After years of pin-straight hair being the style du jour, curly hair is having a moment. But if your natural curls, waves and coils can be unpredictable and prone to frizz, using the right blow dryer with diffuser attachment is key to achieving soft, bouncy hair.

Curly hair experts have discovered that diffusing wavy and curly hair helps to tame frizz, enhance shape and definition, reduce heat damage, and add volume to your hair. “With the proper use of a hair diffuser, you can achieve more of the look and feel of a naturally-curly, beachy wave or fuller, more voluptuous curls,” says stylist Paola Torres from Westfield, New Jersey’s Utopia Hair and Day Spa.

A diffuser is also ideal for anyone with kinky, curly, or textured hair to dry curl, enhance stretch, and reduce shrinkage. “The more kinky or textured your hair is, the more it needs to be dried gently with a diffuser,” says Gregory Patterson, celebrity hairstylist and DIY expert for Sally Beauty.

To get the most out of your diffuser, start by washing and conditioning your hair with your favorite shampoo and conditioner. Then, liberally spritz your hair with a heat protecting spray to create a barrier between your strands and the hot drying heat of the hair dryer.

Next, place the diffuser over your head and begin by diffusing the roots to mid-section of your hair first. Then, continue to work your way down the hair shaft, applying the diffuser in a circular motion to ensure even drying. Once your strands are fully dry, you can apply any finishing products such as a smoothing serum or hairspray. hair dryer with diffuser