Peter Bravo

Dev Marketing - Dev Marketing
London - United Kingdom

    Ceramic Hair Dryer vs Ionic

    April 18, 2017

    Hair dryers are common tools for hairstyling but not everyone actually understands the various differences of hair drying tools in the market today. If you are not keen enough, you may not notice that some offer the ceramic type while others boast of the advanced ionic technology.

    How do you choose which one will work right for your hair and how do you balance that with your budget?

    Although there are various advertisements on the market regarding these products, still there are some who just cannot tell the difference between them.

    Many people struggle finding the best blow dryer for natural hair because of ceramic/ionic technology. This article will help them to make a right choice in buying the desired hair dryer.


    As their name suggests, ceramic hair dryers make use of ceramic materials either on its internal parts or as the main heating coil of the dryer. Ceramics are made of clay and they help diffuse heat evenly on the dryer.

    This way, the device does not have concentrated heat on one part and cold air on the other parts. Aside from that, it also prevents overheating of the tool so it does not feel too hot after sometime. Another benefit of using ceramic material is that it continues to retain heat even if not turned on so you don’t need a lot of energy to maintain the heat if you need to pause between usage.

    Ionic hair dryers on the other hand are those which make use of materials that help generate more negative ions than positive ones.

    One of the most popular material that helps generate an abundance of negative ions is tourmaline. This semiprecious stone, when heat is applied, is able to produce about 4 times more negative ions than regular hair dryers.


    Ceramic hair dryers allow even distribution of heat so your hair does not suffer from over drying on one part and partial drying on another.

    Ceramics also emit negative ions but these are quite small so the effects of those ions are negligible. Heat still plays an important role in the drying process so you can expect to have some frizz if you did not apply any protecting serum or leave-on conditioner.

    They can also weigh significantly heavier than most other hair dryers due to the ceramic which means using it for an extended period can make your arms sore.

    Ionic hair dryers on the other hand make use of negative ions in order to break down the larger molecules of positively charged water molecules on the hair.

    As the water molecules become smaller, some are absorbed by the cuticles and this in turn makes the use of excessive heat unnecessary. Hence, the dryer makes use of lower heat settings helping the cuticle to close or be sealed with moisture inside.

    Hence, ionic hair dryers will leave your hair looking shiny as the cuticles lay flat on top of each other while also staying hydrated and elastic through the smaller water molecules inside the hair strands.


    In terms of costs, ceramic hair dryers are often more affordable than ionic ones. After all, clay which comprises the main material for ceramics is not a very expensive product.

    The downside of this however is that you have to make sure that you don’t fry or focus the heat too much on the same area of your hair. You also would have to deal with the heavier weight of the ceramic hair dryer. Ionic hair dryers, on the other hand, can be quite costly.

    So if you don’t have the extra money to spare for an expensive hair dryer, you may end up with a poor quality ionic dryer and not get the results that you want. The good side of it buying a more expensive hair dryer is that it keeps your hair healthy and poses lower risks of damaging it.

    A lot has been said regarding the negative effects of excessive heat and styling on the hair and these had given rise to more studies in order to reduce these effects. Some of the most common added materials used to hair dryers nowadays are the ceramic and ionic ones.

    These two provide different benefits in terms of the effects on the hair as well as the overall benefits that one can derive from it. If you have a rather thick hair, a ceramic hair dryer would do whereas if you have finer or curly hair, ionic ones will be the best.

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