If you’ve got curly hair, there’s an incredibly high chance your curls have been kissed by a diffuser before. And if not, well, please enjoy this complimentary hug, because your poor curls have clearly been wronged in the past. As a refresher, hair diffusers are bowl-shaped attachments that disperse the flow of air from your blow-dryer, helping to dry your curls more evenly and gently, while preventing frizz, encouraging definition, and creating major volume. Magical, right?
But, not all diffusers are created equal, and some are, um, a little bit more effective than others. So to help you parse through the zillions of options on the market, I handpicked the nine best diffusers for curly hair of all time. Keep reading to find your hair’s new BFF, along with how to diffuse your curly hair, below.
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Best Diffuser for All Curly Hair
DevaCurl DevaFuser Attachment
Don’t be thrown but this absolutely wacky-looking diffuser—it’s basically a holy-grail tool in curly-hair communities. The slime-green “claw” streams air from all sides of its branches, helping you dry your curls with significantly less frizz or heat damage. Rather than piling your hair in a classic diffuser cup, just slide this DevaCurl diffuser along your roots and hang out while it dries your curls.
Best Customizable Diffuser for Curly Hair
Segbeauty Hair Diffuser for Curly Hair
This baby is mega and sturdy, which is exactly what you want when you’re dealing with curly hair (flimsy diffusers that pop off in the middle of a drying session? I think TF not). It has an ultra-deep and wide bowl and medium-length prongs, making it perfect for any curl length. But the coolest (really) part? Its air flow is customizable. Just twist the attachment to the left or right for a stronger or weaker blast of air, which can help you control how your wet hair will dry and form.
Best Travel Diffuser for Curly Hair
KingKam Collapsible Silicone Hair Dryer Diffuser
The most annoying thing about a hair diffuser IMO is how much freaking room they take up in your drawers or luggage. They’re just…bulky. Which is what makes this collapsible silicone diffuser so cool: It shrinks down to more than half its size and is pretty squishy and compact, so you really can fit it anywhere. Note: The prongs are pretty short, though, so this diffuser is best for fine and/or short curls.
Best Diffuser for Thick Curly Hair
Xtava Black Orchid Large Hair Diffuser
See those super-long prongs? They’re a godsend for anyone with thick, long hair, or anyone with tight, low-porosity curls, since they can easily reach your scalp without smashing the rest of your hair flat against your head. This curly hair diffuser will fit any blow dryer with a 1.8 inch diameter, so make sure to Google your hair dryer model to check its diameter before buying.
Best Cheap Diffuser for Curly Hair
Conair Volumizing Diffuser
10 dollars?! TEN. DOLLARS?! Yes, this diffuser attachment is really that cheap, and if you think that’d mean cheap in quality, too, you’d be wrong: It’s one of the most popular diffusers for curly hair on Amazon, and it fits most hair dryers (and all Conair dryers). Just lift and plop sections of your damp curls into the bowl and diffuse away.
Best Diffuser for Long Curly Hair
BestTrendy Professional Universal Hair Diffuser
This diffuser for curly hair is bomb: It’s pretty cheap ($19 ain’t bad for something with 165 positive reviews), has a deep bowl for gathering your long curls in one bunch, and fits on the majority of common blow dryers, thanks to its silicone padded opening, which locks around the nozzle of your dryer without scratching it.
Best Curly Hair Diffuser for Drybar Lovers
Drybar The Bouncer Diffuser
Though this diffuser is technically designed for Drybar’s iconic Buttercup blow dryer, it can actually fit any blow dryer that has a nozzle diameter of two inches (a common nozzle size). Its staggered prongs also make it easy to catch and dry curls of any length without them slipping. Pro tip: Gather a clump of your damp curls with your hand and gently place the entire bundle on top of the bowl—rather than mashing the diffuser to your head—to help define your pattern.
Best Universal Diffuser for Curly Hair
Hairizone Universal Hair Diffuser
This universal hair diffuser fits on virtually all blow dryers (unless you’ve got some wonky dryer whose nozzle is smaller than 1.7 inches or wider than 2.6 inches, but, like, why?), so you won’t need to buy a new blow-dryer just for the attachment option. If you’re into ~aesthetics~, it comes in six different pastel and vibrant colors, and, most importantly, has a wide bowl to scoop up and dry even super-long curls.
Best Curly Hair Diffuser for Dyson Enthusiasts
Dyson Supersonic Diffuser
If you don’t already have a Dyson hair dryer, I suggest immediately adding it to all of your holiday/birthday wish lists right now (I mean, it’s got almost 13,000 positive reviews, so, like, come on). And if you’re already in possession of one, pick up the Supersonic Diffuser, which helps gently dry even super-thick curls with a steady stream of air to reduce frizz and drying time.
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