What Are the Different Types Of Hair Dryer?

Published: 27th May 2008
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The best hair dryers today are far removed from what was on offer just a few years ago. The use of technology has significantly reduced the amount of drying time and has dramatically improved the shine, smoothness and overall healthy look of hair. So, before you buy your next hair dryer, it's important to know the different types and what they offer you.

First off, don't even consider buying one of the more traditionally made blow dryers. Essentially, they're exactly the same product as your mother, and even your grandmother, would have used; the only difference being the styling of the outer casing - the internal components being no different that what's been used for decades.

Older dryers consist of two major parts; a metal coil that gets hot when an electrical current is passed through it and an electric motor that blows the hot air out through the nozzle. While these older models did get your hair dry, more often than not, they dried it out, giving it a frizz or lackluster feel and look.

All heaters - hair, car and home varieties - produces positive charges particles called positive ions. It's been known for some time that exposure to positive ions can make many feel unwell or depressed. When it comes to your hair, positive ions open up the cuticle of the hair shaft, which in turn, lets your hair's natural moist evaporate, leaving it dry and 'frizzy'.

Negative ions have been shown to promote both physical and mental health in so many ways. They also seal the cuticle of each hair shaft thereby retaining the hair's moisture and helping to hydrate it.

Many of today's blow dryers are designed to produced and bathe hair with lots of negative ions. If you want the best 'salon' looking hair you should be looking to buy one of three types currently on offer.

Ionic Hair Dryer

Unlike traditional models, these produce only negative ions. If you get a chance to use this type of dryer, you'll notice how much more shiny and healthy your hair looks and feels, and how much more body it has. The negative ions break down the water droplets in wet hair into smaller micro-droplets, that evaporate quicker - so cutting down drying time - and that are easily absorbed into your hair, leaving it feeling less dry and silkier to the touch.

Ceramic Hair Dryer

The problem with metal coils used in conventional models is that the heat produced contained 'cold spots' - the heat produced was uneven. Ceramic, heats up evenly and, what's more, keeps itself in check, turning itself down as it detects the surrounding temperature. Therefore, it's not uncommon for ceramic dryers to contain only 2 or 3 heat settings. Ceramic also emits negative ions.

Tourmaline Hair Dryer

Tourmaline is a semi-precious mineral that naturally emits large amounts of negative ions when heated - up to 6 times more than ceramic. Many of today's best blow dryers use components that have been coated with crushed tourmaline. More often than not, you'll find both ionic and ceramic models that use tourmaline components. If you want the best, then go for tourmaline.

Follow the links for the best brands of an ionic hair dryer or tourmaline hair dryer and find out more about why these types are definitely the best hair dryer on the market today.

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