Month three of my healthy hair journey is when I started seeing personably favorable results in my curls. It was a full month of playing with the diffuser to maximize on volume and to see if my curls shaped differently compared to letting it air dry. I was mostly encouraged to merge on this path because I wanted my hair looking its best for a wedding I was attending (see what I wore to the wedding). Keep reading below to find out what I learned from a month full of diffusing!
Hot air versus warm air
For the first two weeks, I diffused my hair with hot air. Yes, it dried my hair faster, but utilizing high heat wasn’t entirely necessary at all unless I was in a rush. Despite the ability to dry my hair faster, I actually didn’t see the best results utilizing hot air compared to when I decided to diffuse with warm air. Not only is warm air safer on the hair compared to hot air, but this seemed to be the sweet spot for achieving better curls.
What I haven’t fully tried is diffusing my hair with cold air which some curly enthusiasts swear by. Since the weather is currently cold, I’ll be saving this experiment for summer.
Flipping hair upside down versus on the side
On the first day that I tried diffusing my hair, I had flipped my hair upside down and got waves at most. I was utterly disappointed at the lack of curls so on the second trial, I diffused with my hair hanging to the side. Doing so generated better curly results! Once my hair is about 80% dry, I then flip my hair upside down and finish drying in this position to add the extra volume to my roots.
When diffusing with mousse, I’m finding that I tend to get waves in the shape of my strands, but I do see a lot of movable volume and fullness in my hair. It’s lovable and fun, but because my goal is to achieve curlier hair, I haven’t been fully satisfied with what mousse can do for me personally. I do find that utilizing the same mousse product as a next-day curl refresher will generate better spirals compared to wash day or day one hair.
To see more of my mousse results, check out my month two post.
Mousse products I experimented with: SheaMoisture ‘Fruit Fusion Coconut Water’ Weightless Styling Mousse & Sunny Isle ‘Jamaican Black Castor Oil’ Mousse
Interestingly, I saw an even balance of curl definition and volume when I diffused my hair with cream, but my hair became incredibly flat and lackluster the next day! I had only tried diffusing with cream once and because of the failed attempt, I haven’t given it a second chance. With better mastery today, I’m curious to retry this methodology before coming to a conclusion on the effectiveness of diffusing my hair with creams.
Cream product I experimented with: Miss Jessie’s ‘Multicultural Curls’ Cream
Literally on the day before the wedding mentioned earlier in my post, I FINALLY achieved the results I wanted and started seeing better spirals and clumping of curls. It turned out that not only would gel have the most hold on my hair from diffusing, but my hair continually became curlier during next-day curl refreshing when utilizing gel!
Gel products I experimented with: Kinky Curly ‘Spiral Spritz’ Serum, Tigi Bed head Control Freak Frizz Control & Straightener Serum, & Miss Jessie’s ‘Jelly Soft Curls’ Gel