If you're a regular reader of our review posts, you may have seen my glowing one (it's number 8 here) about my very favorite hair product: Moroccan Oil's Intense Curl Cream. But the cream would get me nowhere without my trusty Conair ceramic hair dryer and (most importantly!) the diffuser attachment that comes right with it. I have had it for seven years (since I was a freshman in college), but by golly, do I wish I had this sucker in high school. Back then, I did the brushed-out Hermione Granger thing, and the wet-looking, crunchy gelled curls thing; if you have curly hair, you know exactly what I'm talking about.
A few months into my freshman year of college, my dorm next-door neighbor let me borrow her hair dryer and diffuser — the very same model I have now. And let me borrow it again. And again. And again, until I finally just bought my own. All you have to do is apply your product of choice, and pop the diffuser attachment onto the dryer. Then, just let the spikes of the diffuser gather one section of your hair toward your scalp, scrunching it up into its natural curl pattern, turn the dryer on, and sit with the diffuser in the same place until dry (or, since I'm impatient, mostly dry). Then repeat with another section until it's done. It's insanely easy, only takes about 20 minutes total, depending on the length and thickness of your hair, and seriously cuts down on frizz.
And it works on all hair lengths! When I first tried it, my hair was long (like, to-my-lower-back long), and it worked. Two years later, I got it chopped into the bob/lob I have now, and it still work works perfectly. And since I wash my hair approximately never (okay, every four to five days) and it takes only 20ish minutes, it's a surprisingly low-maintenance hair routine. For anyone who has ever stopped me in the street/subway and asked me how I do my hair, this is it. Ridiculously easy. If only 14-year-old Maitland could have known. —Maitland Quitmeyer
Get it from Amazon or Walmart for $27.78+.