Diffusing Curly Hair 101

Naturals curls are amazing and you want to love them… but the frizz is driving you crazy. How do I know this?  Because when I see frizz in my curly hair I want to scream. I’m going to let you in on a few secrets.

  1. It starts in the shower with a shampoo and conditioner made for curly hair.
  3. Use the best curly hair products for your type of curls.
  4. This one is very important. Make sure you are diffusing your hair properly.

Your probably thinking, I have that big, funny looking thing I attach to my hair dryer. AKA a hair diffuser. I turn the blow dryer on and hold  the diffuser to my head. It’s that all? That’s only the beginning. Let’s start with the first step which is in the shower.

  1. Shampooing & Conditioning Your Curls – The base of any good hair style is having a clean scalp. Using a shampoo and conditioner for curly hair will help keep natural oils and moisture in your hair that curls love. If you use a shampoo that is to cleansing it can strip your hair from the oils curly hair needs that helps prevent flyways and frizz. Now if you were blowing out your hair I would tell you to keep the conditioner off your roots. Since you are diffusing put the conditioner all over, starting at the bottom and working your way up to your roots. While the conditioner is in comb your hair with a wide tooth comb and rinse leaving behind a touch of conditioner in your hair.
  2. Use a T-shirt to dry your curls – STOP RIGHT THERE! Put down the terry cloth towel, this is a frizz makers. Use any t-shirt you like to blot, and scrunch your hair dry, don’t rub. Also no need to re-comb your hair, this will pull down your curls. Combing your hair in the shower gets the job done.
  3. Product Application – Once you have found the curly hair products that work for your texture, you want to make sure you apply them properly to get the best out of them.
    • Apply your products in the right order
      • Leave-in conditioner
      • Curl cream, mousse or gel, whichever your prefer
      • Finishing produced when your hair is dry such as a beach spray, or shine spray. My favorite is Oribe Apres Beach and Shine spray

           Start  by scrunching in the products all over your hair. Scrunch gently, try to touch your hair as little as possible. If you want to enhance your curls even more take  1 inch sections and twist your hair so it looks like little dread locks all around your head.

Dang all this and she hasn’t even told me how to diffuse my hair yet. These first three steps are important to give you the best results. I promise it will take you less time to do these step then it did to read this post.

4. Time To Diffuse – Make sure your blow dyer is on high heat and a medium to low speed. If your using a diffuser with fingers place your hair right into the bowl of the diffuser and slowly move your blow dryer in a circular motion. If you are using a sock diffuser, slowly move your hair dryer in a circular motion around your head. Take your time, you cant rush curls. Continue this motion all over your head until your hair is dry. Sometime I flip my head upside down and side to side to make sure I get ever inch dry, and give my hair some extra volume. Once your are done take your finishing product and spray all over while giving your hair a little shake.

Make sure your hair is completely dry and touch it as little as possible. Touching your hair = frizz. And that’s it, you’re done. Just remember these steps and take your time. Slow and steady wins the race with curls. If your rush the process your curls will be sad and frizz.