The Best Game-changing Diffusers Your Curls Will Love

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 The 13 Best Diffusers for Curly Hair of 2022

Byrdie / Chloe Jeong

For curly hair, there’s often a love/hate relationship with blowdryers. Sure, they can speed up your drying time—but the fast, hot winds can leave your curls feeling frizzy, dry, and looking less than defined. Insert diffusers: a curly girl’s hero accessory to blow dryers. These handy, bowl-shaped attachments distribute the air throughout your hair so that your curls can dry more evenly, resulting in more defined curls.

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We’re giving top honors to the DevaCurl DevaFuser because this practical and unique hand-shaped designed diffuser makes it easy to have soft, beautiful curls. (Our tester found that the DevaFuser delivered frizz-free curls.) For a budget-friendly yet effective option, KingKam’s Collapsible Silicone Hair Dryer Diffuser collapses to a convenient size for traveling.

Aeleise Ollarvia, the co-founder of Black Girl Curls, shares that “a diffuser is a great portable way to take curls from wet to dry with minimal frizz. It can also enhance volume during the drying process if desired.” 

So if you’re ready for your best wash ‘n go yet, keep reading for the best diffusers for curly hair.

Best Overall: DevaCurl DevaFuser

4.5
DevaCurl DevaFuser

Courtesy of Ulta

What We Like
  • Unique design

  • Minimizes frizz

  • Ceramic lining

What We Don't Like
  • Not compatible with all hair dryers

Who else recommends it? PureWow, Bustle, and Marie Claire all picked the DevaCurl DevaFuser.

What do buyers say? 72% of 4,000+ Amazon reviewers rated this product 4 stars or above.

You’re probably familiar with the curl innovation of DevaCurl, so it’s no surprise that the brand would have a one-of-a-kind diffuser made with curly hair in mind. The ceramic inner core preserves moisture to reduce frizz for shinier curls. Plus, the wide, hand-like head delivers 360 degrees of airflow to shorten your drying time.

DevaCurl DevaFuser

Byrdie / Bianca Lambert

What Our Testers Say

"I enjoyed using the DevaCurl DevaFuser and thought it yielded great results—it takes longer to dry hair but leaves curls frizz-free." — Bianca Lambert, Product Tester

Best Budget: KingKam Collapsible Silicone Hair Dryer Diffuser

KingKam Collapsible Silicone Hair Dryer Diffuser
What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Travel-friendly

  • Compatible with a variety of dryers

What We Don't Like
  • May collapse while using

You don’t have to break the bank to get a quality diffuser. This collapsible blowdryer attachment is ideal for travel and easy storage, funneling and softening the airflow of your hairdryer while also collapsing to a convenient size.

Best for Volume: Drybar The Bouncer Diffuser

Drybar The Bouncer Diffuser

 Courtesy of Ulta

What We Like
  • Dries bigger sections

  • Adds volume

  • Lightweight

What We Don't Like
  • Reviewers note diffuser can fall off

This convenient diffuser gets major points for its large shape that’s able to dry big sections at a time. The circular shape cups your hair to distribute heat from roots to tips for great shape and volume. It’s also surprisingly lightweight so that every wash day doesn’t also have to be an arm workout.

Best for Travel: Hot Sock The Ultralight Diffuser

Hot Sock Diffuser
What We Like
  • Lightweight

  • Travel-friendly

  • Compatible with a variety of dryers

What We Don't Like
  • Not as much control as traditional diffusers

No room for your standard diffuser in your carry-on bag? This hot sock diffuser is the next best thing. While it doesn’t feature fancy prongs, it conveniently glides over the nozzle of your blowdryer to reduce heat damage, limit frizz, and promote more defined curls.

Best Compact: Chi 1875 Series Advanced Ionic Compact Hair Dryer

Chi 175 Advanced Compact Dryer
What We Like
  • Lightweight

  • Three heat settings

  • Includes diffuser

What We Don't Like
  • Pricier than other options

When you want all of the bang of a quality hair dryer with less of the bulk, this compact ionic dryer is a great solution—and of course, it comes with a handy diffuser attachment. With three heat settings and two speed settings, you can control the amount of heat you subject your hair to while diffusing the airflow for a more precise drying experience.

Best Splurge: Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

5
Dyson

 Ulta

What We Like
  • Reduces damage

  • Unmatched styling capabilities

  • Includes diffuser

What We Don't Like
  • Pricier than other options

This Supersonic hairdryer is quite the splurge, but users who love it say it’s worth every penny. Aeleise says that this dryer “has power and heat but doesn't displace the hair even on the highest air setting. It's game-changing because the hair can dry in half of the time with minimal frizz.” Its technology takes blowdrying one step further by protecting your hair from heat damage for 75% increased smoothness and 132% decreased frizz—that’s a curly girl’s dream!

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

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Best Classic: Conair Quick Styling Salon Hair Dryer

InfinitiPro by Conair Hair Dryer

 Courtesy of Walmart

What We Like
  • Lightweight

  • Includes diffuser

  • Three heat settings

What We Don't Like
  • Noisy

There’s a reason why Conair is celebrated for making quality hair tools—they just get it right, and this classic hairdryer is no exception. The ceramic technology makes for safer drying, and you can also use the cold shot when you want to avoid heat. The diffuser also has prongs with multiple lengths so it can evenly distribute air through thick hair.

Best for Frizz: Revlon Salon Infrared Hair Dryer

4.7
Revlon

Amazon

What We Like
  • Includes diffuser

  • Adds shine

  • Minimizes frizz

What We Don't Like
  • Reviewers note diffuser can fall off

This blowdryer and diffuser set was made with frizzy hair in mind. With infrared heat technology and a diffuser with widespread prongs, you reduce your risk of over-drying your hair. The results? Smoother curls and enhanced shine.

Best Adaptable: Hairizone Universal Hair Diffuser Adaptable for Blow Dryers

Hairizone Universal Hair Diffuser Adaptable for Blow Dryers
What We Like
  • Compatible with a variety of dryers

  • Minimizes frizz

  • Comes in various colors

What We Don't Like
  • Not durable; can break easily

When you buy a diffuser that doesn’t come with your blowdryer you can run the risk of it not fitting—but not with this adaptable head. With a quick squeeze, it can adjust in size to fit 90% of blow dryers on the market. Use the diffuser for a more even dry with less frizz. 

Aeleise says to avoid heat damage, “use your hand as a guide. If you can expose your hand to the airstream from the diffuser without much discomfort for the same time you would hover over a section of your hair, then it's fine. Indirect heat use is like walking down the street in central Florida in July. Hot + uncomfortable but not dangerous.”

Best for Thick Hair: CONFU Professional Hair Dryer With Diffuser

CONFU Professional Hair Dryer With Diffuser
What We Like
  • Longer prongs than other options

  • Lightweight

  • Three heat settings

What We Don't Like
  • Noisy

Having a diffuser sounds like a great curly-haired solution unless your hair is too thick for tiny prongs to penetrate. That’s why this diffuser is such a standout. It has extra-long prongs that can reach the roots of thick hair, and the convenient, lightweight dryer is ergonomic for comfortable styling.

For tighter curls, Aeleise offers her advice for maximum definition and frizz-free diffusing, “When using a diffuser on tighter curls do not put it into the hair. Hover it over the hair 4 to 6 inches like a portable hood dryer. Move it in the direction the hair grows, root to end, not end to root, to reduce the possibility of frizz. Don't put your hand in your hair either till the hair is 60% to 75% dry.”

Best Hair Tool Set: Lovppy Collapsible Silicone Hair Dryer Diffuser Set

Lovppy Collapsible Silicone Hair Dryer Diffuser Set
What We Like
  • Reduces damage

  • Includes diffuser, detangling brush, and two combs

  • Affordable

What We Don't Like
  • May collapse while using

If you’re ready to give your entire wash day styling routine an upgrade, this set of hair tools is a great place to start. It comes with a collapsible silicone diffuser, detangling brush, plus fine-tooth and wide tooth combs for reduced breakage.

Best for Loose Curls: Bed Head Curls in Check 1875 Watt Diffuser Hair Dryer

4.6
Bed Head Curls in Check 1875 Watt Diffuser Hair Dryer

Amazon

What We Like
  • Adds volume

  • Affordable

  • Three heat settings

What We Don't Like
  • Hair can get sucked into dryer

This diffuser sets itself apart from the pack for its unique design that has a large surface area—making for quick drying and faster results. The removable diffuser is evenly spaced for added definition, texture, and increased volume.

To create definition and volume in loose curls, work slowly from the ends towards your roots, gently massaging your hair in a circular motion with the diffuser's "fingers."

Best Hooded Dryer: Glow by Daye Soft Bonnet Hood Dryer Attachment

Glow by Daye Bonnet Hood Dryer Attachment
What We Like
  • Even heat distribution

  • Compatible with a variety of dryers

  • Affordable

What We Don't Like
  • Reviewers note its not comfortable to wear

Now, this isn’t exactly a diffuser, but the even distribution of the air gives you all of the benefits of a hairdryer with the convenience of an attachment. It’s great for setting roller styles or twist-outs, but it can also be used on wash-and-go styles for easy, effortless drying. Plus, the flexible material fits virtually any blowdryer.

Final Verdict

The DevaCurl DevaFuser made the top of our list for its practical design that delivers frizz-free curls every time. If you’re looking to add a budget-friendly tool to your arsenal, look no further than the KingKam Collapsible Silicone Hair Dryer Diffuser. And finally, if you’re nervous about a diffuser attachment fitting your blowdryer, the Hairizone Universal Hair Diffuser Adaptable for Blow Dryers can adjust to the blowdryer you already have.

What to Look For When Shopping for a Diffuser

Size and Shape

When you’re buying a blow dryer that already comes with a diffuser attachment, you’re in the clear. But if you are searching for an attachment, Aeleise says, “make sure the one you purchase fits securely on your preferred handled dryer. This will reduce fumbling and possible frizzing of the hair.”

Your Hair’s Thickness

Thick hair obviously needs a bit of assistance to dry quickly, so those with thick hair should choose a diffuser with longer prongs that can penetrate your curls and coils to dry your hair at the root.

FAQ
  • What are the benefits of using a diffuser for curly hair?

    A diffuser helps to control the air coming out of your hair dryer so that your curls can remain more intact and defined in regard to shape and frizz.

  • How do you use a diffuser for curly hair?

    Gently comb through your hair with a brush and dry softly with a towel after showering. Apply your styling products and a heat protectant. Then, divide your hair into sections.

    Put individual sections of your hair into the bowl-like part of the diffuser, pushing up from tip to root so that the prongs touch your scalp. From there, massage the diffuser into your hair by moving your dryer upward in a slow circular motion. Set the dryer to low heat and speed settings to prevent your hair from becoming tangled and difficult to handle. It’s best to not fully dry your hair when using a diffuser.

Why Trust Byrdie?

Byrdie contributor Kindra Moné has been creating fashion and beauty content since 2013. Whether contributing to some of the top women’s lifestyle magazines or working in-house with global brands, Kindra has collaborated with some of the industry’s most knowledgeable beauty professionals. When she isn’t writing or trying out Instagram recipes, she’s giving wellness tips and sharing fashion news on The StylingSOUL Podcast.

According to our Diversity Pledge, 15% of products in our newly-published market roundups will feature Black-owned and/or Black-founded brands. At the time of publishing, we were not able to find enough diffusers for curly hair from Black-owned and/or Black-founded businesses to meet this percentage. If you know of one we should consider, please email us at contact@byrdie.com and we will evaluate the product ASAP.

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  3. The 8 Best Diffusers for Curly Hair That Promise Zero Frizz. Marie Claire. https://www.marieclaire.com/beauty/hair/g37673286/best-diffuser-for-curly-hair/

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