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  • How to Perfectly Diffuse Curly Hair

  • Posted by Kristen on February 1, 2010 at 03:47PM
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  • I'm going to try a little social experiment. Raise your hand if you have curly hair. Ok, got it. Now, raise your hand if your hair is curly right this very moment.

  • Aha! Just as I thought.

  • The thing with us curly girls is that most of the time we don't know how to manage our ringlets, so we either wrestle them into submission or -- I'm just guessing here since I personally never, ever, do this -- just yank 'em back into a pony tail and go about our day.

  • But the time has to come to embrace our God given strands and to learn to rock a totally hot, curly look … with a little help from a friend.

  • Meet the diffuser. You might know it as the thing that came with your blow dryer that's been sitting under your sink, but it's a crucial tool.

  • A diffuser works by changing your dryer's airflow from a direct stream to a more, yeah, diffused wide circle of air that helps to minimize frizz and keep curls from getting blown out of shape.

  • To understand how to best employ this wondrous attachment we went to curl guru, Ouidad. A world-renowned curl expert and mastermind of a line of curly-only products and salons, she walked us through each crucial step involved in achieving the perfect curly head.

  • Psst. You straighties can try these steps too -- guys love big, sexy hair. Just sayin' …

  • Step 1: Apply Leave-In Conditioner

  • Once you've washed and conditioned, Ouidad recommends using a spray leave-in conditioner the minute you step out of the shower. Find out why and see which specific products to try here.

  • Step 2: Use the "Rake and Shake" Method

  • Ouidad's signature method for applying product has been copycatted the world over. It's a little time consuming and requires patience and self restraint, but is well worth it. You basically divide your head into five sections and, proceeding one at a time, rake product through with your fingers. Click here to learn the rest of the method and get product recommendations.

  • Step 3: Add Volume

  • Before you begin blow drying, place duckbill clips at an angle into the roots of your hair so they gently lift the top section -- this will keep it from laying flat. See what else to do before you turn on the dryer.

  • Learn the rest of the steps and collect your "I know how to properly diffuse my hair" certificate -- here.

  • Don't have a diffuser? Peruse this list of top-rated ones.

  • See pretty photos of your fave celebs rocking curly hairstyles.

  • Find out, once and for all, what the best products for curly hair are!

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