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4 types of hair dryers you should know about
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By Modern60, Editorial Team

Last Updated on April 2nd, 2024

Beauty & Fashion

4 types of hair dryers you should know about

A hairdryer is a valuable tool for most hair care routines, especially if one wants their hair styled a certain way before stepping out. While it may seem like all the hair dryers in the market serve the same purpose, different products have different selling points and cater to varying hair types. So, here are four types of hair dryers you should know about before purchasing one for your vanity set.

Ionic hair dryer

Ionic hair dryer
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These hair dryers use negatively charged ions to help dry the hair. These charges help break down the positively charged water molecules quickly, helping reduce the time required to dry the hair. One of the advantages of using an ionic hair dryer is that the negatively charged ions do not open up the hair cuticle. This feature limits the damage it could do to the hair as it dries the strands smoothly and sleekly. It is observed that the appliance does the job well even on a low heat temperature setting and keeps the curls intact.

It is usually recommended that those with thick and frizzy hair consider using an ionic hair dryer. This is because the drying time is shorter and it helps to prevent frizz.

Ceramic hair dryer

Ceramic hair dryer

One of the perks of using this type of hair dryer is the ceramic coating inside, which distributes the heat evenly. Also, the device senses the room temperature and adjusts the heat temperature accordingly. This is adjusted throughout the run cycle, ensuring the hair is not getting too dry or damaged due to the high temperature. Ceramic dryers are different from ionic dryers in that they do not produce as many negatively charged ions as the latter.

It is recommended for thin hair because it adds volume to the mane. Additionally, as thin hair does not need much frizz management, ceramic dryers are more suitable than ionic hair dryers.

Tourmaline hair dryer

Tourmaline hair dryer

This hair dryer type uses the properties of a semiprecious stone called tourmaline. Here’s how it works:
The tourmaline gemstone is crushed into a fine powder built into the hair dryer’s components. When this tourmaline powder is heated, cooled, or pressurized, it emits an electrical charge with negative ions. Not only does it emit negative ions, but it also emits far-infrared heat.

It is understood that this far-infrared heat locks in the hair’s moisture so that the strands do not dry out and look lifeless. The negative ions help seal the cuticle, producing frizz-free and shiny hair.

One of the things to be careful of when buying this type of hair dryer is to be sure of the attachment tools being used. Do they have tourmaline in the components or just as a coating? A coating can quickly wear off after some uses, so ensure the central dryer and attachments have tourmaline in the components.

Hooded hair dryer

Hooded hair dryer


A soft bonnet hair dryer is a type of hooded hair dryer that you may often see at establishments like a salon or spa. While using this appliance, the individual uses a bonnet that comes in the kit to cover the hair. The bonnet, or cap, is stretchable and made out of highly durable and waterproof material. It sits snugly just at the edge of the scalp. Its function is essentially to seal the hair in place.
A soft bonnet hair dryer is used not just for drying but for better hair conditioning and absorption of any treatments applied to the strands. Since the bonnet sits so close to the scalp and the hair, the air seals inside the cap, making it highly effective.

Another type of hooded hair dryer is the hard hooded dryer. These are open and do not seal the hair away, making it a better option for hair styling. These can be added to chair insertions or bought as portable standalone dryers. They can have different features like a self-timer and liftable visors.

Other factors to consider when buying a hair dryer

Some other factors should be explored and considered when purchasing a type of hair dryer for your hair.
Check the available attachments. Ensure you know how to use them and check if the ones you need come with the kit or can be bought separately.

Check the heat and speed settings and do a demo to understand how well it can manage your hair.
Also, check for warranty and durability. You don’t want to be left with a machine that does not work in a few months, so do not neglect this!

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