The Heating Elements

The Different Heating Elements in Blow Dryers

Something I’m starting to wrap my brain around is things that apply to flat irons that actually touch your hair, can also apply to blow dryers which really shouldn’t come all that close. For instance all dryers have different ways of heating, and they now use materials just like flat irons to get the right amount of heat. There are plenty of options like ceramic, tourmaline, titanium, and more, and they all do something different to give you alternative results using similar amounts of heat and power.


Hair dryers that use ceramic heating elements work by spreading a consistent amount of heat throughout the hair without hot spots or uneven amounts of power. Ceramic actually gets into the hair strands and dries it from the inside out. It can dry faster and often requires less heat than other options because of the way it works. Look into dryers like the Turbo Dryer 3200 to see what ceramic can do.


Some of the dryers I’ve included in my list use ionic technology which is a great way to get extra body into your hair. The hair dryer uses negative ions that penetrate through to the follicles and bond to create better volume and faster drying. The end result is hair that looks smooth but full.

Some of the dryers that use ion technology allow you to turn it off when you don’t want extra volume which is an added perk when you’re styling. One great ionic dryer is the Elchim Healthy Ionic Hair Dryer


Tourmaline works in much the same way as ion dryers do. Tourmaline is a crushed up gemstone or mineral that’s spread across the heating elements of the dryer and infused into the hair. It then produces negative ions that give you a smooth but full look, and it also allows you to use less heat.

Tourmaline is often combined with ceramic, but it can also be found in dryers with titanium elements. While it used to be the most expensive option on the market, it’s now much more reasonable in price and can even be found in entry level products.
If you’re in the market for tourmaline, check out this professional Rusk dryer.


As mentioned above titanium can be used with tourmaline, but it’s often used on its own. It’s probably the newest of all of the materials currently being added to hair dryers, and it has some of the best properties. Titanium is best for people with problem hair because it can hold very high heats that are necessary for thick and coarse hair. If you don’t have a mane like this, it could be overkill because you’ll end up with SO MUCH heat on your hair.

That being said if you’re in the market for body and shine, titanium is the way to go. The power it offers combines with the heat levels to create a protective barrier for your hair. You can find it with items like the BaByliss Pro BABNT6610 Portofino 6600.

Other Options

There are other options for heat and control you can use with blow dryers. They’re less common or older technologies, and for the most part if it’s an old technology, it’s probably not worth bothering with. Blow dryers have come a long way since the use of plain old metal or plastic elements, and that’s for the better. The two can damage your hair and fry your ends like nobody’s business.

If you’re in the market for something a little different, options like porcelain and pearl do a pretty good job when combined with ceramic. If this is something you’re interested in there are options on the market like the BaByliss Pro Carrera2 Porcelain or the Remington Ac2015 Tstudio Pearl Dryer.

Different Strokes

When you’re deciding which hair dryer will suit you best remember we’re all different. This means you and I could pick totally different dryers and still get great results. That being said, you have to start with your hair type and go from there. After that, you can figure out what material works best for you.