Five Reasons Why Everyone with Straight Hair Should Use a Diffuser
I always find a way of longing for things that I don't have - and my hair is no exception to the rule. Naturally, it's straight and sleek with a healthy shine, pretty much the complete opposite of what I'm after. I love hair to have natural texture, wave and movement. Using a diffuser is the only way that I've ever managed to eek out my hair's natural wave without the need for heat. Pair with a good quality sea salt spray (Bumble & bumble's Surf Spray is still my favourite) and it's possible to achieve something that slightly resembles 'french girl hair' with minimal styling time.
Ever since ditching the styling mousse after my most recent trip to the hairdressers, I've been eagerly trying out new ways to achieve height and volume. Using a diffuser on straight hair naturally scrunches everything towards the roots, in turn encouraging some extra lift. Because the hair has dried that way I don't find the volume to drop as quickly as with other methods, but you could always set with hairspray just to be sure.
My hair has never gotten along with the hairdryer in the past, perhaps because I'm too lazy to take any real care. Cue ten minutes of frantic head flipping under direct heat - great for volume, not so great for frizz. Using a diffuser manages to give my hair shape and bounce without blowing it in different directions and seems to give a much smoother look in the end, especially when finished with a little bit of coconut oil.
Using a diffuser wont prevent hair damage - it is attached to a hairdryer, after all. Still, it shouldn't cause as much damage as directing the same amount of heat to a smaller area. Diffusers disperse the heat across a larger section of hair and are unlikely to suck out moisture as much as a traditional dryer nozzle will.
Time & effort
Contrary to what you might expect, using a diffuser can actually make drying a much more pleasurable experience. I have fine hair, but there's a lot of it - meaning that I've always been one of those people who resists washing and drying my hair for as long as possible. Using a diffuser definitely took some practise, but now that I'm used to it I pretty much have the method down. Getting through my hair takes less time and I'm finding it much easier to get even results all around, without missing that hard to reach spot at the back of the head.