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.

Babyliss: Why Porcelain Ceramic?

Babyliss Pro Porcelain Carrera 2 Hair DryerSure we know all about the benefits of Ceramic Technology, but why Porcelain Ceramic? Hey Babyliss, what’s the deal?

The Babyliss PRO Porcelain Ceramic Collection of appliances offers and advanced form of commercial grade Porcelain Ceramic integrated into the heating surfaces of their irons and dryers. 

Babyliss Pro Porcelain Ceramic Curling IronAccording to BaByliss, Porcelain Ceramic generates far-infrared heat, which is less damaging than conventional heating processes. Porcelain Ceramic’s superior heat distribution eliminates hot spots on plates and air outlet surfaces while negative ions reduce static electricity and assist in breaking apart water molecules, decreasing drying time. 

Babyliss Pro Porcelain Turbo Hair DryerPorcelain Ceramic, with its improved heat distribution and increased far-infrared heat and ion production, outperforms standard Ceramic. Porcelain Ceramic technology leaves hair healthy, revitalized, and shiny.

Better heat distribution and increased ionic activity? Sign me up for that!
To see more great appliances visit our BaByliss section for the entire selection of curling irons, hair dryers, hairsetters, you name it.

-StraightBelle

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

Top 5 Hair Styling Essentials

Every hairstyle maven knows that maintaining a great look takes a bit of inspiration, a little personality and some really great products and tools! Keep those bad hair days at bay with these top five essential hairstyling must-haves…who needs a professional stylist?


CHI Rocket Hair DryerA Quality, High Voltage Hair Dryer

You think this one would be no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at how many people are still using sub-par quality hairdryers. With technological advancements and so many great dryers on the market today at every price point, what are you waiting for? Depending on your hair length and thickness, you have such a wide variety to choose from, you’re sure to find one perfect for your hair. My favorite buzzwords: Ceramic/Ionic, Tourmaline, Professional, Negative Ions.

Some of the best-sellers on the market: BaByliss Pro Ceramix Extreme Hair Dryer, CHI Rocket Professional Hair Dryer (pictured), BaByliss Pro Porcelain Thermal Ionic Hair Dryer, Elchim Galaxy, Super Solano X Hair Dryer. See more hot picks in our Hair Dryer section.

HAI elite Tong Styling ToolA Versatile Ceramic Flat Iron
Also known as a styling iron, this wonder tool is one appliance you should never go without. Available in plate widths from the 3/4” mini though the large 2” width, there is a flat iron for every length of hair. Depending on your hair style and hairstyling needs, some models also come with curved edge plates that will create curls and waves as well as straight styles. There are also wet-to-dry irons that are great for those of you who don’t have the time to blow dry before straightening. Keep in mind that every flat iron needs a safe place for it to rest while in use, or cooling down. So don’t forget a heatproof mat…safety first!

My favorite buzzwords: Ceramic, Ionic, Tourmaline, Professional, Negative Ions, Far-Infrared Heat, Nano, Titanium, Silver. 

Best-selling Flat Irons: GHD MK3 Professional 1” Straightener, HAI elite Tong 2″ Tourmaline Flat Iron (pictured), CHI Original Ceramic 1” Flat Iron, FHI Pink Ceramic 1” Flat Iron, CHI Nano Digital 1-1/4” Flat Iron. See more in our Best Flat Irons section.

CHI 44 Iron GuardA Healthy Heat Protectant
You know you would turn your flat iron up to 600° if you could, but have you ever thought about what you are doing to your hair? Relax, now you can protect your hair as you straighten. Most of today’s heat protectants are loaded with good-for-you heat activated ingredients that don’t just protect your hair from the excessive high temperatures of hair dryers and flat irons, they actually increase the health of your hair as you style. The hotter, the better! Go for it.

My Faves: FHI Heat Hot Sauce, Redken Smooth Down Heat Glide Smoother, CHI 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray (pictured), Bain de Terre Shine Serum Anti-Frizz Recovery Complex

See more in our Thermal Protection section.
A Round Barrel Ceramic Ionic Hairbrush
A necessity for every hairstyle, and best friend to your good quality, high voltage hair dryer above is a round barrel brush. You’ll get bonus points here if you have round barrel brush that is ceramic and ionic. The more negative ions you can create while styling the better. With an ionic brush, negative ions are created from the heat of the blow dryer heating the brush. If you are using an ionic hair dryer also, you’ve hit the ionic jackpot. What’s so great about negative ions? They enable the moisture to be sealed into the hair cuticle, and an increased amount of ionic energy allows the brush to slip easily through your hair without pulling or snagging, promising smooth results. Plus a round brush is so versatile, making it easy to straighten or curl. Convinced? I am!

HAI Large Round Ceramic Boar Bristle Brush

My must-have: HAI Large Round Ceramic Boar Bristle Brush (pictured).

Depending on your styling habits, you can choose a brush with a smaller or larger barrel to suit your hair length and texture, but stick with a round barrel to help you straighten and curl.

See more Hair Brushes.

Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Styling SprayA Superb Styling….X
Please insert your favorite styler for the X. Whether you choose a styling cream, lotion, mousse, serum, gel or spray, you need something to help you whip your style into shape. From creating carefree curls, to gravity defying spikes, to straight smoothing, a good styling product will help take your hairdo to the next level. Hey, those spikes don’t stay up without a little help!
Available in a variety of scents and strengths, I just love to mix and match them together to create my own winning combos! Some top picks are:

Joico Kpak Smoothing BalmStraightening: Alterna Caviar Styling Spray Anti-Aging with Age-Control Complex (pictured above), BioSilk Smoothing Balm Silk Therapy Farouk, Biolage Smoothing Gel Smooththerapie, Joico K-PAK Smoothing Balm (pictured left).

Want more? Check out this Straight Hair Care section.

Curling: Bain de Terre Smoothing Crème Recovery Complex Anti-Frizz, Fudge Oomf Booster, Joico K-PAK Styling Creme Elixir, Pureology PowerDressing, CHI Volume Booster Liquid Bodifying Glaze. See more curl caressing concoctions in Curly Hair Care.

With these five essentials your hair will look like a million bucks and who doesn’t want that?

-CurlyBelle