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Ionic hairdryers are generally more expensive than regular dryers, but they promise more bang for your buck. That??s because ionic dryers are supposed to dry hair faster by generating negative ions which react with the water in hair to form smaller droplets.
The smaller water droplets will be more readily absorbed into the hair shaft and will also help the hair dry faster.
Good Housekeeping put those claims of faster drying to the test. By timing both ionic and regular dryers on the hair of volunteers with the assistance of the Mark Garrison Salon in New York. The experts looked at ionic dryers from Conair, Panasonic, Remington, Sharper Image, Vidal Sassoon and Revlon. The results--
We found that the ionic hairdryers really didn??t save that much time over regular hairdryers, maybe about a minute or so.
But Good Housekeeping??s testers say the hair dryers had other pluses compared to regular ones.
I found that the ionic hairdryer made my hair smoother and shinier.
The testers say the Conair Ion Shine 1875 outshined the other models for adding a glossy finish. Panasonic??s Pantene Pro-V was declared best for eliminating static and reducing annoying flyaways. Good Housekeeping found none of the ionic dryers did anymore damage to hair than what might occur with a regular dryer. I??m Edie Magnus for Good Housekeeping Reports.