Today I’m going to address an age-old question: ionic hair dryer vs regular, nonionic. In other words, do ionic hair dryers really work, do they make a difference?
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Ionic Hair Dryer vs. Nonionic
Let’s talk about what an ion charge is.
Basically what it’s doing is the ionic charge that is emitted by a blow-dryer or through a flat iron or something like that is creating an environment where the cuticle can be closed easier and the water molecule can be taken from the hair quicker and easier.
It usually requires less heat, less time, less energy to get a very polished blow-dry.
Now, here’s the thing – are they always the best thing for us?
That’s why good hair dryers have an ion on/off switch.
There are times where the ions aren’t the most beneficial thing for you and that might be cases where you have finer, maybe up to medium density hair textures, and you’re looking for the maximum amount of body and fullness.
On those types of hair textures, by flipping the ionic switch off, you can maintain more body and more density.
What you can do is do a simple blow-dry test.
Split your hair down the middle.
On one side you are gonna keep the ionic switch on so that you can see the polish that you get from that ionic switch and then on the opposite side you are gonna flip the ionic switch off so that you can see how you’re gonna maintain a little bit more fullness and density to the shape.
Before you do that, you are going to use just a touch of products. You don’t want to over product the hair because you want to make sure that you have a really honest results.
You can use the Redken One United. Apply just through the mid strands and ends in a very light spray. And a touch of the Redken Satinwear 04 to add just a touch conditioning to the ends and to make sure that you get a really nice polish on the ends.
Just lightly mist through the One United and then you’re just going to take one single pump of the Satinwear 04. Place it into your palm, emulsify and then work through the ends.
Now set up a center part so that you have your halves to test.
You gonna need a blow-dryer which is designed with the ion on/off switch and you are also going to use a paddle brush.
In the end, you will have one side with the ions and it should be a little more polish and then one side with ions off, which should have a little more body.
The first time that I did this for myself, I was honestly surprised by the results.
I’m kind of a skeptic, to be completely honest with you, and when I saw the results firsthand, I was a believer.
On the non ion side, there could definitely be a fluffiness, so if you’re trying to maintain fullness at the base, ion’s off is probably the way to go. Then if you look at the ion side, you definitely should have more shine.
One of the things I found is that if I do the whole thing with the ions off, it takes longer and so it definitely has helped me to be a believer in the fact that those ions do what all the manufacturers claim they do and it allows that moisture to come out of the hair faster and get to a more polished result a lot easier.
So if you want sleek polish, ions on. You want fullness and a little bit of fluff to the hair, ions off.
Testing Ionic Hair Dryers
Ionic hair dryers are generally more expensive than regular dryers but they promise more bang for your buck.
That’s because ionic dryers are supposed to dry hair faster by generating negative ions which react with the water in hair to form smaller droplets.
The smaller water droplets will be more readily absorbed into the hair shaft and will also help the hair dry faster.
Good Housekeeping put those claims of faster drying to the test by timing both ionic and regular dryers on the hair of volunteers.
The experts looked at ionic dryers from Conair, Panasonic, Remington, Sharper Image, Vidal Sassoon and Revlon.
They found that the ionic hair dryers really didn’t save that much time of regular hair dryers, may be about a minute or so.
But Good Housekeeping’s testers said ionic hair dryers had other pluses compared to regular ones.
They said that the ionic hair dryer made their hair smoother and shiner.
The testers said that Conair Ionshine 1875 out shined the other models for adding up glossy finish.
Panasonic Pantene Pro-V was declared the best for eliminating static and reducing annoying fly aways.
Good Housekeeping found none of the ionic dryers did any more damage to hair than what might occur with a regular dryer.
Good Ionic Blow Dryer
Bio Ionic Whisper Light Dryer
With the name Whisper Light there’s no question of what makes this dryer so unique.
It has the lowest noise output: 72 decibels, average is 85dB.
Light and quiet, this dryer dries hair up to 50% faster, using its NanoIonic mineral complex, 1400 watts and high heat and low airflow.
It’s able to maintain moisture inside the hair while speeding up the blow-dry process.
NanoIonic complex is a blend of minerals that create natural negative ions. They break down water molecules into fine particles that re-hydrate, re-condition and restore moisture in hair. As a result, hair feels smooth, super-soft and looks silky-shiny.
A research done with the Whisper Light shows that this dryer helps to retain color longer than any other dryer on the market.
The serrated ionic nozzle helps generate more negative ions while drying the hair.
Versatile heat settings allow custom control.
Other features include dual removable filters, cool shot button, 9-foot cord, hang ring.