Nowadays there are salons that only cut curly locks, which suggests dealing with texture is a separate skill. It’s not. It just requires a refined approach. When styling, for example, it’s better to dry with a diffuser than a blow-dryer because blowing curly hair all about is likely to break the curls and create frizz; a diffuser on the other hand, dries with heat but no air, which helps curls expand and form beautifully. Learn more about diffusing in the notes. 

1. A diffuser is a simple $20-30 attachment you can clip onto your blow dryer; it’s a great tool for encouraging curl. Simply, the air of a blow dryer blows curly hair around too much and disturbs the curl formation. With a diffuser you just get lots of curl expansion,  especially when aided by product.

2. Start by applying product to damp, towel-dried hair. If you have a loose curl formation, more wavy than curly, use curl enhancer to add shapely spring. If you have unruly curls, use curl control to tame frizz, add polish and sheen. And if you have really, really curly hair that requires hold and definition, use curl definer. Whatever your curl type, remember to use a wide-tooth comb to comb product through for even distribution.

3. Now, simply attach and use your diffuser. You want to try and get to your roots first because ends are finer hair strands, drying much faster as a consequence. If you dry the ends first and then try to get at your roots you’ll end up over-drying your ends. Hang your head over, letting your hair fall downwards to the floor, and place the diffuser as close to the roots as possible, remembering to gently rotate around your head. Never hold your diffuser still. This will give too much heat in one place. Rotate and move, up and down, left and right.

4. Once dry, shake hair, ruffle roots, and enjoy soft and flouncy, beautiful curls.

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