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The Ultimate Guide To Hair Dryer Diffusers: What To Know And How To Use Them

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If you have naturally curly hair, you know that it can take hours for ringlets to dry. Wash day can be an all-day affair, but what if we told you it doesn’t have to be this way? Hair dryer diffusers are here to make your life easier than ever.

Never heard of a hair dryer diffuser? You’ve come to the right place. We’re breaking down everything you need to know about hair dryer diffusers, including how to use them and which one is perfect for you!

What is a hair dryer diffuser?

A hair dryer diffuser is a tool or a blow dryer attachment that disperses the air from the blow dryer over a larger area of the hair. The dispersed air does not disturb the natural curl pattern as much as the concentrated air that comes directly out of the blow dryer. The result: You can dry your curls with lightning speed and can end up seeing less frizz overall.

How do you use a hair dryer diffuser?

Much like blow drying techniques, there are several different ways to use your diffuser. The most common method is to place your ends on the diffuser and use it to scrunch your hair up as it dries. This helps your curls to maintain their natural shape and disturbs them less while drying.

Pro tip: If you’re looking for a style with a little extra volume, flip your head over and diffuse your locks upside down to help create volume right at your roots.

If you’re looking to add a diffuser, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites below.

Drybar The Bouncer Diffuser

If you love your Drybar blow dryer, you need this diffuser attachment to make your curls flourish. Don’t have a Drybar blow dryer but just can’t get enough of the sunny yellow color? You’re in luck. The diffuser can attach to just about any blow dryer! The universal diffuser broadens and helps reduce the speed of the airflow from your blow dryer to help gently dry, define curls, add shine, and reduce frizz in naturally curly hair.

Drybar The Bouncer Diffuser, $34.00 MSRP

Conair Euro Style Diffuser

If you’re looking for an affordable diffuser that will give you perfect curls every time, look no further than the Euro Style Diffuser by Conair. The diffuser fits most hair dryers and lifts hair while diffused air gently dries hair, helping to create sculpted or molded styles for permed, naturally wavy, or curly hair.

Conair Euro Style Diffuser, $9.99 MSRP

T3 Soft Touch 2 Diffuser

This tourmaline-infused diffuser volumizes, defines curls and eliminates frizz for curly, fine or hard to manage hair. Its ionic finger extensions distribute heat gently and evenly to speed up drying while promoting hair health and enhancing shine. T3 harnesses the tourmaline gemstone, known to impart ionic, infrared energy, promoting exceptional hair health by sealing in moisture and reducing frizz.

T3 Soft Touch 2 Diffuser, $30.00 MSRP

Elchim 2001 Milano Cocoon Bi-Diffuser

This two-in-one bi-diffuser is perfect for all hair types. If you have fine hair, leave the top on to dry a large area of hair quickly and safely without blowing the hair around too much which can cause tangles. If you have medium to coarse hair, take the top off to allow greater airflow and use the diffuser’s teeth to create volume and body by scrunching the hair.

Elchim 2001 Milano Cocoon Bi-Diffuser, $25.00 MSRP

DevaCurl DevaFuser Diffuser

This unique, universal diffuser is the best helping hand your curls could ever ask for. Its 360-degree airflow completely surrounds curls from the roots to the ends for speedier drying time than traditional diffusers. The new ceramic inner core helps preserve moisture keeping curls frizz-free and shiny. The patented DevaCurl DevaFuser gives natural curls gorgeous shape and definition while creating touchable volume. Great for wavy, curly, and super curly hair!

DevaCurl DevaFuser Diffuser, $50.00 MSRP

Bed Head Curls in Check 1875 Watt Diffuser Hair Dryer

If you’re ready to ditch the diffuser attachments and go all in, the Bed Head 1875 Watt Diffuser Hair Dryer is perfect for you. Its unique design enhances and defines natural curls and waves for silky, touchable texture and massive shine. The fingers work around the curves to define and enhance, while Tourmaline ionic technology helps to fight frizz while enhancing shine for curl formation and frizz-free volume. Its unique design makes it easy to style larger areas at once.

Bed Head Curls in Check 1875 Watt Diffuser Hair Dryer, $34.99 MSRP

Frcolor Foldable Silicone Hair Dryer Diffuser

Don’t allow your curls to suffer on vacation! This foldable silicone diffuser fits perfectly in your carry-on to ensure you have flawless ringlets every day.

Frcolor Foldable Silicone Hair Dryer Diffuser, $9.99 MSRP

Interested in advice about the right tools for your hair? Use our salon locator to book an appointment with a stylist near you.