These days in the hair and beauty market there are lots of products which use labels such as ionic, ceramic coating and tourmaline plates. But what are these features and do they really work? And do they make a difference to a hair tools performance and are they worth the extra money to be paid on that item?
Ions and Hair Dryers which are “Ionic”
The world is made-up of molecules, these are just part of the structure of matter. What Ionic hair dryers do when they are switched on and are heated up is they give out and produce negative Ions. Negative Ions reduce the moisture inside the hair follicle which helps wet hair dry faster. A conventional hair dryer blows hot hair to dry the hair which just leaves the hair dry and can actually be damaging stripping the hair of its moisture.
The claims around negative irons to be beneficial are highly debated. There’s a strong belief that the claim cannot be approved or disapproved thus leading to some of the confusion regarding ionic and non-ionic hair dryers.
OK so what we can say is that lets dry the same hair with the same wetness and see the results using an ionic than a non ionic dryer? In the majority of tests drying times were found to be the same. This supports the claim that there’s not any difference to drying time’s using an ionic hair dryer to one that is not.
What Are The Benefits of Ionic Over Non Then?
A lot of users of hair dryers report that using an ion dryer their hair feels softer and more shiny on drying completion. They also report that the hair was easier to style and manage after the use of this type of dryer. There are other factors to consider like motor power and also the quality of the engine inside the dryer and its ability to create the right temperature. Other factors also include how you dry your hair, if speed is a big issue then drying in a particular manner may affect how quickly or slowly your hair dries.
An Ionic Hair Dryer Test
If you want to find out if a hair dryer is effective with its ions here’s a simple test when purchasing. First ask for the hair dryer to be taken from the box, switch it on and let it get to temperature. Switch the ION button to off, this is usual on quality dryers. Apply the heat to the back of your hand for about half to a full minute, do this about 15 to 20 cm away. Then feel the back of your hand the skin should feel its normal self or smooth. Now repeat the process turning on the ION button, again apply for about 25 seconds to a full minute. Then when complete feel the back of your hand it should feel a little rougher. This shows the negative ions are opening up the pores on your skin. This process is the same process when applied to your hair the cuticle of the hair is opened by the dryer. So what good is this you may ask? well imagine you have spent money on that expensive hair treatment and what to get it deep into the hairs cuticle, you can use this technique to get the treatment well and truly into the hair. This same technique can be used on a problem scalp by opening the pores to receive product