So, I proceeded to do some research while standing in Harmon in front of 4 shelves full of hair dryers (I know you shouldn’t love an inanimate object. I know this. But, I love my iPhone). I googled my Ion blow dryer because I had no memory of whether it was tourmaline or ceramic or ionic (Ion … yeah, probably that last one) or some combination thereof. Well, in my search, I came across this very informative (though somewhat discouraging) article on the “benefits” of “hi-tech” hair dryers:
via Consumer Search:
Today’s blowers offer a bounty of options, all promising softer, shiner, healthier hair. It’s hard to find a hair dryer without the words “ceramic,” “ionic” or “tourmaline” in the name, but critics are unsure whether these features actually make for a better dryer or not.
- Revlon RV544 Tourmaline Ionic hair dryer (Approx. $20)
- Conair Infiniti Tourmaline Ceramic Ionic Styler 223X (Approx. $35)
- Conair Infiniti Professional Tourmaline Ceramic Ionic Styler 213X (Approx. $35)
- T3 Tourmaline Professional Featherweight(Approx. $175)
- Featherweight Luxe (Approx. $250)
- CHI Rocket Professional (Approx. $135)
- CHI Nano Dual Air Flow Ceramic (Approx. $140)
- Elchim 2001 Professional(Approx. $120)
- Sedu Ultrapower Professional (Approx. $150)
As the search for a good heat protectant was what prompted my search, I was particularly interested in Mop Top Maven’s recommendation on this front. I hit pay dirt with her article, Going Straight for Winter, as she outlined every product in her straight hair regimen. When I read that she loved Aveda Brilliant Damage Control as her heat protectant, I knew that was it as I always read great things about this line and knew of a local salon that carries it. So I headed over and picked it up … along with the CurlyNikki approved Brilliant Anti-Humectant Pomade (I couldn’t resist even though I’ll have no use for it until Spring!!).
Back to the product search. Also in MopTopMaven’s straight hair product line-up were Fermodyl 619 (leave-in) and Sebastian Potion #9 (leave-in/styler). I decided to hit Sally’s as I knew that they had a GVP version of Potion #9 and thought that I’d seen the Fermodyl there before as well. Sure enough, I hit the mother-load here too and picked up both items.
So now, I feel that I am thoroughly prepared with both products, techniques and tools.
Products I used:
- Conair Infiniti Tourmaline Ceramic Ionic Styler 223X
- Ionic Comb
- Aveda Brilliant Damage Control
- Fermodyl 619 (leave-in)
- Sebastian Potion #9 (leave-in + styler)
And that’s that. It was a lot of research and store hopping, but I feel a lot more confident that I can do this without causing appreciable heat or manipulation damage. I’ll keep you all apprised of the final results and will have those product reviews for you too! Go team natural!
Check out my results, HERE.
This article was originally published on October 2012 and has since been updated for grammar and clarity.