Young woman sitting on chair styling her curly hair with hairdryer with special diffuser nozzle.
5 Alternatives For When You Don't Have A Hair Diffuser On Hand
The Plopping Technique
This heat-free technique involves wrapping your hair in a microfiber towel. A cotton cloth like a T-shirt could also work, but avoid regular towels, as their texture is too rough.
After applying styling products, lay the microfiber towel on a flat surface and “plop” your curls in the middle. Wrap your hair without twisting and let it dry naturally.
Overnight braiding is best done by parting your hair down the middle and braiding it into pigtails right before bed. If you want tighter curls or have more hair, try boxer braids.
This technique works on wet and dry hair, although dampening your hair beforehand will result in tighter curls that last longer and have a more defined curl pattern.
The Strainer Method
To try this unorthodox method, put your hair in a pasta strainer, sieve, or sift before drying it with a regular hair dryer. This is easiest when you flip your hair upside down.
Make sure to use the lowest heat setting on your dryer and, if possible, put heat protectant in your hair. This will prevent some (if not all) of the heat damage.