I don’t know about you but to me a hair dryer was just an appliance that dried hair.
Then I discovered the ‘ionic’ hair dryer.
The ionic hairdryer models even promote the word ‘healthy’ when talking about the benefits of using one on your hair!
I used to think as long as my hair drying device blasted out the heat in record time, and had several attachments and didn’t cost too much, I was happy.
A brand name I recognised on the side of the dryer made me even happier as I would then feel as though I was spending all that money on something that would work well and that’d last.
But, when talking to my own hairstylist, she told me that in her world, hair drying has revolutionised since they’d started using an ionic dryer in the salon.
She claimed that she could style sleek and sophisticated whilst still improving the texture and health of her client’s precious hair.
What better endorsement?
Yet, what is Ionic anyway?
According to Wikipedia,
Ionic hair dryers produce millions of negatively charged ions which break down the positively charged water molecules.
Negative ions don't open up the hair shafts so the hair remains smooth and sleek!
So, if you want that salon-finished effect created in your very own bedroom, it appears ionic dryers are the way forward.
They claim to produce hair that is more moist and shiny than traditional dryers without creating the frizz and without the incessant whirring in your ear as you dry.
Too much choice?
There are hundreds of hair dryers, ionic or not, to choose from, with a huge variety in both price and promise.
With so many in the marketplace now, how do you know which ones are worth investing in?
Ionic dryers are more expensive, because of what they claim they do in relation to other dryers.
The word ‘ionic’ kept appearing in my hair dryer research – but what the heck is it?
Do you need a science degree now to buy an everyday contraction?
Apparently so and is it worth the effort?
To save you the job…
Ionic – put simply, is definitely the way of the future.
So, forget the rest of the bunch.
The bottom line, according to salons across the country, is that every hair dryer brand promises the perfect blow-dried mop of hair.
Yet the ionic delivers what it guarantees on the packaging, in record time, with minimum sound and helps create healthy hair!
But are they worth the extra cost?
What makes them different?
Do they credit the hype?
Back to basics - ionic…
What then, is an ionic hair dryer?
They are super-turbo hair drying devices that work with hair products to give great hair results.
Getting back to the science bit –
Ions are charged components that chemicals can be broken down into which then have a positive or negative charge.
Your own hair has positive and negative charges on it.
That’s why some hair products work better on your hair than others.
When your hair is wet it has positive charges on it due to water molecules.
Ionic hair dryers emit negative ions and cause these the water molecules in your hair to break down.
This means they evaporate super-fast and you don’t have to spend so long drying your hair!
If you have products on your hair such as conditioner, which is a positively charged ingredient.
The ions, released by the hair dryer, interact with this product and help enhance your hair.
You haven’t had to spend as long on your hair, thus drying it out, causing a conditioned frizz.
Ionic dryers also help reduce the static electricity that other dryers tend to produce.
As there are so many hair dryers in today’s marketplace, all competing in price and productivity, ionic dryers stand out, as they are the only ones that use these negative ions.
Other dryers tend to rely on other components to dry your hair.
Ceramic dryers, for example, have internal parts and metal plates that consist of, amongst others, infrared heat to dry hair that can cause hair damage.
Non-benefits of ionic dryers
As with any new products there are positives and negatives, not to mention confusion!
Ionic dryers produce an electromagnetic field.
There is a lot of debate around this area on whether this is dangerous to both the environment and small children, in particular.
Cost also pays an important role.
But as with all trends – people seem happy to pay over the odds for the latest gadgets.
For a basic ionic hair dryer you could set yourself back $200 plus.
So, ionic hair dryers are far more expensive than the traditional dryer.
The high cost can be related to the technology used in the product and of course, they are a brand and all that entails.
So, does ionic technology benefit your hair?
These hair dryers, as recommended by many stylists, allows you to dry your hair much faster not only because you are using heat and forced air flow, but because you have this scientific technology that helps break down water molecules as well, locking moisture in.
So, they do what they say on the packaging,: they help produce healthy, less damaged hair with positive enhancements and can do this in a much quieter fashion than hundreds of the other hair dryers in the market.
As long as you don’t worry too much about the ozone generated by these dryers, that is…