How to use a volumizing finger diffuser

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How to use a volumizing finger diffuser
Add volume by using a finger diffuser and flipping your hair over. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

Finger diffusers are attachments for hair dryers. The diffuser typically snaps onto the nozzle of your hair dryer. Volumizing finger diffusers distribute heat evenly throughout your hair without overdrying it. Finger diffusers are ideal for fine, dyed, permed or curly hair because they gently add volume to the hair without damaging it. The diffuser's little "fingers" or rods on the end of the attachment add the extra volume.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Styling product

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  1. 1

    Apply a styling product to your hair when it is wet. Mousse and gel are both good styling products to use with a finger diffuser and work to help your hairstyle set and create volume.

  2. 2

    Snap the finger diffuser onto your hair dryer. Turn your hair dryer onto its lowest speed. Start by drying your hair at the roots. While holding the hair dryer a few inches away from your roots, move the dryer and diffuser in small circles over your roots. Depending on your hair's thickness, keep drying your roots for a few minutes. Do not dry your roots completely.

  3. 3

    Bend over at the waist and flip your hair over the top of your head. Finish drying your roots using the small, circular motions.

  4. 4

    Continue making the circular motions with the hair dryer as you move from the roots to the ends of your hair until your hair is dry. Then, flip your hair back over.

  5. 5

    Switch the hair dryer to the cool setting and blow the cool air all over your hair for approximately 30 seconds. This adds shine and sets your style.

Tips and warnings

  • For additional volume, you can also use your hands to scrunch hair upwards from the ends to the roots while diffusing a section of hair. The scrunching action is similar to crumpling paper.

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