Helen of Troy SofTouch Volumizing Massaging Diffuser

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New soft, flexible fingers add volume while gently massaging the scalp.


Based on 32 Reviews

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New York, N.Y., U.S.
Dec 11, 2009
4 Star Rating
I had been thinking about purchasing this product for a while but was completely skeptical. I'm completely new to diffusers, and so finding the right one was important. Lately, I had been using the typical universal diffuser. At a beauty supply in Bronx, N.Y., I ran into the Soft Touch diffuser (though it wasn't Helen of Troy, it was precisely as is pictured at folica and also called Soft Touch). I bought the product, and evaluated the differences between the universal diffuser and the Soft Touch. The typical wide, hard, and plastic diffuser is good. (Though that was all I knew of and was familiar with thus far.) I typically HAD to dry my hair from the tips, underneath, and blow some air around. When I found that my hair was somewhat dry, or at least 40-50% dry, I would turn my head over and begin drying around (to dry the bottom of my head). Later, I would go in closer to create the volume that I wanted and dry my hair completely. I would have to toy with my hair the remainder of the day to get the volume and lift I wanted at the top of my head. (More work along the way!) When I tried the Soft touch, I could dry the tips,underneath where the scalp laid, and on top where I needed some lift (as my hair was weighing the top down). I could do all of this while it was still wet (which allowed me the chance to dry and "volumize", as opposed to drying first and later "volumizing", which caused frizz). The Soft Touch made it easier and much quicker to dry my hair with the results that I wanted. The rubber tips, as opposed to the hard, plastic universal diffuser didn't cause unruly or frizzy curls, instead, it dried my hair quicker at the roots than a typical diffuser would DUE TO the (genius) air vents located at the rubber tips that allow you to massage, volumize, and dry your hair all at once. Speaking more at the core, while this product is indeed a fantastic find for curly haired girls, it may not be a fantastic fit for your hair dryer. While it did fit my hair dryer, it was rather short and stubby for my long blow dryer. The diffuser fits, though it isn't tightly secure. It does wiggle a little, simply because the diffuser's open end is short and stubby, but it isn't the end of the world. Overall, I give this product a "good" because the Soft Touch is in my opinion genius, gentle, and indeed a must have for those curly haired gals who need that extra volume at the top due to the weight of water and hair products (simply gravity). Its incapability to fit most blow dryers and fit securely (like a universal product) is a con. On a different note, I wonder whether this "genius" idea to produce air vents via the rubber tips is a healthy approach to drying one's hair. Typically, I use low heat and low air, but low heat is still heat, and this product is allowing the heat to go straight to our scalp. Just a thought. (Sometimes, much like silicone based products,aren't long lasting results, overtime they alter the condition of our hair.)
19 out of 19 shoppers thought this review was helpful.
Marshfield, MA
Mar 31, 2009
5 Star Rating
Great If You Like Curls!
This diffuser is the best I have every used on my naturally curly hair. It fits on my expensieve blow dryer perfectly and the "fingers" lift my curls for a full and frizzless dry!I love it. Thank you Folica.Denise
6 out of 6 shoppers thought this review was helpful.
Fort Mill, SC
Mar 8, 2008
4 Star Rating
Very Nice Diffuser
This diffuser works great! The only problem I have with it is that it is a little hard to put on the hair dryer. It will only fit if your hair dryer has a smaller end. I do like the results I get from it, though.
5 out of 5 shoppers thought this review was helpful.
Milford, NH
Nov 5, 2007
2 Star Rating
Doesn't Fit My Blow Dryer
Id love to give this a good review, BUT, it doesnt fit MOST dyers, at least not mine. So, I couldnt rate it, its still sitting in its box !!!! 0:(
3 out of 6 shoppers thought this review was helpful.
Alpharetta, GA
Jul 12, 2007
5 Star Rating
Great Diffuser For Curly Hair
This is a great diffuser for curly hair. The prongs are long so you can create volume with it unlike some of the other hard diffusers. I highly recommend this diffuser!
3 out of 3 shoppers thought this review was helpful.
May 30, 2007
4 Star Rating
Great For Mostly Volume
Hence the product name, volumizing diffuser! My hair is thick and mostly straight, with a little natural "wrinkle," not even really curl. Its very layered and this diffuser replaced a diffuser with longer, stiff plastic fingers. (The only hairdryer it fits broke finally.) This one works great for what I want (sticking-up messy type hairstyle) and the soft fingers dont poke me in the head. It DOES fit best on a round nozzle though.
2 out of 3 shoppers thought this review was helpful.
Karen Missbach
New York
Apr 19, 2007
1 Star Rating
Didn't Fit
Although it says its fits most hairdryers, it doesnt I cannot use it and it would cost more to send it back.
2 out of 2 shoppers thought this review wasn't helpful.
Mya Borgman
Los Angeles, CA
Dec 20, 2006
4 Star Rating
Helen Of Troy Diffuser
This diffuser pretty much attaches to any narrow head blow dryer. Great for those with curly hair that want to get the right look.
3 out of 3 shoppers thought this review was helpful.
Dale Ulkins
Baton Rouge, LA
Sep 8, 2006
3 Star Rating
Diffuser Review
It is a diffuser. It goes on a hair dryer. Hot air blows through it and dries your hair. If you are actually reading diffuser reviews, you might want to get off of the computer and find a hobby. My summary: Diffuser goes on dryer. Dryer blows hot air onto hair. Hair dries.
31 out of 32 shoppers thought this review wasn't helpful.
Mar 28, 2006
4 Star Rating
Best Diffuser
This is my favorite diffuser ever! After using the standard diffuser for years I was excited to find a product that added extra volume to my curls. My daughter and I both have shoulder length, naturally curly hair and this diffuser does wonders for bringing out the natural curl without creating frizz. Ive not been disappointed since purchasing this diffuser.
2 out of 2 shoppers thought this review was helpful.
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