A diffuser is a key hair tool for curly-haired women, as it helps prevent frizz and enhances curl definition. “When used correctly, the attachment will evenly distribute heat and slow down airflow,” says Shayna Kutcher, a stylist at Ambitious Blonde Hair Studio in Delray Beach, FL.
While there are many different types of diffusers, a standard cup- or bowl-shaped option works best for most textures. “Look for one with a deep bowl that accommodates a wide range of curl lengths, plus prongs of various sizes to help lift and define each curl,” Kutcher advises.
Those with tighter curls should opt for a diffuser with smaller holes to reduce frizz, while those with looser waves or curls will benefit from one with longer prongs. For maximum versatility, consider a diffuser that has a cool shot button for a burst of cold air that helps seal the cuticle, adds shine and makes hair appear more hydrated.
When shopping for a diffuser, it’s important to double-check that it fits your hair dryer (even those with “universal” in the name may not be compatible). To do so, hold the nozzle of your current go-to hairdryer up against the nozzle of your chosen diffuser and ensure that there are no gaps between the two nozzles.
Aside from compatibility, look for a lightweight and easy-to-hold design, as diffusing often requires moving the hair dryer around at different angles. “The last thing you want is an uncomfortable or heavy-feeling device,” Kutcher says. diffuser hair dryer