Regardless of how hard I try, I can never quite seem to re-create the shiny, voluminous blow out I get at the salon on my own accord. Then there’s the issue of time. Unfortunately, I’m kind of known for procrastinating when it comes to getting ready for the day. In fact, my boyfriend (embarrassingly enough) often tells me to be ready a half an hour or so before we actually have to leave, in order to give me a buffer period because he knows I’ll probably late. Aside from my lack of skills and poor time management skills when it comes to getting ready, I’m also plagued by bleach-induced damage and breakage, which has led me to dodge heat styling altogether. That is until my hairstylist suggested that I make the switch to a so-called ionic hair dryer. Despite getting to test new beauty products on the regular, I admittedly had no idea what an ionic blow dryer even was, let alone how they work.
Basically, ionic hair dryers release negatively charged ions, which override positively charged water molecules in wet hair. Negative ions help water molecules break up into smaller ones, which results in quicker drying time and therefore, minimizes the potential for heat damage. Aside from saving you time, ionic dryers also offer a slew of hair-enhancing benefits, including promoting shine, sealing in moisture, reducing frizz, and retaining definition for curls and waves. Compared to traditional ceramic hair dryers, these next-level models are fool-proof tools to help you fake that coveted in-salon blowout. Here are some of my favorite budget-friendly models to test drive yourself.
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1. Nition Negative Ions Ionic Hair Dryer
This compact hair dryer is designed with a ceramic air outlet coated with argan oil and nanosilver, which helps protect hair from heat damage and leaves locks shiny and static-free. It also features three different heat settings and a cool button option for customizable results.
2. Revlon Compact & Lightweight Ionic Hair Dryer
This lightweight dryer is perfect for traveling thanks to its pint-size design. However, despite being lightweight, it doesn’t skimp on power and performance. It’s engineered with ionic technology to reduce frizz and enhance shine and poses less risk for heat damage.
3. Jinri 1875w Professional Tourmaline Hair Dryer
This professional-grade blow dryer uses turbo technology to give you a speedy blowout, without causing frizz and static. It features two different concentrator nozzles, which allows you to create a personalized look, whether you’re looking for straight and sleek, voluminous waves or loose curls.
4. Trezoro Professional Ionic Salon Hair Dryer
More than 12,000 reviewers have given this hair dryer a perfect rating. It uses an ionic generator to reduce frizz and dry hair as fast as possible. Three heat settings and two speed options make it ideal for a more customized experience.
5. Conair 1875-Watt Ionic Ceramic Hair Dryer
Not only is this ionic hair dryer made with tourmaline ceramic that reduce frizz and heat damage, it also comes with attachments that can help make styling your strands at home even easier. The diffuser and concentrator nozzle allow those with curly hair to keep it volumized, and those with straight her to keep it sleek.