Up there on the list of annoying tasks like doing the dishes and waiting in line at airport security is drying your hair. It's loud, heavy, and time-consuming, but for those cursed with hair that just can't be air-dried (I know the struggle, trust me), allow us to introduce you to ionic hair dryers. In layman's terms, they work by transferring negative ions to the hair, which attracts the positive ions in water to help the hair dry faster. Aside from the convenience of getting your hair to dry faster, this process helps seal the strands' cuticles to retain moisture.
The end result: shiner, healthier hair. Take a look at some of our favorite ionic hair dryers below.
Ghd Air Professional Performance Hairdryer ($199)
The magic in Ghd’s ionic dryer is the placement of the generator. Unlike traditional dryers, Ghd positioned its generator closer to the nozzle, meaning emitted ions easily reach your hair and lock in moisture.
Drybar Buttercup Blow-Dryer ($195)
This lightweight dryer enlists a 1875-watt motor for fast salon-quality drying.
Bio Ionic 10x Ultralight Speed Dryer ($295)
For the most impatient of personalities is Bio Ionic’s powerhouse of a dryer, which works to dry hair in as little as 10 minutes.
Hot Tools Tourmaline Tools Superlite Turbo Ionic Dryer ($60)
Three speeds, three heat settings, and a lightweight body make Hot Tools’ dryer a fan favorite.
Conair Ionic Conditioning Hair Dryer ($15)
Conair’s ionic dryer seems like a no-frills option upon first glance, but its incredibly quiet but fast-acting motor makes it a total standout.
Instyler Blu Turbo Ionic Hair Dryer ($100)
Rather than a traditional two-speed setting, this dryer features a dial for a customizable experience.
Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium Dryer ($82)
This small but mighty dryer is equipped with six speeds and heat settings for a shiny and smooth blowout.
Chi Touch 2 Touch Screen Hair Dryer ($190)
Not only does Chi’s dryer emit over three times more ions to reduce frizz and increase shine, but it features a super-innovative touch screen for speed, temperature, and ion control.