Ceramic Blow Dryers Reviews

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If you are shopping around for ceramic blow dryers, it’s all too easy to become completely confused by all the technical jargon. But don’t worry, as things don’t need to be complicated!

In this review, we’ll take a look at how ceramic blow dryers work. We’ll also cover the advantages and disadvantages, so you’ll soon be able to work out if buying a ceramic blow dryer is the right choice for you.

How Do Ceramic Blow Dryers Work?

All types of blow dryers work by sucking in cool air using a fan. This air is then passed over a heating element which heats it to the right temperature. Finally, the hot air is blown out of the nozzle onto your hair.

Cheaper blow dryers use a metal coil to heat up the air. Although this does the job, there is one major downside. The heat produced by these metal coiled dryers is very dry and uneven, and they literally boil the water off your hair. This is why regularly using a cheap conventional blow dryer often results in very brittle and dry hair which is prone to breaking easily.

Ceramic blow dryers work differently. In a ceramic dryer, the heating element is coated with a special substance called ‘ceramic’ (which is a composite material often made from clay and other similar minerals) This special coating helps ceramic blow dryers to distribute the heat really evenly, much like the ceramic coatings used on pots and pans in the kitchen.

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Ceramic is widely used in hair care. In fact, you probably already possess a variety of gadgets which have ceramic coatings – for example, hair straighteners and curling tongs. Plus, most professional hair salon tools benefit from being ceramic coated.

But there’s a lot more to ceramic blow dryers than just better heating. Another major benefit of ceramic blow dryers is that they have “smart technology” and are able to automatically vary the air temperature whilst you are actually drying your hair. Here’s an example to explain how it works.

When you begin to dry your hair, it’s typically at normal room temperature. This means that the blow dryer will need to produce a lot of heat to start the drying process. After a couple of minutes, your head starts to warm up, as it’s being surrounded by a lot of hot air. Ceramic blow dryers can sense this automatically, and start to reduce heat output to help prevent your hair from burning. In essence, a ceramic blow dryer works exactly like a thermostat in a room controlling the level of heat to ensure the perfect temperature.

What Are The Key Advantages Of Using Ceramic Dryers?

Ceramic blow dryers dry your hair more gently by using infra-red heat, rather than direct heat. This helps to lock in the natural moisture in your hair, and also preserves its luster.

A ceramic hair dryer uses a thermostat to automatically alter the precise level of heat being applied to your hair to help prevent burning. By closely controlling the drying process, ceramic blow dryers will generally dry your hair faster than a conventional metal dryer would.

As a side benefit, ceramic blow dryers also produce streams of negatively charged ion particles which reduce the static electricity in your hair. Not only does this greatly reduce frizziness, but it also keeps your hair looking shiny for longer.

Do Ceramic Blow Dryers Have Any Disadvantages?

When compared to the outdated technology used in cheaper blow dryers with metal heating elements, ceramic blow dryers are vastly superior. The only minor downside to buying a ceramic model is that it will probably be slightly more expensive than buying a budget metal dryer. Like with most things, you tend to get what you pay for.

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But this price difference is relatively small, and insignificant when you consider how much time you’ll spend using your blow dryer. So it’s definitely worth investing in a ceramic dryer to protect your hair and keep it in tip top shape.

If your hair is particularly prone to frizzing, you may want to take a look at ionic or tourmaline blow dryers (we’ve reviewed these two types of blow dryers in individual reviews) These are more advanced types of ceramic blow dryers which are designed to produce higher levels of negative ion particles. This helps to combat more severe frizziness, as well as drying hair a little faster.

How Much Does A Ceramic Blow Dryer Cost?

The good news is that buying your next blow dryer doesn’t have to break your bank! There are plenty of different ceramic blow dryers available to suit all budgets – ranging from around $15 for budget models, right up to $200 plus for models with advanced features and more power.

Our Review Summary

To summarize the results of our review, ceramic blow dryers are ideal for you if:

  • You want to protect your hair and keep it looking fresh and shiny for longer
  • You have hair which suffers from low to medium levels of frizzing
  • You tend to dry your hair quite frequently

Overall, from our review we give ceramic blow dryers 4.5 out of 5 stars for value and effectiveness.

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 on 2012-11-21
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