Okay, who among us knows how to use a diffuser? Like actually, use one? Shallyn Johnston, Dyson Canada Education Manager can, and she’s here to let you know if you’ve been scrunching wrong this whole time. Keep reading to discover the right way to use a diffuser on your hair to get the mane of your dreams!
Diffuser Do’s and Don’ts
It turns out “how to use a diffuser” isn’t exactly an easy question to answer. “Everyone will find a method they like best over time and with practice. Generally, I recommend starting low and slow—low heat setting and low-speed setting. These settings work with the attachment to really create that natural air dry experience but at an accelerated rate,” shares Shallyn.
The next most important thing to keep in mind is what you should avoid. According to the expert, don’t overmanipulate your hair with the diffuser. “Once you place the diffuser on the hair you should commit and keep it there for as long as possible. This will help create consistent texture and less frizz,” she says.
How to Use a Diffuser
How long the hair takes to dry will vary depending on its density. The more hair, the longer the dry time. Of course, the opposite is also true—the less hair, the shorter the dry time.
What about touching the tool? We needed to know, is distance key? It depends on your style, notes Shallyn. “Depending on the look you are trying to achieve, the application of the diffuser to the hair will change. For hair that is slightly wavy and needs some encouragement, applying the diffuser right to the hair will help enhance this. Hair that is more curly to coily may not require the diffuser to touch it but rather dry from a distance until a cast has been formed on the curls. Then it can be applied to the scalp.”
There’s no limit to how often you can diffuse hair, and Shallyn encourages that you do it “as often as you like.”
“Diffusing the hair will accelerate the dry time while still delivering controlled frizz-free results,” she continues. If you’re trying to figure out what diffuser to use, stick with whatever your blowdryer is and find their attachment. If you want to switch it up and are willing to splurge, you know we have to cosign the Dyson.
“Our diffuser includes two layers of mesh inside which make this attachment so special. The mesh is key to delivering a diffused, even airflow preserving your natural curl and reducing frizz. Dyson engineers spent three years developing our diffuser,” Shallyn emphasizes.
Hair types 2, 3, and 4 will be most successful with a diffuser, Shallyn explains. “Type 2 hair may use techniques to enhance their wave (like braiding or twisting the hair) and then diffuse to deliver a natural lived-in texture that looks slightly undone and effortless. Type 3 hair is really using a diffuser to bring out their best curls, while type 4 hair is using a diffuser for a range of styles from wash and goes to twist outs and anything in between.”