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Are you confused by new hair tool terminology—is it ionic or nano? Don’t know the difference between tourmaline and ceramic, or what is supposed to be the best for hair?

Industry experts offer helpful tool technology definitions to assist stylists when determining what tools will work best for their client hair type.

Irons and Dryers: Ionic or Nano? Ceramic or Tourmaline?

Dominic Barbar, founder of Barbar Professional Hair Tools, offers clear, yet scientific definitions on new hair tool technology terms:

CERAMIC — Uses: Curling Iron, Flat Iron, Blow Dryer. Ceramic technology negates radiation, making hair smoother and shinier. It can also help seal moisture in the hair.

IONIC — Uses: Curling Iron, Flat Iron, Blow Dryer. Ionic technology uses negative ions to neutralize static-causing positive ions, yielding less frizz while restoring moisture to the hair cuticle.

NANO — Uses: Flat Iron, Blow Dryer. Water molecules are broken down into extremely tiny particles, releasing frizz-reducing natural ions and allowing more moisture to seep into hair.

TOURMALINE — Uses: Curling Iron, Flat Iron, Blow Dryer. Black tourmaline stones help protect hair from negative energy and harmful radiation to yield soft, shiny, frizz-free results. Black tourmaline emits negative ions and far-infrared (long wavelength) heat, which collide with positive ions to reduce static electricity, close hair cuticles and minimize heat styling damage. Far-infrared heat penetrates hair from the inside out to reduce drying time.

Article from California Stylist & Salon - October 2009

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