Ionic, ceramic, infrared and tourmaline – these are the words used to describe hair dryers, but do you really know the difference and what your hair really needs? Here we share what the fuss is about tourmaline hair dryers.
What is tourmaline?
Tourmaline is a semi-precious mineral which generates only negative ions when heated.
A Tourmaline blow dryer has been found to blow dry up to 40 percent more quickly than its non-tourmaline cousin.
While some of the best dryers are made with tourmaline, it all comes down to the internal parts of the dryer and whether they’re moulded of tourmaline or just some parts are covered in the mineral compound.
Because tourmaline is a rare gemstone, the price of these hair dryers can get quite steep, depending on the quantity and the way it is incorporated into the dryer.
Tourmaline crystals have been crushed into a fine powder and transferred to the major components of the appliance. The tourmaline technology maximizes the negative ion output and closes the cuticle layer, creating smooth hair.
What’s the benefit of a tourmaline hairdryer?
Tourmaline hair dryers emit infrared heat and negative ions, making the heat much gentler on the hair during styling for a shinier and less frizzy finish.
Tourmaline also enables the hair to endure much higher levels of heat without creating damage.
How else can you protect your hair?
Heat styling is, of course, going to cause damage to your hair over time, so it’s always best to use protectant serums, lotions, and sprays to counteract the heat damage.
Tourmaline hair dryers we love
T3 have created a hair dryer you’ll be happy to use with their Featherweight Luxe 2i, it’s a revolution in hair care and the next generation in heat styling. The Luxe 2i’s engine is significantly more powerful, churning out 58 times more heat energy. (In company tests, the Featherweight Luxe 2i dried medium-textured hair in 7 minutes, versus the original’s 12 minutes.) Hair dries so fast that it not only doesn’t sustain damage (like a roughed-up cuticle or dried-out cortex), it’s also left in better shape than if you had never turned on the dryer.
Unlike the majority of Tourmaline styling tools, in which components are sprayed with a coating of Tourmaline that degrades over time, T3 products feature high quality, crushed gemstones which are integrated with the inner-workings of the dryer, so the healthy-hair benefits endure; the ion-enriched air generated by these components is then woven through the dryer at the ideal heat and speed before exiting in a wide, cone shape that dries large sections of hair quickly and healthily.
Worried about ruining your hair with over styling with heated tools? Well, it all starts with your hair dryer, and the T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i is designed to retain hair’s moisture and dry it quickly, which in turn means you damage your hair a whole lot less.
Cloud Nine Airshot hairdryer
The 2000W high-performance hairdryer has tourmaline and vitamin-infused ceramic heating elements to deliver the highest level of care to hair whilst styling.
The anti-static technology works to reduce the amount of negatively charged particles which stops frizz and flyaways occur as you dry your hair and adds silkiness and shine to your locks.
The Airshot hair dryer is a high flow professional dryer, that’s lightweight and ergonomically designed to help reduce fatigue in the arm and wrist whilst using the dryer, The revolutionary styling tool not only dries hair effectively and fast, it leaves a lasting smooth shine to the hair – creating the perfect prep for other Cloud Nine styling tools.
Speed up your hair regime with this BaByliss hair dryer that delivers salon quality and performance. A premium pick from the label’s Boutique collection, it boasts ultra-fast air speed and a 2400W motor that promises to dry your tresses in no time. What’s more, its slim concentrator nozzle tackles static and frizz to create a smooth, professional-looking finish.
Designed with Tourmaline-Ceramic Technology™ to dry hair molecules inside out, minimising heat damage and a high-performance 2400W motor to make blow drying quicker.
The hairdryer contains ionic technology for smoothness and shine, with a concentrated nozzle included for precise blow drying with a salon finish.
Featuring an active ionic conditioning system to control static and frizzy hair, the dryer works by neutralising positive ions which build up in the hair and leave it looking dull and limp. Hair will be smooth and manageable thanks to the ultra slim concentrator nozzle which allows precise styling for flawless results.
Italian made for superior quality, the BaByliss Boutique Salon Power Dryer combines high fashion styling and delivers a professional standard performance.
As with all Ego Professional styling tools, the brand has used their unique technology of combining naturally occurring mineral-laden earth Hwango and Tourmaline Red Pine Forest in Korea.
This formulates their trademark ‘HW2’ technology which plays the key role in preventing static and frizz, drying whilst retaining moisture, and keeping hair healthy as well as drying it in the fastest time possible without harm.
For amazing results they combine HW2 with the best quality crushed Tourmaline gems which emit infrared heat and negative ions (which evaporate excess water), making the heat much gentler on the hair during styling for a shinier and less frizzy finish. The tourmaline gem also enables the hair to endure much higher levels of heat without creating damage.
The Ego Evolve hair dryer allows power, volume, softness, shine, less frizz, less risk of heat damage and long-lasting style. It’s the hair dryer you need in your toolkit, something you’ll never be disappointed in. The Ego Evolve may be a little pricey, but you get exactly what you pay for with this tool and that’s drying, conditioning and styling all in one.