“Do your curls do that all on their own?!” a woman recently asked me, cocking her head in curiosity while examining my shaggy mane of ringlets. Whenever I’m asked this, or something of this nature, my answer in simplest terms is yes. (It’s genetic. I have the best hairstylist ever. I give my hair lots of TLC…)
But I always make a point of mentioning that if my curls are looking extra springy, extra voluminous, or just plain extra on a particular day it’s because I’ve diffused. And not just with any hair dryer, but the holy grail: The Dyson Supersonic with its heaven-sent diffuser attachment. The instant cult-classic tool is already the stuff of legend among spiral-maned individuals in the know—and I’ve made it my mission to share it with those who have yet to be indoctrinated.
As someone who has spent many years as a beauty editor, and logged countless hours reporting backstage during fashion month, I can confidently say there is no diffuser more praised and beloved by the pros, especially in catering to textured hair of all shapes, sizes, and densities. The Supersonic is a true wonder on every front, but beyond being quiet, lightweight, and elegantly streamlined as a whole, it’s the airflow/heat settings that are the ultimate game-changer. Unlike most (if not all) other hair dryers, the Supersonic has three different airflow and heat settings that allow for a totally customized experience. This is important for a variety of reasons. For one, curly hair is more fragile and delicate by nature, which means that you want to be as sparing as possible when it comes to heat and avoid rough handling at all cost. Instead of defaulting to 0 to 60 as most dryers do, you can (as I do), stay happily in the low to medium heat and air range with optimal results while ensuring your hair stays healthy, even with daily use. “Less is always more,” stresses celebrity hairstylist Matthew Collins of the beauty of the Supersonic’s gently robust results. “Less heat, less movement, and a less powerful airflow setting will help protect the integrity of the shape.”