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How to use a hair dryer with diffuser? Master art of the diffuser like a pro

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So, you just opened up your brand-new hair dryer and it came with a curious-looking attachment. It's roundish, and pokey, and looks like a spikey cup. Just what is this used for? Well, my friend, you've come to the right place. A diffuser nozzle is your newest beauty buddy if you're aiming for defined and voluminous curls or waves for your next glamorous night out.

Usually, when you use a hair dryer, it fires off a concentrated airflow, which is great for drying your hair quickly, but treats your curls the same way the big bad wolf treats hastily built homes. Attaching a diffuser spreads the airflow out, making it gentle on your curls, and the prongs help to keep the curls separated for even more definition. 

Sound like something you need to add to your hair-styling arsenal? Read on as we'll be going over some quick tips, a guide on how to use a hair dryer diffuser, and an overview of different diffusers on the market today! Time to say goodbye to those frizzy ripples and give your mane the majestic waves it deserves!

How to use a hair dryer and diffuser: 4 steps

Ready to show off your perfect curls? Our 4-step guide to using a hair dryer with a diffuser is here to elevate your styling game. Let's see the magic of product application, the art of diffusing from roots to ends, and the finishing touch with hair oil.

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Start by washing and conditioning your hair

You need to hydrate shampoos and conditioners moisturize your hair down to the roots and ensure that it is ready for its styling adventure. You can towel dry your hair to squeeze out the moisture from your hair, but you can also use a T-shirt or microfiber towel as the smoother texture will protect your hair from breakage.

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Product is an important step toward getting the perfect curls

It's not 100% necessary, but using some type of hair care product can help moisturize your hair and clump it up to make it easier to style. Leave-in conditioners or curl-defining creams moisten your hair and prevent frizz.

If you're looking for more defined curls, you may want to use lightweight products like mousse to not weigh down your hair. Apply the products using a wide-tooth comb to detangle knots while encouraging volume and separation. You may also want to use a thermal protectant spray to protect your hair from excess heat.

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Now let's get to the fun part! Dry from your roots

Start drying from your roots and work your way down. Move the diffuser in a 360-degree motion, making sure to hit all the points on your head. Then, when moving on to the next section, you have a few options.

Diffuser cupping

Starting from the ends of your hair, use the diffuser to gently push the hair up, scrunching it for your curls. If you want more volume, you can flip your hair over your head and diffuse it that way.

Diffuser cupping

Hand scrunching

Pixie diffuse your hair (important: remember not to set the heat too high!) and use your hand to scrunch your hair as you dry. Remember to hold the hair dryer facing down or toward your hair while you make the curls.

Hand scrunching

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Apply hair oil and scrunch your hair

Once you have your curls where you want them, you can apply hair oil and scrunch your hair to break up the gel cast left behind by the hair products to really make your hair gleam. Once you're finished, don't touch it too much to avoid frizz and enjoy the beautiful new ‘do and the beautiful new you!

Tips for diffuser you should learn

We're going to list some tips for you in this part. There's no one-size-fits-all method for those perfect curls. We're all different, so play around and find your groove. So how you hold that dryer matters – are you a hover or pixie diffuse kind of friend? Let's make those curls pop!

1. Don't use the highest temperature setting

Setting it too hot will dry out your hair, making it frizzy, and also means that you won't be able to use your hand to scrunch up your hair – unless you like getting toasted! Understand the harm that heat can do to your hair and scalp.

2. Don't use the highest airspeed

Drying your hair too fast can leave you with frizz and reduce the amount of time you have to make those curls and waves sing.

3. There are several methods out there to make the perfect curls

Create perfect curls using methods such as diffusing, curling irons or wands, twist braids, or flexi rods. We will detail a few of them in this guide, but, as everyone's hair is different, you should experiment to find the one that works the best for you. 

4. How are you holding your hair dryer?

A hover diffuse is holding the diffuser about 6 inches away from your head for even heating, but it requires another method for getting those curls done. A pixie diffuse is holding the diffuser right next to your head, which helps in styling and scrunching and encourages volume and a tighter curl pattern. 

Best diffuser recommended

As one of the most popular and portable attachments for Laifen hairdryers, our diffuser is necessary for your hairstyling routine. For curly or wavy hair, our diffuser will make it more efficient to section and blow out your hair.

More importantly, if you buy Laifen Swift Special, you will find it already included in the box, meaning you don't need to purchase it separately. But Swift has no diffuser attachment prepared in the box, so you need to buy it separately.

Laifen Swift Special hair dryer comes with a diffuser nozzle

To be honest, you don't need to learn how to use it from videos or guides. All you need to do is attach the diffuser to Laifen, then begin to section your curls and blow out with a suitable temperature. However, if you want to know how to use the diffuser, there are videos and tutorials shared in many places, including our blogs and YouTube channel.

Why choose it:

  • Versatile for curly, wavy, fine, and frizzy hair types

  • Effortless magnetic snap-on attachment for seamless styling

  • Cutting-edge design for added volume, bounce, and Laifen shine

  • Portable, high-quality and lightweight

  • Laifen Swift Special comes with a diffuser by default

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That's all we have for today! You can find award-winning blow dryer and diffuser above. We hope this has been a valuable look at this indispensable accessory and that this guide helps you create that fresh jaw-dropping new look that you've been looking for.

Let us know in the comments below how this guide worked out for you, and be sure to share any tips and tricks of your own on how you take your hair game to the next level! 


    Ever wondered about hair diffusers? Let's break it down. Perfect for those curls or waves, they're your styling sidekick. Straight hair? Sure, but results vary. Wet or dry? Preferably wet, but not too much. Short hair? Absolutely! Ready for some hair wisdom? Let's dive into these FAQs

    Q1: Who needs a diffuser?

    Hair diffusers are most beneficial for those with curly or wavy hair. They assist in adding definition to hair and provide an even airflow that doesn't blow curls away.

    Q2: Can a diffuser be used on straight hair?

    Diffusers can be used on straight hair to create marvelous curls, although results may vary. They can aid in sectioning your hair and using them on straight hair can be both amusing and interesting. As you may know, a diffuser is a product with multiple holes designed to blow out air horizontally and averagely.

    Q3: Is it better to use a diffuser on wet or dry hair?

    Using a diffuser is generally better when done on wet hair, but ensure your hair is not too wet, otherwise, drying time may increase dramatically. Try towel-drying your hair before you start styling!

    Q4: Can a diffuser be used on short hair?

    Yes! A hair dryer with diffuser can be used with any length of hair, although some diffusing techniques may not work the same way as on longer hair.

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