Tourmaline, Titanium, Ionic what does it mean?!

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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.

Product Reviews: HAI SST Tourmaline Hair Dryer

sb-00113-2t.jpgAre you looking for a hair dryer that is just as good or better than the T3, but at half the price?  Of course you are!  I put my old blow dryer aside and I spent the last month testing out the newly redesigned HAI SST Tourmaline Ionic Hair Dryer.  (StyleBell insider note: HAI is redesigning their entire HAI classic line of hair appliances including the straightening irons and the hair dryers.)  After using the dryer daily I am 100% sold.  The hair dryer changed the texture of my hair from frizzy and dry to soft and shiny.          

StyleBell’s Review
        
Very easy to hold and extremely lightweight – Think Lexus versus Volvo
        
Far infrared heating element decreased my drying time by half
        
3 airflow settings allowed me to get just the right amount of flow
        
Hair was noticeably stronger and healthier less frizzy
        
Price point was in my budget at $99.95  

Do you have a HAI SST Dryer?  Let us know what you think of the dryer.

A Curling Iron That’s COOL…

Question:
I need to find a good curling iron, can you recommend one?  – Vivian via email

Bed Head Tourmaline Nano-Ceramic Curling IronAnswer:
Right now I’m loving the Tourmaline Nano-Ceramic curling irons from Bed Head, they are some of the best curling irons I’ve seen, and I’ve seen plenty! The Bed Head curling irons have Tourmaline technology that generates about a bazillion negative ions, combined with Nano-Ceramic barrels to smooth your hair with gentle, far-infrared heat while they create curls. This translates into faster styling and longer lasting frizz-free curls without damage. I’m all over that.

I also am a huge fan of the fiber optic heat indicators. They’re not just cool to look at, they’re smart too. They change colors when you change heat settings, this way, you always know when you’re using high heat vs. low heat – what a great perk to keep you from frying your hair. (Don’t forget to use a heat protectant!)

If you aren’t sold already, this will get you: These irons have a three year limited warranty from the manufacturer. Most warranties are only one year, tops, and a one year warranty is great considering that it’s a heat appliance and you use it constantly! Some appliances don’t even have a warranty. Any manufacturer that offers a warranty that long is pretty darn sure the appliance will provide consistent results for an extended length of time.

State of the art technology for long-lasting frizz-free curls, fiber optic indicators and a kickin’ warranty? You really can’t ask for more in my book.

Swing by our Bed Head section to see the entire product line, it’s awesome. Thanks for asking!

-CurlyBelle

Flat Irons: The Truth About Tourmaline

Tourmaline Schourmaline – Is it Really Better?
Want to learn more about the benefits of a Tourmaline Flat Iron? Discover the truth about Tourmaline, you might be surprised at the wonders of this semi-precious gemstone and it’s super-smoothing abilities.

FHI Platform Tourmaline Flat IronFlat Iron, Styling Iron, Hair Straightener

No matter what you call it, a professional Tourmaline flat iron has become one of the best-selling heat styling appliances on the beauty market today, and a must-have for salons, stylists, and hair divas everywhere. Originally manufactured for licensed hair professionals, and distributed only to exclusive beauty salons and boutiques, a flat iron was once considered a professional tool coveted by the everyday consumer. Over time this increased consumer interest has led to widespread mass-market distribution and a very competitive marketplace, with an emphasis on innovation and breakthrough technology. Shown: FHI Platform 1.25″ Tourmaline Nano Ceramic Flat Iron.

T3 Wide Wet-or-Dry Tourmaline Flat IronFlat Irons Get Hyped
Almost overnight top professional flat iron (and hot air brush, curling iron and hair dryer) brands such as T3, FHI, Bed Head, HaiElite and BaByliss cropped up promising to deliver silky smooth, celebrity hairstyles in seconds, because of one semi-precious gemstone, Tourmaline. Supposedly well known in the beauty industry for its ability to generate negative ions, and with so much buzz surrounding Tourmaline technology, as a Beauty Editor, and flat iron lover, I decided to get the real scoop on this gentle gemstone. Pictured: T3 Wide Wet-or-Dry Flat Iron.

A Flat Iron Lesson
Advanced technology has enabled today’s woman to create every imaginable look from sexy smooth to silky curls with a flat iron. The enormous popularity of flat irons now leaves professional hairdressers with an ever growing selection of irons from which to choose. The various choices however, seem to bring an increasingly more expensive selection of flat irons. But why are they so expensive, and more importantly, is it worth spending upwards of $100 on a flat iron?

Bed Head Tourmaline Nano Ceramic Flat IronSilky Smooth, Somewhat Expensive

Tourmaline flat irons are definitely set at higher price points. The flat iron choices on the market have prices that range from the inexpensive gold-tone aluminum plate models, that sell for under $20 to the more expensive Tourmaline models that will set you back at least a $100, and usually more. Anyone considering purchasing a flat iron probably assumes this vast price differential results in a significant difference in both quality and performance of these flat irons. But should they? Shown: Bed Head Tourmaline Nano Ceramic 2″ Flat Iron.

HAI elite Tong 2Tourmaline Tech Talk

Tourmaline, a mineral prized as a beautiful, semi-precious gemstone, has become the focus of studies at universities and research centers worldwide. The reason for the interest is that Tourmaline is a natural source of negative ions and the only mineral to show permanent electricity. It is also known to have many beneficial properties such as relieving stress, and improving the body’s immune system functions. Great you may be wondering, but what does this have to do with the cost of my flat iron, and how is any of this helping me straighten my hair? Shown: HAI Elite Tong 2″ Styling Tool.

Tourmaline Flat Irons
When millions of tiny particles of Tourmaline are added to the plate surface of a flat iron the benefits to the hair are astounding. Tourmaline generates negative ions that enhance the texture of the hair and also produces far-infrared heat that effectively dries the hair from the inside out. This makes the excessive heat generated by the iron far less damaging to the hair. OK, a positive result is that my hair is exposed to less damage with Tourmaline. I can relate.

Aluminum Plates Can Be Damaging
Many flat irons have aluminum plates, but they are technologically less advanced, produce less effective results, and are therefore less expensive – unless they also contain Ceramic Technology – this is non-damaging also. Tourmaline plates are preferred by professionals because the surface is much smoother and eliminates tugging and pulling on hair strands, resulting in a highly polished look in less time. Obviously if a professional stylist won’t use a flat iron with aluminum plates on my hair because they consider it damaging, then neither will I. Point well taken.

FHI Technique Pink Tourmaline Flat IronTourmaline Is Quicker
Another drawback of flat irons with aluminum plates is that a hairdresser must often go over one section several times to smooth the hair strands, increasing the styling time for each client. Irons with Tourmaline plates allow you to get a smooth look much faster, allowing you to move on to your next appointment and generate more revenue in less time. Better results in less time? A professional stylists dream, and mine, all within reach thanks to Tourmaline. Shown: FHI Tourmaline Pink Flat Iron.

The Pros Know
Professional hairdressers know the foundation of every hairstyle (after a great haircut) is the tool a client uses at home to prolong the salon look. A Tourmaline flat iron is great for everyone who wants to maintain his or her salon style at home. Most clients trust their stylist, and will try to reproduce a salon look at home if they have the right tools. Of course any good stylist knows that a happy client will return, and more importantly, will be gladly recommended to others.

Less heat exposure, less styling time, better results, and the pick of the professionals? The choice is clear, a flat iron with Tourmaline plates might cost a little extra, but the minutes saved in styling time, the reduction of heat exposure, and smooth results more than make up for it.

For more product information, visit our Tourmaline Flat Iron section to get the scoop on these smoothing gemstone jewels.

-CurlyBelle