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Diffuser--I have never done it, scared of frizz...

I have never used a diffiuser for fear of frizz. But I am getting anxious to try one because I hate that it takes my hair 2 hours to fully dry. :(

Any specific recommendations on a diffusing technique that would eliminate frizz AND keep the curl definition?

The only time I have ever used a hair dryer is when I have straightened my hair, so I worry that the heat will break up the curls.

Also, any recommendations on specific diffusers or attachments?

Thank you kindly!
Rose
BiRacial Curly Girl
Mostly 3B...with one or two 3C ringlets!
Currently Loving: SheaMoisture Leave-in, CK, re:coil (only 1-2x per week), Hypo Allergenic Gel. Still Looking for that HG Conditioner though....

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  • asleep to audioasleep to audio Posts: 2,085Registered Users
    A lot of people have success with the Pixiecurl Method.

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  • roses_92123roses_92123 Posts: 118Registered Users
    Thanks for that link!!

    I guess I am little nervous because in all descriptions of diffusing, people say they tilt their head upside down.

    My hair is short...above my shoulders. If I plopped my hair upside down I fear I will end up looking like Don King!!

    Anyone with short hair have a tried and true method of diffusing?
    Rose
    BiRacial Curly Girl
    Mostly 3B...with one or two 3C ringlets!
    Currently Loving: SheaMoisture Leave-in, CK, re:coil (only 1-2x per week), Hypo Allergenic Gel. Still Looking for that HG Conditioner though....
  • Laney1Laney1 Posts: 308Registered Users
    I'm a 3b with some 3c also, and I diffuse all the time. I don't get frizz from diffusing. The diffuser makes sure that the air doesn't blow hard enough to move the curls, so the curls stay as they are during the drying process. I try not to move them around to much.

    I hold my head to the side and diffuse underneath and then I just hold it over the outside of my hair while standing up straight.

    I use quite a bit of product (gel & cream) so maybe that helps. :drunken:

    All in all, my hair seems to be pretty much the same whether it air dries or I diffuse.
    3B, with some 3C
  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I'd be lost w/ out a diffuser!

    You don't *have* to flip your head upside down. Just don't shake or move your hair around at all while it's drying. The diffuser "freeze dries" the hair in place before frizz has a chance to set in. If it has definition when it's wet, it will have it when it's dry, if you diffuse. If you don't have definition when it's wet, the diffuser won't give you any.

    Use a warm, low setting and keep it on one area of hair for a couple of minutes before you move to the next section. Check in the mirror periodically to see that it's drying correctly. It takes a few times to get the hang. Also, bonnet dryers can work OK, if you're not using them every day.

  • southernbelle08southernbelle08 Posts: 199Registered Users
    I get so BORED when I diffuse, but I LOVE the results that it brings! What do yall do to find the patience? Do you just sit in front of a mirror? I need ideas! lol
    EXTREMELY thick, medium 3B-3C hair;
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  • embudiniembudini Posts: 580Registered Users
    I read while I diffuse :laughing9: . I have a sedusa tho so I just sit there leaning over for 15 minutes.
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  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I get so BORED when I diffuse, but I LOVE the results that it brings! What do yall do to find the patience? Do you just sit in front of a mirror? I need ideas! lol

    I read or watch tv or just think. I diffuse for 15 minutes at the absolute most. It's not that much time to kill.

  • Brown_Eyed_GirlBrown_Eyed_Girl Posts: 1,353Registered Users
    I get so BORED when I diffuse, but I LOVE the results that it brings! What do yall do to find the patience? Do you just sit in front of a mirror? I need ideas! lol

    I do my morning Bible reading. I sit and lean over with the book on the floor.
  • munchkinmunchkin Posts: 2,909Registered Users
    If you are afraid of frizz or too much volume, get a hard bonnet dryer and sit under it for 10-15 min. I do this when I want my hair to air dry but don't have the time to wait for it. In fact, did it yesterday and had a great hair day.
    3b/c
  • measammeasam Posts: 56Registered Users
    Also, bonnet dryers can work OK, if you're not using them every day.

    Why not use them evert day? Is is worse for your hair than diffusing?
    Growing out my 3(b) curls!
  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    measam wrote:
    Also, bonnet dryers can work OK, if you're not using them every day.

    Why not use them evert day? Is is worse for your hair than diffusing?

    No, it's not that. It just doesn't work every day, for some reason. The results start to get suckier and suckier every day past the 2nd time used in a row. I have no idea why this is. It may not be the case for everyone but it has been my experience and that of several others I've spoken with. You can use it two or three times but then you have to switch up and alternate a different method.

  • measammeasam Posts: 56Registered Users
    measam wrote:
    Also, bonnet dryers can work OK, if you're not using them every day.

    Why not use them evert day? Is is worse for your hair than diffusing?

    No, it's not that. It just doesn't work every day, for some reason. The results start to get suckier and suckier every day past the 2nd time used in a row. I have no idea why this is. It may not be the case for everyone but it has been my experience and that of several others I've spoken with. You can use it two or three times but then you have to switch up and alternate a different method.

    Okay, that's a relief. I use a bonnet dryer everyday with good results so far. I have bad diffuser results, The bonnet is easier for me. I have a hard time being patient enough with a diffuser and with the hard bonnet I can watch TV or sit at the computer and be better distracted from touching my hair!
    Growing out my 3(b) curls!