Poll: Hair Dryer? or Air Dryer?

so do you use a hair dryer? or are you an air dryer?
just want to know your drying routines!
i'm currently a partial hair dryer, but i think i'm going to go back to air drying, like in the days of old!

please post your routines!
oh! and sell me on why your way is the BEST way! :lol::wink:
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  • JessicurlJessicurl Registered Users Posts: 401
    I don't get very good curl formation or volume if I air dry. Diffusing is key for me to get my hair the way I like it. Plus, it takes like 5 hours to dry all the way if I air dry.
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  • itsjustmeghanitsjustmeghan Registered Users Posts: 652
    Curlyprincess said this on the origional thread...the poll thing broke, so i had to repost...so here's what she said! (sorry curlyprincess!)
    What do you mean by a combo?

    I diffuse and can't imagine not diffusing as my hair is flat and less curly without it. I diffuse after 20 minutes out of the shower for about 10 minutes, wait another 10-15 and diffuse again for 5-10 minutes. Is that what you mean by a combo, as I take a break to let my hair airdry?

    I diffuse with my head upside down; I kind of flip it more to one side of my head and diffuse all my hair and then tilt (haha! the other word I tried to use was bleeped out) my head over to the other side and diffuse all again (if that makes any sense). I only turn my diffuser on once it's up against my head, and then off before I bring it down. I divide my hair up into about 7 sections with the diffuser, 3 on each side of my head, and then the top, front layer (when I'm upside down). I never hold the diffuser on a section of hair for a certain time... I just kinda stop when I feel like - maybe 20 seconds, maybe 50.

    Hope that makes some sense.
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  • meegsmeegs Registered Users Posts: 354
    I chose diffusing all the way. Though if it's a lazy Sunday, for example and I know I'm going to stay low key all day and don't need to go anywhere in particular, I might air dry. But I'm with Jessicurl. To get the look I really like and want, I need a diffuser.

    I don't diffuse until 100% dry, probably 85% and so I guess there's a little bit of air drying involved (and since I've now qualified my answer twice, maybe I should change my vote :lol: ).

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  • KurleeKurlee Registered Users Posts: 1,354
    I always air dry my hair. Can't remember the last time I diffused...

  • desertcurlydesertcurly Registered Users Posts: 24
    I have to diffuse also, otherwise my hair just looks wavy in some parts.
    3a/3b curly I am loving Aussie products right now! Using Aussie moist conditioner and Aussie gel+water.
  • curly_princesscurly_princess Registered Users Posts: 360
    Hehe, thanks meghan! I hadn't gotten around to copying and pasting that onto this thread yet.

    Diffusing is one of the most vital steps in doing my hair - I love love love it! I have no volume whatsoever if I air dry and I don't want to leave the house with wet hair anyways.

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  • maricurlmaricurl Registered Users Posts: 59
    if i have time i let my hair air dry. i get less frizz that way. but it takes hours and hours--yesterday i washed my hair at 4 p.m., and at 10 p.m. i had to break out the hair dryer to finish drying it. so what usually happens is i do both. i let it air dry for as long as i can, then i use the diffuser. i flip my head over for a while, but only at the beginning or i get too much volume. lately i've been trying to dry from underneath my hair (another technique to cut down on frizz). with my head upright i lean to the side and position the diffuser on the underside of my hair rather than at the ends or on the top.

    good thread idea :wink:
  • AlexaAlexa Registered Users Posts: 208
    I like to air dry if I am hanging round the house for long enough, it turns out OK if I keep flipping my head over & scrunching to get the volume. But I like a little fluffiness I get with diffusing, the wet look doesn't suit me. Tend to diffuse then maybe go have cuppa t then diffuse a bit more, have breakfast, diffuse a bit more....
    So have to go with diffusing, also really don't like going out with wet hair.
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  • LipGlassHoneyLipGlassHoney Registered Users Posts: 230
    Even though it takes my hair around 6 hours to air dry I lve the results. Maybe I will by a diffuser just to see if I like that better
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  • eccentric_kurlzeccentric_kurlz Registered Users Posts: 4,151 Curl Connoisseur
    I normally would just air-dry, but for the past month or so, I've been experimenting with my diffuser. I diffuse for maybe 15 minutes(give or take a few minutes), and then let my hair air dry.
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  • SoLastSunday152SoLastSunday152 Registered Users Posts: 428
    I diffuse because my hair just comes out flat against my skull if I air-dry. Not to mention the fact that it takes HOURS and HOURS to dry on its own.

    I'm just curious: Those of you who air-dry.. do you wash in the morning and walk around all day with wet hair or wash at night and let it dry while you're asleep?
  • Athena's OwlAthena's Owl Registered Users Posts: 45
    I air dry.

    It doesn't take all that long for my hair to dry - I'd say about two hours.

    I've never owned a hair dryer, but maybe I should give a diffuser a shot and see what happens when I use it.
    Mixed AA 3b/3c hair. past shoulders. superfine texture. Natural - no colours or relaxers in over 4 years.
  • love yourself firstlove yourself first Registered Users Posts: 5,398
    My answer is a lot like Athena's Owl.. and I only recently bought a hairdryer to assist with at home deep treatment with heat.

    I like the results that I get with airdrying and I like not using heat on my hair.
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  • CurliTressesCurliTresses Registered Users Posts: 119
    It depends for me. I mostly airdry because I don't like to use too much heat on my hair. If I'm going somewhere special, I will airdry mostly and maybe diffuse for about 3-4 minutes to get more volume. Other than that I usually airdry my hair. I do notice with diffusing my hair gets lots more volume, but if I flip my hair over and run fingers thru roots after hair has airdried, I usually get lots of volume this way also. I guess main thing for me is the less heat I use on my hair, the better. So on days when I don't have any place special to go, I just airdry, (or wear hair in a braid or pulled back).
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  • desertcurlydesertcurly Registered Users Posts: 24
    I'm an AZ curly too! It's definitely challenging trying to style your hair curly when it's so hot outside. I diffused my hair today and I ended up looking like a lion's mane because I didn't leave it partially dry. :-) How do you girls that air dry your hair get enough volume? I still haven't figured that part out yet.
    3a/3b curly I am loving Aussie products right now! Using Aussie moist conditioner and Aussie gel+water.
  • PixieCurlPixieCurl Registered Users Posts: 5,656
    i mostly air dry, and sometimes diffuse on the weekends. i wake up early and shower first thing, then take my time getting ready otherwise so my hair gets as dry as possible while i'm still home. then when i get to work my hair dries the rest of the way within the first hour or two. i don't like showing up with wet hair and i wouldn't if i had to work with the public (all my client interaction is over the phone) but i'm too lazy too diffuse every day and prefer to avoid the damage.

    on the weekends if i'm going somewhere where i care how i look, i usually diffuse a bit, but not 100%. it gets frizzier than airdrying at first, but once it's totally dry and scrunched, it looks good.
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  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Registered Users Posts: 10,573 Curl Connoisseur
    I voted both-- I air dry a bit, then diffuse a while, then air dry the rest of the way. I tend to diffuse the front and right side more to encourage the curls to match the rest. I usually let the back air dry mostly as it doesn't need encouraging. ;) Oh, the woes of a mixed head of curls. :lol:

    I also find it helps to diffuse the scalp upside down so it doesn't go flat.
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  • mundoazulmundoazul Registered Users Posts: 18
    What do you find keeps your hair the flattest? I don't own a diffuser :shock: but I do have a hooded dryer. I usually air dry, but I feel like my hair inflates because of it.
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  • KurleeKurlee Registered Users Posts: 1,354
    I'm just curious: Those of you who air-dry.. do you wash in the morning and walk around all day with wet hair or wash at night and let it dry while you're asleep?

    I shower in the morning, I just can't go to bed with wet hair and look good in the morning. My hair takes about 2-3 hours to dry all the way I think. Seems like the last drying part takes the longest, so my hair isn't very wet for that long. Just a little moist kinda. I just go to work, or what ever I am doing, that way.

  • mitabirdmitabird Registered Users Posts: 226 Curl Connoisseur
    I also diffuse all the way. If I don't, my hair is limp and lifeless.
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  • WinterCurlzWinterCurlz Registered Users Posts: 3
    If I want an afro puff for that day I blowdry with a comb attachment (I do this about once every 6 months)

    If I want my hair curly I let it airdry...whcih is 99% of the time
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  • RainRain Registered Users Posts: 217 Curl Neophyte
    I do both. I usually put my hair up in a microfiber towel to soak out most of the water, apply whatever product/s, diffuse at the roots for a couple minutes, then air dry the rest of the way.
    3a/b, fine, lots of it
  • StarrwithoutniteStarrwithoutnite Registered Users Posts: 1,732
    I airdry all the time. I dont even own a blow drier. I have never had a problem with lifeless hair, so I dont know how I get my full volume even in the Nevada desert. I live in Italy now so the killer humidity is the only thing I will miss when I go home. My hair just kinda dries and its full even at the scalp. Sometimes I think its too big but then again, its origional. It may not be perfect curls but I think the tousled, just woke up look is really making a come back! I swear :wink:
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  • three rivers curlythree rivers curly Registered Users Posts: 994
    Air dry 50%. Diffuse for a bit, then put on nozzle attachment and direct air at the roots for some extra kick. If I let it airdry all the way, the water pulls down on my thin fine hair and makes it flat on top and a pyramid on the bottom.
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  • AmnerisAmneris Registered Users Posts: 15,117
    omnigirl wrote:
    What do you find keeps your hair the flattest? I don't own a diffuser :shock: but I do have a hooded dryer. I usually air dry, but I feel like my hair inflates because of it.

    The hooded dryer keeps mine the flattest.
    I find that my drying methods are changing as I get more regrowth and use different products.
    Airdrying my freshly texturized hair made it really, really frizzy, but now it can handle it a bit better, so I guess my natural hair doesn't mind it as much. Diffusing usually gives me very big hair. The hooded dryer splits the difference - it's more gentle like airdrying when set on cool, but it does keep the hair flatter than straight air drying.
    Up till now, I've been alternating air drying and heat drying either with the hooded dryer, the diffuser, or both. I towel dry, airdry for a while and then start using a dryer.
    The real key for me for helping my hair dry the best is to not touch it at all while drying once I have applied conditioner or product or whatever. Absolutely no scrunching, fluffing etc.
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  • gladygirlgladygirl Registered Users Posts: 16
    I'm another combo-dryer! I have to diffuse or my hair is flat, not to mention still wet when I have to be at work. But I let it air the last little bit. There was an earlier thread about diffuser techniques (by the way, my husband, who shaves his head, thinks it's quite amusing that I get so excited about diffuser-technique threads) that was really helpful! Thank you to the person on that thread recommended holding the diffuser against your head in sections to cut down on frizziness...that has made a world of difference for me!
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  • curlymamaof2curlymamaof2 Registered Users Posts: 5
    If I don't diffuse, my hair is very flat on top and more wavy than curly. I really only have curls at the nape of my neck without diffusing, but with the use of a diffuser I have bouncy curls with volume! Also, my halo frizz seems to disapper as my hair is being diffused. It definitely looks better when I diffuse!!!
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