If you have curly hair, you are well aware that your wet head probably won’t dry frizz-free: and the nozzle on your hair dryer could be the reason why. While the standard smoothing nozzle that comes with a hairdryer is a great option for women with naturally straighter hair, for curly haired babe, the direct heat causes frizz, or worse, ruins the shape of your beautiful waves. The time has come to say goodbye to the traditional and hello to a quality hair diffuser, so you can finally achieve the volume and curl definition you have been dreaming of.
Diffusers are plastic attachments that snap or clip onto the end of your hairdryer. Diffusers help to soften air flow, evenly dispersing it over a larger area of hair. This ensures that the air is not disrupting your wave pattern or causing breakage. There are hundreds of diffusers to choose from, so the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab narrowed down which diffuser is best for different needs and hair textures, so you can seamlessly enhance each curly strand and avoid accidentally turning your curls into limp, fuzzy waves.
1. Drybar The Bouncer Diffuser
Cup diffusers are great for piling curls into to dry without frizz. Keep your curls in line with the universal diffuser that reduces the speed of airflow, ensuring that each curly strand is gently dried. Although it is designed for Drybar’s Buttercup and Baby Buttercup hair dryers, it still fits other blow dryers with nozzles up to two inches wide.
2. Conair Prostyler Professional Finger Diffuser
This diffuser claims to dry hair up to 50% faster than conventional dryers, and the cup slides onto any hair dryer with a diameter of 2 inches (be wary that reviewers say the claims that it’s universal aren’t quite true). The fingers lift hair and help for a quick drying with less damage.
3. SegBeauty Hair Diffuser
Give your hair the attention it deserves with the Segbeauty diffuser. The diffuser has a deeper and bigger bowl which allows for a better grip on your hair, and avoids curl disturbance, and the staggered finger lengths are great for layered hair.
4. Xtava Black Orchid Large Hair Diffuser
You’ll appreciate this tool if you have ever suffered from arm cramps while drying your hair. The fingers feature drying vents, so you get simultaneous air flow at both the root and tips, expediting your hair drying and styling process.
5. DevaCurl DevaFuser
Though unique looking, this innovative hand shaped diffuser delivers 360º airflow, helping to preserve moisture and create body at the roots without disrupting the delicate curl pattern at the ends. Plus, the rubber nozzle ensures a secure fit on most dryers!
6. Y.S. Park Large Diffuser
The soft, mesh fabric produces negative ions that reduce drying time and remove static electricity, which is ideal in dry climates (or during the winter). Weighing virtually nothing, this is the perfect diffuser to pack and travel with.
7. The Curly Co. Collapsible Hair Diffuser
Diffusers are super bulky, so if you’re low on space, reviewers swear by this collapsible pick. The silicone construction is built to stretch and shrink to fit almost any hair dryer — Amazon reviewers say it fits most hotel hair dryers, making it a solid choice for travel, since it also collapses flat to fit in your drawer or bag.
8. Bio Ionic Diffuser
The longer-than-most finger extensions of this diffuser are better than your own two hands: They prevent frizz while helping to separate curls. These spokes will diffuse your hair and gently build volume at the roots, leaving your hair shiny and smooth.
9. Hairizone Universal Hair Diffuser
This crowdpleaser works great for any type of hair, and especially on a naturally wavy head. It fits nozzles ranging from 1.7 inches to 2.6 inches. One reviewer said, “it’s super easy to use, it fits both of my hair dryers and does a great job on my curls. It hasn’t fallen off once and attaches and detaches like a champ.”
10. Harry Josh Pro Dryer 2000 Diffuser
Ideal for all curly hair types, this lightweight tool is designed to facilitate even heat distribution so you can have defined, flawless curls that will be sure to turn heads. Be aware that this style only fits on the Harry Josh Pro Tools 2000 hair dryer(a favorite of our beauty editors!).
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