Shopping for a new hair dryer? There’s bound to be a lot of confusion about which styling tool you should opt for, especially when they have such varying price points. One thing you must look for though, ionic technology as its sweeping the UK at the moment with its better, quieter, performance as well as being some of the fastest hair dryers around.
What does ionic really mean?
An ion is a charged component that a chemical can be broken down into that can have a negative or positive charge. The ionic technology creates millions of negative ions, and what the ionic hair dryers help to do is break down the water molecule which helps divide them into smaller particles that evaporate faster.
How does ionic technology benefit your hair?
This allows the blow dryer to dry your hair much faster and that’s because you’re not only using heat and the force of the air flow, but you have this technology that helps to break down the water as well. These negative ions attach to the positively charged wet hair and help to lock in the moisture too which means that ionic technology not only helps to dry hair faster but lock in moisture too so you’re causing less damage to your hair when you dry it.
This is our pick of the best ionic hair dryers on the market in 2017.
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The ghd Aura Professional hairdryer might be the most expensive hairdryer from ghd, but it definitely shows in the quality.
Not only is it ionic, but it boasts Laminair and Cool-Wall Technology too. Adam Reed, ghd’s global brand ambassador is a huge fan of the tool, and loves what he is able to do with the tool.
The huge plus of the ghd Aura is that you can style your hair as you dry it, you benefit from root-lifting volume as well as super glossy locks, all while doing it really quickly too.
Plus, it’s lighter and quieter, and actually uses less electrical energy than your average hair dryer.
It might be a little steep for a hairdryer, but the technology speaks for itself. This is a must-have ionic hair dryer from ghd.
Elchim 3900 Healthy Ionic Hair Dryer
The Elchim 3900 Healthy Ionic hair dryer fits perfectly within the Elchim brand, which delivers products we want to use.
The technology is advanced and professional, but it still manages to care for your hair's health. Plus, the ionic-ceramic technology helps reduce styling time, as well as increasing hydration and shine.
The sleek and stylish design of the Elchim hairdryer is another plus, as well as the easy-to-navigate buttons.
The powerful hairdryer can dry and straighten the frizziest hair in a short amount of time. This works because of the ionic system, this helps to moisturise the hair so it's less likely to become frizzy and dry. Not only that, the ionic system helps eliminate electrostatic charges that can damage hair and of course leave it static and out of control.
ghd air Hair Dryer
ghd’s first hairdryer was Air, and it still ranks highly in our opinion. The 2100W motor is a huge drawer, as it dries hair quickly and efficiently, the body of the dryer is even shaped to give you a faster blow dry.
Drying your hair faster means it won’t take its toll on your locks as well. And even though it’s really powerful it’s not ridiculously loud either.
Ionic technology in the dryer is designed to leave you with less frizzy hair, and it also locks in moisture in your hair which results in shinier hair that feels softer too. Plus you can tailor the dryer to your specific hair needs thanks to the variable power and temperature controls, plus it comes with a choice of two nozzles.
This hairdryer is the perfect fusion of ghd design and salon power. If the eye-watering price of the Aura hairdryer is just a little too much for you, the Air is definitely a worthy replacement.
Babyliss Boutique Salon Italian Dryer
Another standout ionic hairdryer is the Babyliss Boutique Dryer which features an active ionic conditioning system. The hairdryer works by neutralising positive ions, these positive ions build in the hair when you dry it and leave your locks looking dull.
But this Boutique hair dryer not only looks extremely stylish, but works really well too, the slim concentrator nozzle allows for precise styling and flawless result.
Eliminate frizz, and leave your hair looking silky, smooth and shiny with this hairdryer, thanks to it's built-in ionic conditioning technology.
Vidal Sasson Infra Radiance Dryer
The Vidal Sassoon Infra Radiance hairdryer is not only packed with advanced technology, it has an affordable price point too.
Not only is there infrared technology, this works by infusing heat more evenly in to the hair enhacing your blow dry, but there is also an ionic system which reduces frizz and static by ionising air particles.
Infrared helps maintain the natural moisture balance of your hair because the light beams at high frequencies, which allows it to enter the hair shaft at deeper levels, this in turns helps heat the hair more evenly and dry it quicker, resulting in smoother, softer hair.
Remington Keratin Therapy Pro Dryer
We love the Remington Keratin Therapy collection of hair tools, all designed to give the hair a treat as you style it. The Remington Keratin Therapy Pro Dryer is extremely powerful, not only that but it also boasts ionic conditioning as well as a keratin ceramic coated grille.
Both of these help give your hair frizz-free shine for a healthy blow-dry look. You’re left with a better result. The Remington Keratin Therapy hairdryer is extremely affordable too, plus it comes with all the attachments seen below, so you can choose a selection of varied results with this one tool.
Nicky Clarke Diamond Shine Pro Salon Hair dryer
The Nicky Clarke Diamond Shine hair dryer looks a whole lot more expensive than it actually is, but coupled with a gorgeous design and advanced technology, this is definitely another ionic hairdryer to consider buying.
The hair dryer has a ceramic coated grille which is infused with real diamonds and ionic technology which dries hair evenly and avoids heat damage. You’re left, after a super short period, a frizz-free blow dry that has a super high shine gloss.
It’s not only really affordable, but it delivers an extremely professional finish too. We love this Nicky Clarke hairdryer.
Babyliss 3Q hairdryer
Another standout hairdryer from Babyliss, the 3Q dryer features an advanced brushless motor. This gives a controlled airflow, as well as ionic conditioning for supreme drying and smoothing.
Compared with other Babyliss dryers, this has 20% fashion speed and 40% higher air pressure for fast, meticulous drying – if you have thicker hair, this is the tool for you.
Not only that, but compared to the best-selling Babyliss dryer it is 28 times more ionic, allowing the active ionics to surround the hair to eliminate static, tame frizz, and add shine too. All with the flick of a switch.
You’ll often find this tool on offer too, so you can grab a real bargain for such an advanced drying too.
Parlux 3800 Eco Friendly Ionic Ceramic hairdryer
Not only is the Parlux 3800 hairdryer ionic and ceramic, but it’s also environmentally friendly too. The Ionic and Ceramic system offers a natural healthy function to leave hair soft and shiny. Plus the 2100W K-Lamination motor reduces drying time and electricity usage. Plus it’s made with recycled packaging and plastic – making it one of the most eco-friendly hairdryers available.
H2D iR Ionic hairdryer
Rapidly dry your locks without the fear of completely frazzling your hair thanks to the salon-strength power of the ionic technology and infrared heating in the H2D Ionic Hair Dryer.
The ionic generator creates millions of negative ion particles, which seal cuticles in the hair, infuse moisture, eliminate frizz and give hair a ‘just conditioned’ feel. Silky soft locks are definitely something we can get on board with. The infrared heat is designed to help reduce drying time too, by relaxing the hair and drying it from within.
The H2D Ionic Hair Dryer also comes with a range of tools to ensure you have everything you need for a gorgeous blow dry with minimal fuss.