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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