeping definition, and try all the methods and products application until you find what works best.
    2c, dense and coarse hair.
  • CurlyNotRebelCurlyNotRebel Posts: 2Registered Users
    Maybe is the pineapple, when I tried it once and my hair went flat. Try diffusing in the morning and see what happens or wrap your hair in a sating or silk scarf. Keep in mind that overnight you may loose curl definition.
    HI! Thank you for your reply! It's not the pineapple because the first time I did it it was morning and my curls lasted only 2 hours. The second time I applied mousse on top of the gel, the first time I only used gel and the result was the same both times.
    I'll try your diffusing technique and see what happens!
  • chupiechupie Posts: 5,280Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I wonder if it is sucking more moisture out of your hair than air drying. I'm the opposite but I can see that being an issue. Do you have a cold setting on your dryer? If so I'd try that. Otherwise another thing to try is the Squish to Condish method of conditioning. It really pumps moisture in. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMW0ZsYXAjE I'd think that would help a lot.

    You've only just started so your moisture balance isn't there yet. Your hair will continue to improve over time.
    2a medium porous, You can see my wavy tutorials here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLy8bclCLgER5N_uVYSYZNxhBHSXAW40OQ and my wavy blog is The Wavy Nation http://wavynation.wordpress.com
  • naturecatnaturecat Posts: 1,986Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    O/T, but chupie I love your hair in your avatar! How did you manage to post a new avatar? I thought the forum is currently preventing anyone from posting new avatar pics? Nice to see you around here.

    3A/f/i
    Super baby fine hair, low porosity
    Shampoos: SM Fruit Fusion (mostly), Avalon lemon (to clarify). Occasional aloe vera and glycerin to wash.
    Stylers: Intelligent Nutrients Perfect Hold Hairspray
    Treatments: Catnip tea, IA girl's PT, Fermented Rice Water, Catnip Tea, Amla tea, Irish Moss, SS PT
  • foggybrainfoggybrain Posts: 21Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Logged in just to say WOW, Chupie, that's some great avatar pic! So much volume and curl. Nice!
    2c/3a; moderately coarse; low porosity; medium density
    Still looking for HG products
    Live where it's perpetually Springtime with fog and wind
  • rbbrbb Posts: 4,355Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    naturecat wrote: »
    O/T, but chupie I love your hair in your avatar! How did you manage to post a new avatar? I thought the forum is currently preventing anyone from posting new avatar pics? Nice to see you around here.

    naturecat -- out of curiosity, i clicked on the empty question mark box in your avatar, and it took me to your profile WITH YOUR PICTURE!! beautiful hair, btw. looks more 3a than 2c to me.

    chupie, i agree, your hair looks great.

    3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity :-(
    washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
    leave in:curl junkie conditioners and treatments as leave in
    styling: curl junkie 
    sealants - jane carter nourish & shine
  • naturecatnaturecat Posts: 1,986Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Aww, thank you so much rbb! My hair has actually gotten curlier since the time of that picture, now that I figured out I need to scrunch while diffusing. It sort of made my day that you said 3A. I love your hair, too. It's perfect. I want my hair to look just like that.

    3A/f/i
    Super baby fine hair, low porosity
    Shampoos: SM Fruit Fusion (mostly), Avalon lemon (to clarify). Occasional aloe vera and glycerin to wash.
    Stylers: Intelligent Nutrients Perfect Hold Hairspray
    Treatments: Catnip tea, IA girl's PT, Fermented Rice Water, Catnip Tea, Amla tea, Irish Moss, SS PT
  • rbbrbb Posts: 4,355Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    thanks, naturecat!

    3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity :-(
    washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
    leave in:curl junkie conditioners and treatments as leave in
    styling: curl junkie 
    sealants - jane carter nourish & shine

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