Tourmaline, Titanium, Ionic what does it mean?!

flat iron

Flat iron, hair dryer, and curling iron technology terms have gone through the roof!  “This dryer has ionpialia technology” or “Get the latest in timonia torque” is what it all sounds to me.  Gibberish!  So I did a quick investigation of these hair appliance terms to help expose the true meaning!  Guess what I found – this stuff really means something and can do wonders for your hair.

What is Tourmaline and why is it important in a styling product?
Tourmaline is a precious gemstone.  When heated, it naturally releases negative ions and far-infrared heat, both of which benefit hair by reducing static and frizz to increase shine. Far-infrared heat is gentle and eliminates potential heat damage to hair.  This is definitely good!

What is Titanium and why is it important in a styling product?
Titanium is a unique metal, as strong as steel but 40% lighter!  It’s the smoothest surface available in a styling tool, retains higher heat longer and distributes temperatures consistently across surfaces.  The end result is less styling time and healthier hair.  I have been using a titianium plate flat iron and think it is definitely better than its ceramic counterpart.  Quicker styling time, higher heat, and a very smooth surface.

What is Ionic and why is it important in a styling product?
Ions close the hair cuticle and reduce the static electricity that dulls hair and causes fly-away frizzies.  During dry winter months this is key!  Ions also break water molecules into tiny, micronized clusters for deeper moisture penetration into hair, and hold the moisture longer for silkier and shinier hair.

Ask US! Which CHI Hair Dryer Turbo or Nano?

CHI Hair Dryers, CHI Turbo vs CHI Nano

Hi StyleBell,
I am trying to decide between the chi turbo and the chi nano hairdryers. I currently have the turbo which I bought 2 1/2 years ago. I am having problems turning it on so I believe the switch is about to go. I need to get a replacement but I can’t decide bewteen the two. Any advice? Also can I use the diffuser from my old turbo on the nano? Thanks!
Thanks,
Christina

Hi Christina,
So here is the scoop on both of the CHI hairdryers. There is actually very little difference between the Chi Turbo and the CHI Nano (hush! don’t tell anyone). The Nano technology is one of the major differences between the two irons. Honestly it is the handle of the dryer that has the nano infused technology. This allows hair stylists to prohibit the spread of harmful bacteria between stylists. If you are the only user of this hair dryer honestly there is no need for it. The Nano hairdryer does have one more speed setting and an extra 100 watts of wattage. If I were you I would just stick with the CHI Turbo. I love that dryer! If you do decide to use the CHI Nano yes you should be able to use the diffuser.

Thanks,
StyleBell

Hair Dryer 101 with Conair

Conair SilverBird Hair DryerHow well do you know your hair dryer? Conair, makers of some of the best hair dryers on the planet, answers some frequently asked questions about our favorite hot air blowing friends.

What is the difference between a professional dryer and a standard dryer? How can you tell if you are getting a dryer built for a pro?
While many dryers have the title “professional” or “salon” in their description they may not be true professional appliances. A professional appliance has several features that allow it to withstand the stress of daily salon use. The three main features are:

  • True professional dryers have an AC motor. This type of motor has a longer life than the motors found in consumer dryers.
  • The design of the unit will usually feature a narrow barrel to help increase airflow.
  • The cords are typically heavier and longer than those found on consumer units.
  • In addition they will generally not have an ALCI plug as they normally are not used near water.

What is the cool shot button really for?
The cool shot is used to set the style in place at the end of drying/styling. The change to colder air temperature helps lock the style in place.

What do I use a concentrator nozzle for?
The nozzle attachment is used to concentrate and direct airflow, giving greater control during styling. The narrower the vent on the nozzle, the faster the airflow. Concentrator nozzles are generally used to create sleek, smooth styles. Faster, concentrated airflow dries hair fast and fights that frizz!

What does the rear filter do?
The rear filter will trap dust and hair, keeping it out of the dryer. To maintain optimum performance and prolong the life of the dryer, the filter should be removed and cleaned frequently. Remember a clean filter leads to a happy hair dryer.

What is a diffuser attachment used for?
A diffuser attachment is generally used on permed or curly hair to dry hair without removing the curl or creating frizz. They are not suitable for short hair unless they have “fingers”. Volumizing diffusers have long “fingers” that help direct the heat to the roots to create extra volume. Conair suggests all diffuser attachments should be used on the low heat setting unless otherwise instructed.

Conair hair dryers are probably some of the most recognized professional tools on the planet! Hair dryers like the Yellow Bird, Blackbird and Silver Bird are the industry standard in salons across the country, for good reason, they are long-lasting and provide professional results time and time again. Thanks Conair!

-StraightBelle

Hair Drying Help: A Better Blowout

This video covers everything you need to achieve the results the pros get at home. From applying the products to using that little concentrator attachment (nice!) this is your blow-drying 101 lesson to getting those professional results. You’ll see some great tips on using a hair brush to add that extra sexy volume to your style too. Blow-dryers ready? Begin!

You might also be interested in reading this: Better Blowout, Straighter Strands.

Highlights – Hair Happenings Around the Web

Want to keep up with the latest buzz on all the hair happenings around the web? Yep, we thought so! Don’t miss these top “must-read” posts from our Beauty Blog Network of experts, they tell it like it IS!

Beauty Blogging Junkie tries out a Keratin treatment, gloss, and blowout at the Hiro Haraguchi Salon – and loves it.

Beauty and Fashion Tech reviews the Remington Style and Shine Hair Dryer with new conditioning technology.

Mischo Beauty loves Ted Gibson’s “Glimmering Gold” shampoo and conditioner in her weekly “Beautiful hair needs an expert” post.

Lipstick, Powder ‘n Paint tells us how to keep our coloured hair looking bright and shiny. Check out these products For coloured hair.

Dandruff. Yuk. Don’t worry, Lipstick, Powder ‘n Paint has dandruff solutions that work.

Styles from Fashion Week: Bionic Beauty covers Oscar Blandi’s creations.

Toya shares her hair-washing routine.

And just in case you missed it:

StyleBell uncovers What to Expect with Hair Extensions.

Elchim – The Ferrari of Hair Dryers

Elchim Uragano Hair DryerElchim Italian products are characterized by the unmistakable quality and style than can only come from European design. Elchim has been providing salon professionals around the world with products of the highest 1942. As an international leader in salon appliances, Elchim creates the perfect balance between power, performance and working time. Elchim’s high pressure technology provides higher air pressure which allows you to reduce operating time without damaging the hair with excessive heat.

Allure Magazine has selected the Elchim Uragano Hair Dryer (shown above) to receive the Best of Beauty Editors Choice Award. Elchim proudly accepted the honor of receiving the highly coveted award for being the “best hairdryer on the market.” Through consistent innovation, Elchim continues to meet the demands of stylists and consumers around the world.

Celebrating over 58 years of experience (WOW), Elchim hair dryers are designed to be long-lasting, easy to handle, powerful, and well balanced for comfortable use without fatigue. Each motor is specifically designed and crafted by Elchim to guarantee exceptional performance.  Made in Italy, the sleek European design and engineering craftsmanship of every Elchim Hair dryer has earned major national and international recognition and countless awards.

Well known and well respected in the industry for their light weight, durability and multiple temperature and speed functions, Elchim tools are expected to deliver great results and are informally referred to as the Ferrari of Hair dryers. They are famous for producing twice the amount of negative ions and drying your hair in half the time. Bellisimo!

-CurlyBelle

A Hair Dryer that Won’t Break the Bank!

Question:
I need a decent hair dryer but don’t want to spend $100! I want it to work as well as the expensive ones and have the same technology. Do you have a good one? -Margaret via email

Answer:
Sure and we have more than one. We carry a lot of great hair dryers at every price point. More expensive doesn’t always mean better technology, so make sure you read about a few hair dryers at various price points to find the one that’s best for you. Remember, when shopping for a hair dryer, you can find a lot of great technology that won’t break the bank. Here are some of my top hair dryer picks for your budget:

Elchim Galaxy Hair DryerElchim Galaxy 1800 Watt Hair Dryer – Under $75
Known as “The Ferrari of hair dryers” for being quiet and powerful, eliminating static and frizz, reducing damage and having a comfortable, lightweight design. This is one of the unsung heros in hair dryers. If you’ve tried one, you know what I mean.

Babyliss Pro Ceramix XtremeBaByliss Pro Ceramix Xtreme 2000 Watt Hair Dryer – Under $40
Why? Xtremely good for the price! Ceramic ionic technology coupled with gentle, far-infrared heat provides Xceptional salon-quality results for a fraction of the price. Xtended narrow barrel delivers Xtreme Air Pressure. This is one powerful dryer.

Conair Pro Silver Bird Hair DryerConair Pro Silver Bird 2000 Watt Hair Dryer – Under $35
Conair hair dryers are synonymous with quality and durability, and the Pro Silver Bird really lives up to that promise. Powerful, yet lightweight, this dryer has multi Ceramic components inside to emit millions of negative ions that smooth and dry hair without damage. It also has an incredible two year limited warranty from the manufacturer.

There are a lot more great hair dryers at your price point, you might want to swing by our Hair Dryers between $25 and $75 section for more product info and details.

-CurlyBelle