If you consider blow drying your hair to be both an incredibly tedious task and an easy way to damage hair, it's time to start looking into the best ionic hair dryer.
Ionic blow dryers claim to be a safer, faster way to dry hair. But, you might be wondering, "how does an ionic blow dryer work?" Blow dryers with ionic technology emit millions of negative ions at once to help break down water molecules. Specifically, water tends to have a neutral charge but the bonds between the two hydrogen and oxygen molecules in water are slightly positive. Since opposites attract, the negative ions released from the blow dryer head straight for those bonds and break down the water molecule into smaller particles helping them to evaporate faster.
These negative ions also leave hair smooth and minimize fly-a-ways by neutralizing static. Additionally, many ionic blow dryers claim to increase shine by helping to lock moisture into hair follicles.
It's no surprise that ionic technology is all the rage considering the list of promised benefits. But with so many hair tools claiming to use ionic technology and no way to test that technology as a consumer, it's hard to know which blow dryers actually fulfill their promise.
Luckily, consumers love to share and rate their experience with ionic technology. To save you time, here's a list of the five best ionic blow dryers available on the web — and reveal what exactly makes them stand above the rest.
1. A Budget Blowdryer With A Cult Following
This ultra-popular Revlon 1875W dryer features both infrared heat technology (which prevents over-drying) and tourmaline ionic technology (which increases shine), and cost less than 20 bucks. Combine that with three layers of ceramic coating to reduce heat damage, and you might find yourself styling your 'do every day.
2. A Lightweight Hair Dryer That Seriously Cuts Down On Dry-Time
Magnifeko's hair dryer drastically reduces drying time by combining ionic technology with 2,300 watts of power. One Amazon user even said the combination allowed her to dry her hair three times faster than her old dryer. But that doesn't mean you have to run the dryer full-blast every time,— there are two speeds and three heat settings to help personalize the dryer to your hair type. Best of all, tired arms are a thing of the past thanks to the dryers lightweight design.
3. A High-End Hair Dryer That's Super Quiet
Asavea's D-1.0 dryer is perfect for anyone with sensitive ears because the model promises to never go over 78 decibels — about the noise level of a washing machine. User safety is also a priority with dual overheating protection, three heat settings, and a removable end cap that allows easy access to clean the filter. There's a reason hundreds of Amazon reviews gave it five stars.
4. A Tiny Hair Dryer That's Perfect For Traveling
The foldable hair dryer weighs just 350 grams but still offers critical negative ionic technology along with 1,400 watts of power. With lockable hot, medium and cool settings, there's plenty of room for matching the temperature to your preference. Several dozen users left glowing reviews, and one user accurately called it "a great value for a might mouse of a hairdryer."
5. An Ionic Dryer Designed Specially For Curly Hair
If you have curly hair it's time to rejoice: xTava's dryer is the easiest way to embrace your natural bounce and double the shine. With two different ion settings — one for a sleek and silky blowout, the other for texture and volume — you can easily match the dryer settings to your desired style. Top it off with the "Perfect Hair" setting, turbo speed with medium heat, and you'll want this in your hot tool basket ASAP.
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