The 8 Best Ionic Hair Dryers (So You Can Style Without the Damage)

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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, ionic hair dryers 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.

Best Overall: ghd Air Professional Performance Hair Dryer

Ghd Air Professional Performance Hairdryer

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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.

Best Budget: Conair Ionic Conditioning Hair Dryer

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.

Runner-Up, Best Budget: Hot Tools Tourmaline Tools Superlite Turbo Ionic Dryer

Three speeds, three heat settings, and a lightweight body make Hot Tools’ dryer a fan favorite.

Best Splurge: Bio Ionic 10x Ultralight Speed Dryer

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.

Best Lightweight: Instyler Blu Turbo Ionic Hair Dryer

Instyler Blu Turbo Ionic Hair Dryer

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Rather than a traditional two-speed setting, this dryer features a dial for a customizable experience. It's also incredibly lightweight, weighing in at less than a pound to prevent arm cramps during styling.

Best for Blowouts: Drybar Buttercup Blow Dryer

Drybar Buttercup Blow-Dryer

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If Drybar knows anything well, it's perfecting a blowout. This lightweight dryer enlists an 1875-watt motor for fast salon-quality drying in the comfort of your own home.

Best for Frizz Control: BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Hair Dryer

This small but mighty dryer is equipped with six speeds and heat settings for a shiny and smooth blowout.

Best for Damaged Hair: Chi Touch 2 Touch Screen Hair Dryer

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.

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