Curls are particularly prone to breakage in cooler weather, which is why finding the best hair diffuser for curly hair is key when temperatures drop.

When it’s warm out, we’re fans of letting the sun naturally dry our strands, leaving us with bouncy, shiny curls. But that’s not feasible when it’s below 50 degrees outside, or when we’re in a rush to get out the door. That’s why a hair diffuser is a curly girl’s best friend. “Diffusing helps to set and hold the shape of your curls, which means better curl clumps and less frizz,” says celebrity stylist and Biolage global ambassador Sunnie Brook. 

When you consider that a diffuser cuts down on drying time and gives curls insane volume, adding one to your rotation of hair tools in a no-brainer. But, as with anything, moderation is key. “Overuse of a diffuser can lead to moisture loss and frizzy curls,” cautions Brook. “To avoid this, it is important to use a heat protectant when you diffuse. My go-to is the Biolage All-in-One Coconut Infusion Multi-Benefit Spray. It works perfectly for all hair types, adds shine, and maintains hair health without weighing your curls down.”

This winter is tracking to be a cold one. If you’d rather not spend it with sopping curls, we’ve got you covered. From the chicest diffusers adding incredible lift and shine to budget-friendly options that will leave you with salon-level results, we’ve rounded up the best hair diffusers for curly hair on the market right now. Your curls will thank you.

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Bed Head Curls in Check 1875 Watt Diffuser Hair Dryer

Key selling points: If you wear your curls 365 days a year, try this diffuser hair dryer. Crafted from tourmaline, this dryer minimizes frizz with three heat settings and has adjustable speed that will leave your curls dry in no time.

What customers say: “This is the most amazing blow-dryer for people with curly or somewhat curly hair! I’ve been using this for years and I get compliments all the time on how pretty my curls are. A normal diffuser doesn’t even compare to this dryer.” —reviewer on Amazon

$34.95 at Amazon

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GHD Professional Hair Dryer Diffuser

Key selling points: GHD is known for its flatirons that leave your hair super sleek, but the brand also creates knockout tools for curls. This diffuser pairs well with both the Helios Professional Hairdryer and Air Professional Performance Hairdryer.

What customers say: “After many years, I decided to embrace my natural curls and I’m so happy that I did! I spent so much money on this blow-dryer and couldn’t find a diffuser that would fit without falling off. The description of this diffuser states that it’s for thick hair, but it works beautifully on my fine hair. My curls look beautiful!” —reviewer on Sephora

$30 at GHD

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Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000 Diffuser

Key selling points: This diffuser creates soft, voluminous curls thanks to its finger extension design that offers optimal control.

What customers say: “I had bought a couple of other diffusers before I realized that Harry Josh had one to fit my exact hair dryer. This does the job well and makes my hair look noticeably better than when I air dry. If you have the HJ dryer and curly hair, this will work well for you.” —reviewer on Dermstore

$30 at Harry Josh

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Revlon 1875 Watts Infrared Heat Hair Dryer

Key selling points: With nearly 24,000 ratings, it’s safe to say the Revlon 1875 dryer is in hot demand. Using infrared heating technology, this dryer comes with a volumizing diffuser and sectioning clips that will have you dry and out the door in no time.

What customers say: “For a while, I thought my hair was naturally frizzy but I learned that people with curly hair have frizz. A frizz is a curl waiting to happen. Anyway, on my journey of learning about how to tame my curls, or better yet, bring them out, I learned that a diffuser helps immensely. My curls are flourishing.” —reviewer on Amazon

$24 at Amazon

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Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

Key selling points: We would be remiss to round up the best diffusers on the market without shouting out the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer. Lightweight with intelligent heat control, this dryer comes with a magnetic diffuser that will dry your curls without accidental charring. 

What customers say: “Love this hair dryer. It helps keep my hair from damage and breaking off. I have had it about 9 months. No problems at all. Not sure why anyone would have a problem with it. I have naturally curly hair. I use the attachments for curls and smoothing. Very good dryer. When it breaks I will buy another.” —reviewer on Ulta

$430 at Dyson$430 at Bed Bath & Beyond

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T3 Soft Curl Diffuser

Key selling points: This T3 diffuser attachment incorporates both infrared and tourmaline elements. Infrared technology seals in moisture while tourmaline helps to prevent frizz buildup.

What customers are saying: “I have been waiting for T3 to finally make T3soft Touch Diffuser. It was well worth the wait. I have curly hair and even with this hair dryer I still can’t wear my hair straight. And when I try to air dry my hair it it looks limp and lifeless. The diffuser is fantastic. I usually can go 3 days (curly hair should be washed less often than straight as it’s so fragile) without having to wash & restyle my hair. I highly recommend this blow dryer & diffuser!” —reviewer on Amazon

$30 at Amazon

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Remington Pro Color Care Hair Dryer

Key selling points: If you’ve recently colored your curls, you’ll want to check out this Remington dryer. Equipped with a heat control sensor, you won’t have to worry about added heat damage or potentially fading your new dye job. It’s so gentle even pets adore it!

What customers are saying: “I’ve been using this dryer a little over a month now. It dries my hair so much faster than my old one. At least twice as fast if not closer to 3 times as fast. I love how shiny my hair looks after using it. I do always put in a little bit of cream to protect from heat damage. I love the add-on attachments and they work great for me. With how fast it dries I’ve been using it on the dog even. He hates being blow dried and it speeds up the process. It has a low, medium, and high setting and a cool, warm, hot setting. I am very satisfied with my new hair dryer.” —reviewer on Target

$34.99 at Target

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Remington Pro Professional Titanium Ceramic Hair Dryer

Key selling points: Another standout from Remington. For less than $30, you’ll be able to cut your drying time in half thanks to its optimized air flow and salon performance motor.

What customers are saying: “The best hair dryer for frizzy hair! I bought and returned 3 others before I finally found this one. I’ll never use anything else.” —reviewer on Target

$25.99 at Remington

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Drybar The Bouncer Diffuser

Key selling points: This diffuser works with just about any dryer and leaves your curls frizz-free and defined.

What customers are saying: “Works as a diffuser should and fits my Babyliss Nano Titanium perfectly. The teeth feel good and it gives my wavy hair more volume. I have super wavy hair underneath/back of head but the front and top layer not so much. It’s very frustrating…but this helps make my entire head wavy.” —reviewer on Ulta

$34 at Drybar

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InfinitiPRO by Conair Full Body & Shine Pro Hair Dryer

Key selling points: Impressive motor aside, this dryer features a no-slip grip to apply heat to your curls as precisely as possible, plus a removable filter so you can get rid of any lint buildup (a very important yet overlooked step for extending the life of your dryer). 

What customers are saying: “So far we are very pleased with this dryer. We were looking for a stylish dryer that had the multiple settings this one had, as well as a dryer that could dry my wife’s very long hair, and do it quicker than the one she was using. This dryer does all that. My wife also says it is comfortable to hold, which is an added bonus.” —reviewer on Bed Bath & Beyond

$30 at Conair

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DevaCurl DevaFuser Universal Diffuser for All Curl Kind

Key selling points: This supercute diffuser was carefully designed to evenly distribute heat across your curls and features an inner core that helps preserve moisture.

What customers are saying: “I love the DevaCurl Devafuser Universal Diffuser for All Curl Kind! It works to dry your hair faster and reduces frizz! The ceramic gives you silky and shiny hair! I love how my hair feels super soft! I can have that salon quality hair care right at home!” —reviewer on Ulta

$50 at DevaCurl

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InfinitiPro by Conair Lightweight Rose Gold 1875 Watt Hair Dryer

Key selling points: With six different heat and speed combinations, you can personalize drying every time. 

What customers are saying: “Finally decided to upgrade my dryer. I wish I would have gotten it sooner! It’s got quite a bit of power, and works very well for me & my daughter. I have thin hair. She has thick curls. The color is cute too!” —reviewer on Ulta

$40 at Conair

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Kristin Ess Iconic Style Professional Blow Dryer

Key selling points: A bit of a splurge, this dryer by Kristin Ess is lightweight and creates salon-level silky curls.

What customers are saying: “I bought this hair dryer to have the ionic option instead of it being automatic on my hair dryer. My hair is thin and lies very flat and lifeless when it’s dried with the ionic setting. You can turn this off on this one. I love the diffuser attachment to add body and some curl as well. This dryer is a little heavy but comparable to the other dryers on the market now. I also love the white color!” —reviewer on Target

$100 at Kristin Ess

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Eva NYC Healthy Heat Pro-Lite Dryer

Key selling points: We love a cute dryer that delivers results. This one by Eva NYC is particularly suited for curly hair owing to its built-in negative ions that smooth out the hair cuticles.

What customers are saying: “I purchased this blow dryer because the diffuser attachment I was using on my hair previously left my hair really frizzy. It felt as if my hair was just blowing all over the place but not drying, and the end result was an overall frizzy mess. I am a newbie to diffusing but will say the diffuser attachment plays a big role on the end result. Upon completing my styling routine, and using the Healthy Heat Pro-Lite Dryer with the diffuser attachment I could not be happier. My hair is full of volume and frizz free.” —reviewer on Ulta

$69.99 at Eva NYC

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Revlon Perfect Heat Volumizing Turbo Hair Dryer

Key selling points: Revlon’s dryer with matching diffuser proves that you don’t have to spend a lot to get great results.

What customers are saying: “This dryer feels solid and does a great job drying hair. The diffuser is great and stays on well when needed. I love the ability to use cold, warm or hot at the different speeds.” —reviewer on Target

$17.59 at Target

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