Using a hairdryer is fairly simple and can help you achieve various different styles, but knowing the correct way to use a hair dryer to achieve the maximum potential of your hair may not be as easy. Many people actually disregard the different types of nozzles that you find and only stick to the common dryers without nozzles which is the simplest to use. Knowing how to use the different types of nozzles can enhance your styling skill greatly and transform your hairdo’s forever. Now let’s get familiar with them all.
1. Concentrator Nozzle
This kind of nozzle is the simplest to understand because all it does it create a smaller vent for the air to flow out of so that you can easily concentrate the heat to specific areas on your head. Unlike dryers without nozzles that emit heat all over the place. This technique can allow you to use a round brush and dry your hair straight and makes it easier to straighten small parts of your hair like your fringe. After placing the nozzle on the dryer, aim it at your preferred section of hair from a few inches away. This is also remarkable for getting lifted roots by using a round brush and targeting your roots.
2. Diffuser attachment
If you’re a curly-haired girl then this attachment will change will your life. Unlike the concentrator nozzle, this is a wider vent and levels out the air flow it emits making it less harsh on your hair. Simply press the attachment against your head and watch your curls dry up while still maintaining a neat form. It’s very difficult to maintain curls because air drying may ruin the shape and make your hair frizzy. But this attachment will keep your curls locked and bouncy just the way you like it.
3. The Pick Attachment
These are very convenient because they act as a comb while drying the hair so you can more easily detangle your hair while drying, resulting in smoother, mess-free hair. Merely run the ends through your hair, section by section, until completion. This is also helpful in creating volume because you can use the toothy ends to lift your roots slightly while letting the heat shape the roots of the strands. Undoubtedly a very easy way to get a quick lift.
4. Dryer Bonnet
A bonnet attachment is your key to an at-home blow-out look. This is an ionic cap-like item that you place over your head with a tube attachment that connects to the dryer. This distributes heat more evenly all over your head and because of its dome-like shape, it captures moisture into your hair. You can rest assured that this will not cause any frizz and will make your hair bouncier and more vibrant. This method is ideal for setting rollers and braids and allows for chemical treatments to process faster. The best part about this is you can have a hands-free styling session.
All of these attachments are best used after applying some heat protectant because even the slightest bit of heat must be protected against your hair to minimize damage. Ideally, blow drying is best done when your hair is damp, not soaking wet, and always be sure to not over-heat your hair. Another quick tip for you is that after drying your hair with any kind of attachment, give your hair a quick blast of cool air to help the style set longer. Hope this helped all you fashionista women out there.
- Jaime Richards, Attachment Theory: Blow-Dryer Nozzles Explained, March 12, 2010