I remember the first time I saw a hair diffuser. I spent hours watching who knows how many YouTube videos in hopes of perfecting my naturally curly hair routine. Time after time, I saw women using this funky-looking attachment, known as a diffuser, on their blow dryer, and the end result was, well, flawless. Every curl was bouncy, perfectly placed, and really defined. So, I decided to pick one up for myself, and I've never looked back.

Diffusers are one of those hair tools that you either know and love or you're totally clueless about what it is or how to use it. Let's put an end to the guessing game and answer the question at hand: How do you use a diffuser? With the help of two celebrity hairstylists, we're answering all your diffuser questions once and for all.

What is a diffuser?

A diffuser is a blow dryer attachment with a large round base and large rounded spikes or prongs. Some bases are flat, and some are cone-shaped, but no matter the shape, the point of the attachment is to efficiently dry textured hair without causing frizz. According to celebrity hairstylist Nate Rosenkranz, a diffuser is all about the airflow. "A diffuser slows and distributes the airflow coming from within the dryer," he says. "It works to gently dry the hair without disrupting the curl pattern, which is typically highly susceptible to frizz." If you have wavy or curly strands, you know the struggle.

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