How to blow-dry curly hair using a diffuser

Hi curlies! I’m sorry for not posting this long, I’ve been working on different things, amongst them a new video on how to blow-dry curly hair using a diffuser. In it, I’m sharing my drying routine to get frizz-free and voluminous curls.

I’ve already posted a photo tutorial on how to blow-dry curly hair, but I thought it’s about time to also do a short video on it!

Before linking to the video, I’d like to summarize the most important issues when it comes to blow-drying:

  • always use a diffuser when blow-drying curly hair
  • only turn on the blow-dryer when it directly lies on your scalp and when you’re not moving it
  • whenever you’re moving your blow-dryer: turn it off (if you don’t, you’ll end up with a lot of frizz)
  • set your blow-dryer to low air and medium to high heat (I like switching back and forth between medium and high heat)
  • do you want more volume? Try blow-drying your curls until they’re 100% dry

If you’re still not sure, whether you should give blow-drying a try, read the blog post I wrote about the difference between air- and blow-drying.

And finally, my YouTube video on diffusing:

24 Comments
  • Roberta Toppetta
    June 18, 2015

    I’ll give it a try. It looks like it takes you a lot to dry your hair, though. I usually don’t spend so much time drying my hair – perhaps that’s why they’re frizzy.

    • Sandra
      June 18, 2015

      All in all it takes me about half an hour to plop and then blow-dry my curls!

  • Roberta Toppetta
    June 18, 2015

    For me, it’s a lot. Having a 9-months-old baby boy, I only have a few minutes left for me. But I’ll do my best to give it a try. 🙂

  • rajani
    June 30, 2015

    smile 🙂

    ur video helped me a ton …… last week i hv used diffuser to dry my hair … quite hpy i didnt c any frizz bt i was nt hpy with da volume …. i imagined more voluminous hair i guess.. plz try to share a complete video starting from applying products to diffusing dem .. lv to c u :*

    B hpy 🙂

  • Holly
    July 6, 2015

    Hi! This is awesome thanks 🙂 When I come out of the shower my hair is in clumps and after I plot all the curls get smushed to my head when I brush them forward. If I try to move them before I diffuse I lose all of the curl and get frizz. Do you have any suggestions to get lift at the roots while keeping the big clumps?

  • Deandra
    July 7, 2015

    This is a great video! Your blog has been a lifesaver. I’m in the market for a new blow dryer. Do you have any particular ones you would recommend?

    • Sandra
      July 8, 2015

      Hi Deandra, I actually don’t think it matters that much what kind of blow-dryer you get, just make sure it comes with a diffuser 🙂 The one I’m using is from Remington and quite old…

  • Elisa
    July 22, 2015

    Do you have some suggestion haircuts for short and curly? I would like to see some short haircuts for naturally curly hair and its shape if I get a straght blowdry.

  • Melony
    August 6, 2015

    When watching the blow drying curls with a diffuser video, I wondered how you know how and where to place the bobby pins? I assume the bobby pins are to maintain volume? I’m pretty new to letting myself be curly; a friend directed me to your site. Thank you so much! I never knew my hair could be this curly! I wouldn’t have spent decades fighting my curls.

  • Andrea
    September 5, 2015

    Hi! I just stumbled upon your website and it was basically everything i was looking for!. I always let my hair air-dry just because i’m lazy and didn’t know how to blow dry. one question i have for you is what is your shower routine? the reason i ask is because i don’t know if i should brush my hair in the shower or comb it, if i should use a t-shirt or a towel. my curls are similar to yours but i’ve been experiencing a lot of hair loss on the crown of my head and also REALLY FLAT roots. AMAZING blog would love to hear your recommendations 🙂

    • Sandra
      September 6, 2015

      Hi Andrea, thank you! I always finger-comb my curls while they’re wet and soaked with conditioner. After washing my curls, I plop with a t-shirt (you should try to avoid terry towels as they cause frizz. Take a loot at my latest video to get some more root volume: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6r5aVCv9Os0

  • Theresa
    October 21, 2015

    Hello, Curly! Wow, your hair is gorgeous!! I’ve just started to embrace my curls, and I’m currently using a coconut milk serum for repair and shine, and a thickening cream before blowdrying. I love them both, but I keep asking myself if there’s something better. What products do you use just before blowdrying? In particular, what you used in your video. If you cannot mention brand names, maybe you can use words that rhyme with them? I hope so. Thank you. 🙂

    • Sandra
      October 22, 2015

      Hi Theresa, thank you! I usually only apply the Mop Top anti-frizz medium hold gel or the Kinky Curly curling custard before I start to blow-dry my curls. Don’t worry, I can name brands, as I am not sponsored by any of them 🙂 hope this helps!

  • Layla
    November 9, 2015

    Hi, thanks for the tutorial! I have a question. When I diffuse my hair until it is fully dry, the curls look great for about an hour at most and then they lose their curl and start to frizz. My hair only seems to curl nicely when I let it air dry. Would you by any chance know why my hair loses the curls and become frizzy after I diffuse it? When I diffuse and when I air dry my hair I use the same products. I use devacurl archangel gel and occasionally I use the devacurl coconut curl cream on top of the gel.

    • Sandra
      November 12, 2015

      Hi Layla, it’s normal that your curls lose some volume after diffusing them. However they shouldn’t turn frizzy! It’s difficult to say why they’re getting frizzy. Using a leave-in might help you to prevent frizz!

  • Molly McCarthy
    April 16, 2016

    thank you so much!! my hair is always frizzy and this gave me amazing curls. I was wondering if there are any tips to help these curls stay in as mine start loosening pretty quickly- thank you again 🙂

  • Valérie
    May 16, 2017

    Hey! What kind of product do you use when you use the diffuser? (any specific brand?) Thanks a lot ! Valérie

    • Sandra
      May 19, 2017

      Hi Valérie, I actually keep switching products and brand. However I always try to stay away from sulfates and silicones as much as possible – that has really helped me to keep my curls well moisturized when diffusing!

  • Linden
    June 6, 2017

    Your curls are fantastic. I was just wondering, which dryer/diffuser do you use or recommend. I need a new one and I don’t know where to start.

  • Sara
    November 19, 2017

    I loved your video and it was helpful for a couple of tricks I wasn’t already doing with my diffusing. I was wondering, however, if you know of any tricks for helping the curls to curl BACK/AWAY from your face? I don’t have so much of a problem getting my curls defined, etc, they’re just constantly curling right INTO my face, which means I have to pin them back which I’d rather not do. I was hoping there was some miracle blowdrying trick to help with this 😛

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