How to Diffuse Curly Hair the RIGHT Way

How to Diffuse Curly Hair the RIGHT Way

Find your perfect diffusing technique to suit your curl type.

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If you’ve lucky enough to have been born with piles of curly hair, then you’ll know that the journey to the perfect curl is never, well, straightforward. From washing to drying, styling to detangling, curls often have a mind of their own and can leave you with a frizzy mane that is a long way from the ringlets we all dream of.

So how do you take control of your curls? Creating the perfect curl is all about the prep, style and finish. If you’re someone who simply doesn’t have the patience to let your curls air dry, then a diffuser should definitely be part of your hair drying arsenal. Whilst it might seem daunting at first, a bit of practise with your diffuser can transform your styling routine. Scroll down to discover our go-to tips and tricks, as well as what you definitely shouldn’t do when caring for your curls.

Why diffuse?

A diffuser is a wonderful tool for enhancing your curls. Unlike a standard hair dryer, the point of a diffuser or diffuser attachment is to soften the air flow so it doesn’t disturb the formation pattern of your curl. Not only does it help to define each individual curl, it is much less harsh on your cuticles than a standard hair dryer alone. Low speeds and cooler heat settings are the most gentle on your hair and avoid your scalp drying out, so if you’ve got the time, it’s worth avoiding the high heat.


  1. Before you pick up your diffuser, make sure you’ve applied your curl cream, mousse or scrunching jelly to your hair. These will help to hold and shape your curls as you start to diffuse.

  2. Gently squeeze any excess water out of your hair with a t-shirt or microfibre towel. These fabrics protect your curls more than a standard bath towel which is often too coarse and will fray or snap the ends of your hair. 

    Don’t: Touch your hair too much at this early stage! The more you touch the hair, the more unruly and frizzy it’ll become. Only use your fingers to create coil curls, otherwise keep your mitts off.

  3. Start by tipping your head upside down and hovering the diffuser around your roots. This encourages volume and curl definition. Gently move your head so that you’re leaning one side and then the other to avoid your curls setting in one particular direction. Massage your roots slowly and let the diffuser do the work to dry the dampest parts of your hair.

    Once your roots are nice and massaged, it’s time to move to your ends.

  4. Scrunch the hair as you go up from the ends by allowing sections of curls to fall over the diffuser attachment and scrunching them up to your scalp. Hold in place for 30 seconds to 1 minute and release.

    Do this all over your hair until your curls are about 80% dry, and then leave to air dry.

  5. If your hair is feeling crunchy from products at this stage, then use your fingers to scrunch it out. Rub some shine serum into your hands and smooth it over the mid-length to ends of hair (not through it or you’ll loosen the curls).

  6. Ta-da! Go and rock your best curly look.

Still searching for the perfect diffuser? Check out our Diffon. With hundreds of 5-star reviews from curly girls and guys right here in the UK and two air-flow settings, you’ll be enjoying your most beautiful curls in no time.