All about Ionic Hair Dryers, How they Work and What to Look for
Shiny healthy looking hair is essential for making you look and feel good. A good style and maintenance can even make you look younger than your years so using a good new generation ionic hairdryer will give you the edge.
What can the benefits be of using this new technology?
They can dry your hair twice as fast as your old hairdryer
They will ultimately use less energy to dry you hair
They will help to keep your hair healthy and look a lot more shiny
Less split ends and broken hair
They are a lot quieter than the old school hairdryers
Some claim to protect your hair from UV rays of the sun
As they produce more negative (feel good ions) ions they can actually make you feel better as opposed to traditional dryers which produce more positive (not so good) ions
Negatively charged ions combat the positively charged ions in your hair making it a neutral process, this means no “static” no more flyaway hair
How do they work?
Firstly what is tourmaline?
Tourmaline is a crystal boron silicate material that emits negative ions, therefore neutralizing positive ions. Tourmaline is crushed into a fine powder and baked into ceramic plates.
Beware of plates coated with ceramic tourmaline; look for the real thing, baked ceramic!
Oh and what is ceramic?
Ceramic is a composite material usually made of clay; the benefit of ceramic material is that it heats up quickly giving infrared heat. It is an ideal material for use in hairdryers, used in the body, the heating element and coating inside the hairdryer.
And by the way the terms used in these hairdryers are ionic, Nano ionic and tourmaline ionic are all meaning the same thing; ionic!
These new hairdryers suck up millions of molecules from the air then the ionic technology inside the hairdryer “ionizes” them creating a negative charge.
This all happens at a very high level of voltage, hot air blows the negative ions out into your hair.
When these ions hit your wet hair they split up the hydrogen bonds in the water droplets on your hair
The water droplets shrink again and again allowing your hair to dry very quickly
This makes the hair more porous causing more moisture to penetrate your hair creating the shine, the surface of your hair looks healthier
Overall this will give you quicker, gentler hair drying and a little extra care
What to look for when shopping for a new Ionic hairdryer
Look for overheating mechanism so it will switch off if it does get too hot or if you manage to get your hair caught in the dryer
Look for easy handling
Look for an ergonomic design with easy to reach on off switches
Check the weight, make sure it is easy on the wrist
Look for one with a removable air filter
Look at the wattage, a high powered ionic hairdryer is very high indeed
Are there any disadvantages of using an ionic hairdryer?
Well yes actually, if you want volume! An ionic dryer dries your hair so quickly it may end up flat and the worst thing you can do is over dry your hair. Once it is dry you should down tools and stop.
There is a solution though.
You can also go for an ionic curling iron for volume or straightening irons also now come with ionic technology.
You could also try using a good natural bristle brush instead of an ionic hairbrush, which may help.
The rule of thumb, do not over dry your hair still applies, there will be no static created by using an ionic hairdryer but that does not mean you can carry on styling, no, no. If you feel it has dried too quickly, consider turning the setting down or dampen the hair to create the style you want.