As a professional, you will more than likely have heard that any hairdryer worth its salt must be ceramic, ionic and contain tourmaline. Whilst many hairdressers are familiar with these materials, how many know WHY they are such an important part of hair-drying technology? This post will break down each material and show why it benefits both the client and the stylist.

Ceramic

What is it?

Ceramic is a composite material made from clay that is often found in the heating element, the body of the dryer or as coating on internal parts. By creating an infrared heat, ceramic penetrates the hair shaft which preserves the moisture naturally found within hair.

Benefits

The ceramic contained within a hairdryer is essential. It is the ceramic that enables the hair dryer is heat up quickly and evenly across its surface.


Ionic

What is it?

Without getting too technical, an ion refers to any particle that contains a positive or negative charge. Ionic technology is an important part of how a hair dryer works. The negative ions interact with wet hair by breaking up the water molecules. This in turn creates smaller droplets that then penetrate the outer layer of the hair shaft.

Benefits

By breaking down water molecules into smaller droplets, ionic technology reduces the hairs’ surface tension and leaves hair looking healthy, shiny and frizz-free.


Tourmaline

What is it?

Tourmaline is a precious mineral that only generates negative ions when heated. Tourmaline technology works by maximising the negative ion output, closing the cuticle layer and creating smoother hair. As tourmaline is a rare gemstone, tourmaline dryers can be expensive depending on the quantity of tourmaline and how it has been applied.

Benefits

A dryer containing a good amount of tourmaline will dry up to 40% quicker than a non-tourmaline dryer, the speedy nature of tourmaline dryers means both the client and the stylist have a bit more time in their busy schedules.

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