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.
Ionic hair dryers emit molecules with a positive or negative charge to dry hair. Instead of taking the air from a room and heating it like old-school hair dryers, ionic products use negative ions to shrink water droplets in the hair. Manufacturers say this helps wet hair dry faster with less heat damage — making for a smoother and shinier mane. Unfortunately, the science behind the claims is sketchy. There’s “little science to either prove or disprove this claim,” says Bill Nazaroff, professor of environmental engineering at the University of California at Berkeley, in a Wall Street Journal article.
- 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)
The … Conair Infiniti Tourmaline Ceramic Ionic Styler 223X has been named an InStyle Magazine Best Beauty Buy three years in a row (though we aren’t sure what criteria are used in awarding that status). It offers some of the same features found in many higher-priced blow dryers. It includes three heat settings and two speed settings as well as a cool-shot button; a soft finger diffuser, which allows you to get closer to the scalp for better hair-sculpting control; and a concentrator attachment, which is designed to direct airflow for styling purposes. The Conair 223X also has a removable filter to prevent lint build-up and comes with a three-year limited warranty.
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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. My blow-out regimen will be as follows:
- Cleanse thoroughly with a diluted sulfate shampoo (clarify).
- Apply ApHogee 2 Minute Keratin Reconstructor (strengthen).
- Deep condition with cool & seal technique (moisture).
- Thoroughly rinse with cool/cold water.
- Section hair into 6 sections (2 in back and 1 in front on each side).
- Apply Roux Fermodyl 619 to each section using spray bottle (porosity corrector/detangler/leave-in).
- Apply small amount of GVP Potion #9 to each section (moisture and wearable treatment/styler).
- Apply Aveda Brilliant Damage Control to each section (heat protection).
- For each of prior 3 steps, comb hair with fingers, then wide tooth comb, then medium tooth comb (detangling).
- Comb through each section with fine-tooth comb and set hair in 6 twists total.
- Secure roots with large doobie pins and roll ends on medium/large purple flexi-rods.
- Use tension method to blow dry hair to stretched state.
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.