How to Diffuse Natural Hair Without Heat Damage

 By Bri of

There are four major steps to diffuse natural hair flawlessly and efficiently every time. Let’s start with what a diffuser actually is. A diffuser is an attachment added to your blow dryer. Normally this attachment is circular or bowl shaped, with tips. With the diffuser being circular, the heat covers more head space, adds volume, and preserves curls that are normally achieved the second day. Like any tool that uses heat, there are steps so that damage does not occur.


Come Again? Natural Hair Damage from Air Drying?

via TheBeautyBrains:

Mik says…I found a new study made in Korea that says that blow drying hair in a particular way is actually less damaging than letting it air dry. Could this be true?

The Beauty Brains respond:
The study that Mik refers to was published in the Annals of Dermatology and it does indeed conclude that “Although using a hair dryer causes more surface damage than natural drying, using a hair dryer at a distance of 15 cm with continuous motion causes less damage than drying hair naturally.”

How can air drying be bad for hair?
For the most part the article confirms what scientists have long known about hair: heat causes damage, especially damage to the shingle-like outer layer of hair known as the cuticle. But the surprising discovery by these authors is that air dried hair sustains more damage to the Cell Membrane Complex (CMC), the sandwich-y layer of proteins, lipids, and covalently bonded fatty acids that is the “glue” that binds cuticles together. Once the CMC is damaged cuticles can become dislodged more easily which leads to rough damaged hair which may eventually split and break.

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How to Dry Low and High Porosity Natural Hair

Before we delve into anything let’s do some quick educating for any new naturals out there. Hair porosity is the hairs ability to absorb water and hold onto it and is affected by the cuticle of the hair. However, since there are a number of articles about this you can visit this page about hair porosity that really helps to explain it all.

As a low porosity natural, you have probably spent hours locked up inside of your house because of hair that simply refused to dry or woken up to damp hair. This can be very annoying, so if you want to cut down on your drying time, here are some things to consider. 

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Diffusing Natural Hair- A Quick Drying Technique for Your Wash and Go Style

by Alicia James of

How to Diffuse Natural Hair- 

1. Shampoo or co wash your hair. Starting off with clean hair is the best way to ensure you get the best results and a style that lasts. Clean hair will lead to bouncier curls that easily clump together, which is what you usually want with a wash and go. I also suggest washing your hair in the shower as this keeps the hair stretched out without clumping all of your curls on the top of your head and wrapping the strands around each other. You want to make the detangling process as easy as possible.

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3 Tips for Drying Your Natural Hair

There are plenty of ways to treat your coils with tender loving care during all steps of your hair care routine. All the little improvements we make at each step contribute to the overall health of our hair and to maintaining and growing that big afro. Healthy hair will grow sky high! Here are three ways to gently dry your coils after you’ve cleansed, conditioned and detangled.

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Efficient Air Drying for Natural Hair

by Alicia James of

I have low porosity hair and once moisture gets in it stays in. I can say I haven’t really ever had a problem with keeping moisture in my hair. The horrible thing about that is once my hair is wet it can literally sometimes take up to 24 hours to dry. I am someone who uses heat, but I also like to minimize the amount of heat I use on my hair, so air drying can be great when it doesn’t take forever.

Here is how I minimize the amount of time it takes to air dry my tight coily natural hair:

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Hair Tip Tuesday - A T-shirt Is Better Than A Towel!

Ok, if you haven't heard by now, drying your hair with those thick and fluffy towels is not the business! Yes, you heard me right! Towels cause breakage and split ends if you rub your wet hair with them, but even if you squeeze the water out gently it can still make your hair rough. Micro-fiber towels are a great alternative if you have a lot of extra cash for hair products.

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Decoding Diffusing- Natural Hair Tips

by Antoinette of A Curl's BFF

If you’re a curly who needs a little lift to get the bounce and body you desire or if it's just too cold to walk out of the house with wet hair a diffuser is what you need.

What is a Diffuser? A diffuser is an attachment for your hairdryer uniquely designed to enhance curl definition and body by distributing heat evenly throughout your hair. Diffusers also help prevent heat damage.

Is a Diffuser Right for Me? I recommend diffusers be used on hair that is not extremely coiled. Those that may benefit from diffusing are types that lack body and looser curls. Hair that has tighter curls may appear to be matted down by the diffuser which is the exact opposite of what we are looking for.

How to Diffuse - After wetting your hair and applying your favorite leave-in conditioner let your hair air-dry 50-60%. This will allow your natural curl pattern to form. If you normally have to scrunch and manipulate your curls to create a pattern begin using your diffuser earlier. The diffuser’s bowl-like shape and prongs aid in the formation of a spiral curl pattern creating tighter curls. The tightness of the curl depends on how close you hold the diffuser to your scalp.
Flip your head upside down. Begin diffusing at a medium-low heat, starting at the crown of your head to prevent that dreaded flat top from happening. Keep the diffuser there until your hair is dry. For even more body, massage your scalp and roots using the prongs of the diffuser. This will have a sort of teasing affect on the hair. Occasionally, check your curl pattern to ensure your curls are not too tight or too loose. Adjust the diffuser accordingly. Keep in mind, diffusing can take some practice. There are still days when I don't do it right so be patient and give yourself a chance to really master the technique.

Shanti's hair after her first try at diffusing

my best diffusing day

Below is a video for how I diffuse. I usually bend my head over completely to achieve more body on top but it was difficult to stay in the camera frame. You'll get the idea though.

Do any of you diffuse? What's your process?

The Best Drying Methods for Natural Hair

Step Away from the Towel
by Shelli of Hairscapades

You’ve washed, detangled and conditioned your hair, rinsing with lukewarm, cool or cold water. You step out of the shower or lift your head from the sink and reach for your bath towel. STOP!!! Put your hands in the air and step away from the towel! You see, that seemingly innocuous, standard shower necessity could destroy all your hard work!! The surface of most standard bath towels disrupts the cuticle layer, separates the natural “clumping” of curls and contributes to frizz. However, there are several options out there for absorbing excess moisture from the hair that reduce/eliminate the drippies without robbing the hair of too much moisture or roughing up its surface.

We’ll start with the “high end” options and work our way towards the items that are probably already in your house … so, you know, “free!!”

First up are the Hotheads Hand Dry Hair Towel and Hand Dry Hair Gloves, both around $25. In this post, CurlyNikki listed the Hair Gloves as one of her top five styling tools for “blotting excess moisture prior to applying styling conditioner.”

Next up are the Curls Like Us Curl Cloths pictured far above. These handy, dandy little towels come in a two pack for $24. I actually own a set and have been using them for about a year now with much success. They do what they are supposed to do, are nicely absorbent and the two pack means that you can throw one in the wash and have another ready to go

Another option is the Aquis Mimi’s Diva Dryer Hair Towel, which runs for $11-13. This is a microfiber towel that claims to be super-absorbent and dry “hair in half the time, so there’s less blow-drying and fewer split ends.” Now, I have no experience with this towel. However, I’ve always been leery of microfiber as it looks like velcro to natural hair. So, this is a product about which I’d love to hear your experiences. Curlmart doesn’t have any reviews of the product, but Amazon has 28 here. You’ll have to be the judge on this one!

The DevaCurl Deva Towel is another microfiber option that costs about $12 online. It seems to have a lower pile than other versions. Now, y’all know I swear by DevaCare No Poo and DevaCare One Conditioner has been one of my staples for years. However, as many of us know, you may love one thing in a line and hate another. With that being said, the reviews I see on this towel are mixed. Some love it, but find it overpriced online (seems you might be able to find it on the ground for cheaper). Others didn’t like it at all and found it no different from any other microfiber towel. However, regardless of whether they liked it or not, most reviewers indicated that it was too small and would be better in a larger size. However, it is an option, so I wanted to list it. Someone may be looking for a nice, convenient, travel size microfiber towel!! *lol*

Now, although some of the options above are great, there are also a couple of lower cost alternatives that are just as effective.

Though not as pretty, the smooth surface of an old, cotton T-shirt was the inspiration behind Curl Cloths. So, just grab a nicely worn tee (preferably free of heavy, excessive screen print or adornment) and blot away. And, if you want the shape of the Curl Cloths, simply cut off the top portion of the T-shirt to remove the neck and sleeves as demonstrated below. (This is also a nice back-up option when both of your curl clothes are in the laundry! I know from experience! LOL!)

Last, but not least, some good old-fashioned paper towels will always get the job done!!! Of course, you may go through an entire roll if your hair is very wet and you have a lot of it! Now that I think about it, in the long run, this option could be more expensive than any of the above, reusable tools!! Regardless, they work in a pinch!! But, you’ll want to make certain that you are using lint-free towels! A head full of white lint would not be the look ;).

Finally, whatever option you choose, remember to blot and squeeze your hair to absorb excess moisture. Never scrub or rub.


How do you “dry” your hair damp? We’d love to hear your experiences with any of the above tools or recommendations for others!

How to Diffuse Your Natural Hair

Susonnah of NaturallyCurly writes;

If you have curly hair, you have probably come into contact with a diffuser. Curly girls are familiar with it: it’s that funky, funnel-shaped device that looks like it should be in your mechanic’s garage rather than with your beauty appliances. But for as long as diffusers have been around, so have questions surrounding them. If you can’t get the hang of using a diffuser, read on for a stylist’s advice that will have you styling like a pro in no time. If you have never used a diffuser, check out Curly Suzy’s article for step-by-step instructions about how to use a diffuser. If you have questions in need of clearing up, Cindy Herrera, stylist and curl specialist at Ystylo Cindy Salon has the answers right here.

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