When you’re in the market for a new hair straightener, be prepared to hear terms like Ceramic, Tourmaline, negative ions, infrared heat, and Titanium. These terms are referring to the coolest technology in helping to eliminate frizz, limit hair loss through breakage, and for creating sexy shine. Knowing what they all mean can help you weed through what’s just hype, and what’s going to give you the most bang for your buck when it comes to your specific hair type.
The Anti-Frizz Rules:
- Try to use shampoo & conditioner that is paraben, paraffin and sodium laurel sulfate free. Harsh chemicals are the enemy of healthy hair.
- Always begin with either argan oil, or the best thermal protecting spray for your hair
- NEVER straighten or curl your hair when it is wet. When using ceramic round brushes, make sure that your hair is 80% dry before you get styling
- Vigorously towel drying your hair creates static electricity and frizz, be gentle
- Don’t wash and heat style your hair every day; try to wait two or three days between stylings
First let’s get all middle school chemistry on our hair
Let’s get into it, and I mean GET INTO IT. Past styling tools, past hair, past cells, past the atom, and we can stop at the electron. Things just got DEEP! Every atom has a certain number of electrons; ions are atoms or molecules that have lost or gained an electron.
All stylers made out of Ceramic, Tourmaline, and Titanium emit negative ions when heated, and when you add a heating mechanism made with these same materials, you get even more negative ions! Some flat irons even have a special part where their only function is to project negative ions on to hair for a super duper ion boost.ined an electron. If it has lost an electron we say it’s positively charged, if it has gained one, it is negatively charged. The way you can remember is like this; if you lost some money, you an be positive that you’re going to have to charge your credit card. Positive ions are caused by many things such as harsh chemicals, heat damage, and static electricity. When you put negative ions into hair, they neutralize positively charged electrons to get hair back into glamorous shape.
Shall we get on the same wavelength? How about an energy wavelength? A wavelength is the space between a wave rising and falling again. Just like an actual wave in the ocean going up and down the sea level. The list of energy waves goes from the smallest and the fastest moving to the longer and slower moving. Visible light is right under UV rays and Infrared heat finds its home right after red visible light, making it similar to sun light in how it heats, but without the UVrays. This means that infrared heat radiates with a long, chill wavelength that can get deep into the hair cortex party to mingle with hair’s natural energy while relaxing, softening, and/or drying (if you’re using a blow dryer) the strand from the inside out. As with negative ions, all styling elements made from Ceramic, Tourmaline, and Titanium emit infrared heat. This not only offers a mellower and faster way to dry and style hair; but it heats hair evenly, while breaking up the water molecules into smaller, more absorbable parts to create a protective barrier that keeps moisture in, and bacteria and microbes out. Ok, science class is pretty much dismissed, and we can move on to style class, where we can really focus on the heating elements and how they affect your hair and your wallet.
If you’re looking for healthy Infrared Heat and Negative Ion Technology, Ceramic is usually the least expensive way to go, but there’s a disclaimer: not all ceramic stylers are created equal. From your cheapest heating tools, to your most expensive, you can find appliances that are only ceramic coated. This means that the tools are made with metal or even plastic and then coated with ceramic. The more layers of ceramic coating probably means the more money you’ll be spending. Skip all of that, because investing in 100% solid ceramic plates from the start saves you in the long run with plates that don’t suffer from chipping and hair damaging hot spots like conventional hot tools. Products that use 100% pure ceramic are the way to go. You have to be a bit more gentle with these because ceramic is a softer material, but giiiiirrrrrlll, the difference will be in how long you’ll have that styler keeping your hair looking flawless.
- Thin to thick hair
- Normal to moderately damaged hair
- Regular use
Grab your coat and hat, because we’re kicking it in to high gear! Each anti-frizz ingredient you add to your products is just one more step to reforming your rebellious hair. Tourmaline is not a material that can standalone as a means to style hair. It’s a semi-precious stone that is crushed and usually fused together, or layered on top of Ceramic or Titanium materials to give you a MEGA negative ion boost. Adding Tourmaline to the ceramic actually makes for an even smoother glide so that there’s way less friction with hair than ceramic alone. This helps hair to receive less damage, need less product, and to get red carpet worthy shine. If your hair is needing some extra TLC, saving some extra dollars to get a Tourmaline infused styler is highly recommended.
- Thin to coarse hair
- Normal to damaged hair
- Regular use
Titanium is a hardcore way to stop frizz and static electricity before it starts. It has all of the fun infrared heat and negative ions that we’ve already discussed, but in a naturally occurring metal that is as strong as steel but 40% lighter. It is a powerhouse of a heat conductor so that your styler is the one waiting on you to get up on that hair. Titanium gets in, gets out and leaves your hair with a silky texture like never before. Titanium products might be better suited for professional use or for very thick course hair. If you have thin or fine hair and use a Titanium product, be sure to keep it on the lowest heat setting and monitor how many times a week you use it to keep your hair in check.
- Thick to coarse hair
- Normal hair
- Professional use
No need to get CRAY Ok, so by now we’re starting to see why some stylers are more expensive than the others. We’ve also discussed that you don’t need a machete to cut an apple; if you have thin to normal hair, 100% pure ceramic could be enough to get stunning hair. Tourmaline gives you an even added boost and is great for all hair types, and Titanium, unless used properly, most benefits course unruly hair, and professionals. The more fun ion inducing components the better, yes there are additions to the price but an even bigger YES to the benefits for your hair.