When opening a brand new professional hair dryer, you might be wondering what all those funky looking attachments that come with it are. Instead of leaving them to collect dust in the box, they have very different, useful functions that you should take advantage of when drying your hair. This guide will explain what the three most common attachments (the concentrator, the diffuser, and the pick) do, who they’re for and how to use them.
The purpose of a concentrator is to focus the airflow on a specific part of your head. This attachment comes standard on most professional hair tools. This gives you more control and direction while you style to create the perfect look you desire. The concentrator is typically used for people who want a smooth, straight style. It can even be used to turn very curly hair into a straight ‘do. Blow dry your hair with the concentrator attachment using a round brush, and then finish by quickly going over it with a flat iron. A trick when using this attachment to make your straight tresses shiny is to direct the flow of the nozzle from the roots to the ends. For a straight look, with less damage then flat ironing every day, the concentrator is your best bet.
A diffuser is the perfect tool for people with curly or wavy hair. This attachment is used to help dry curls, without straightening them for waves full out bounce and shine. The prongs on the diffuser are used to lift the hair, creating shaped, voluminous styles. Start at the roots and use circular motions to help shape curls, as well as dry them. Flip your head over and use the same motions to create extra lift. Then scoop the ends of your hair up in the diffuser towards your roots (similar to scrunching) and hold for fifteen seconds. Do this all over and you’ll have the most desirable, frizz-free curls! The diffuser works by softening a blow dryer’s air flow and distributing heat evenly and more gently.
The best results are when the diffuser is used with lower heat and force, so never go above a medium setting. But, avoid blow-drying your hair until it is completely dry. By leaving it slightly damp to air dry, your hair will retain some hydration. This helps to keep curls intact, and helps tame frizz.
Picks come in all different shapes and sizes, and, like hair picks, the pick dryer attachment is used to create volume and lift. But, it can also be used to help straighten curly hair. The pick attachment allows you to comb your hair while you’re drying. This helps straighten locks while preventing snarls, for a quicker drying experience. Go over the results with a flatiron and you’ve turned your head of curls into a straight, yet voluminous, look. A pick allows for more styling control, allowing you to add just a little bit of volume or straighten your whole head of hair. People with shorter hair should use a shorter pick, while people with longer hair should use one that’s a little longer.
Thanks to Sarah for writing this article for Misikko!