Ceramic vs. Ionic vs. Tourmaline Hair Dryers

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How overwhelming is that wall of blowdryers at Ulta? It’s like a million little blow dryers screaming buzzwords at you like SLEEK, FAST DRYING, ANTI-FRIZZ, SHINY etc. Look past all those meaningless words they use to describe their dryers and look for these 3 important words: Ceramic, Tourmaline, and Ionic. These are the words that actually describe the features that will help your hair. But, how!? Read on below for brief explanations of these 3 little words and what they mean for you.

Ceramic

Ceramic is a nonmetallic solid usually made out of clay. In use in hair dryers, ceramic is used in the heating element – manufacturers use ceramic coils instead of copper coils which heat up quickly and evenly.

What’s so good about it?

Ceramic uses a type of infrared heat that can penetrate the hair safely without burning or damaging the outside shaft of the hair. In addition, because ceramic heats up evenly, it does not burn parts of the hair and cause damage.

 Ionic

Ions are either a negatively or positively charged ion. When used in hair dryers, negative ions break up the water molecules into smaller drops that evaporate on the outer layer of the hair quicker. This helps seal the hairs cuticles to retain moisture in the process.

What’s so good about it?

These negative ions cause water drops to separate and evaporate quicker thus reducing the amount of heat and damage to the hair. These negative ions cause the cuticle to remain flat, eliminate frizz and make the hair look and feel healthy.

Tourmaline

Tourmaline is a mineral that can only generate negative ions when heated. And like I said above, negative ions are good, good, good for your hair. The tourmaline found in hair dryers can either be a coating on the inside of the device or actual parts of the dryer can be made out of this mineral.

What’s so good about it?

Tourmaline is an incredibly effective way to produce negative ions. The negative ions from tourmaline can dry your hair at an incredibly fast speed and will leave your hair shinier and healthier. Tourmaline is a $$$ mineral so a tourmaline hair dryer will cost you a little more than the average ceramic or ionic dryer.

Bottom line – All these features are necessities to maintain your hairs health when using heat tools. At the very least, buy ceramic for the most BASIC heat protection for your hair, but I would recommend splurging on a good quality hair dryer with ceramic and either tourmaline or ionic(since they both product negative ions). You’ll be amazed at the difference!

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6 thoughts on “Ceramic vs. Ionic vs. Tourmaline Hair Dryers

  1. Teresa Schofield

    You mention ceramic, ionic and tourmaline. Nothing but a marketing ploy to make you gullible gurlz spend more money! Ceramic used in a hair dryer is nothing more than an insulator, if it wasn’t there you’d get an electric shock and/or the plastic casing of the pistol grip would melt! You don’t need 2600 watts of heat to dry your hair! Hair takes time to dry, deal with it!

    The ionic and tourmaline? Nothing but marketing hype to get you to spend big bucks on something as simple as a heat-blower worth no more than $10.00. Who am I, no one more than a woman who has common sense and who’ll not fall for media hype. I didn’t fall into the Baby Trap either, media also glorifies mommyhood! Happy to be child-free?

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    1. Megan on The PRIMP Team

      To each their own, I suppose :) From personal experience, I have tried all types of hair dryers and straighteners and I can definitely see a difference in the feel and look of my hair between low quality heat tools and professional heat tools.

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  2. Anjelah

    The PROOF is in the PUDDIN’! Over the years I have tried cheap hot tools for my hair, and professional tools. I grew my hair for over 7 yrs and cut it to donate to Hair Hopes in CA this year. I did not color it and RARELY blew it dry. So my hair was a great guenia pig for testing different shampoos or hair styling tools since I took supplements and my hair was not effected by everyday styling. I could tell a HUGE difference when using a cheap dryer vs a middle of the line dryer. However an expensive dryer, such as a CHI…did not make as big of a difference when compared to a middle of the line blow dryer. You couldn’t pay me to touch my hair with a cheap straightener though…that’s how damaging they are for your hair! If can’t afford to have the luxury of an expensive dryer, at least use the coolest setting and be sure to always end with the “cool shot” to seal the cuticles. ;)

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  3. Lendl

    Try Karmin Products Line! There’s one hair dryer that is highly recommended, it works amazingly on curly hair and comes with a diffuser and it’s very gentle. It’s called “Karmin G3 salon pro professional hair dryer”. It has ceramic heat, adjustable settings, cool shot button, dual voltage…the works. Best one I’ve used :) My hair is extra frizzy and curly so believe me, this one is the best for curly hair.

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