What Is A Tourmaline Hair Dryer?

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Hair dryers have come a long way in the last few years. With a focus on better hair health, advancements in technology have brought us the tourmaline hairdryer, touted as a quicker, safer way to dry your hair without the heat damage of traditional hairdryers.

Tourmaline hair dryers are becoming more and more popular, however, this new technology comes at a price. Tourmaline hair dryers are a lot more expensive than regular hair dryers.

But what is a tourmaline hair dryer, anyway? What does that mean? How does it work, and is it worth the extra expense?


What is Tourmaline?

This is tourmaline.

Tourmaline crystal source: Wikipedia

Tourmaline is a semi-precious mineral known for its ability to emit negative ions. This is important when it comes to drying hair, which we’ll explain.

The amount of tourmaline used in hairdryers will vary.

Some manufacturers break the tourmaline down into tiny particles, which are molded into the internal parts of the hairdryer.

Other makers just coat the inside with the mineral.

And some of the more upmarket dryers also use tourmaline on the outside coating of the dryer. It is pretty!

What is a Tourmaline Hair Dryer, and How Does it Work?

BabyLiss Pro Tourmaline Hair Dryer

Tourmaline hair dryers emit infrared heat and negatively-charged ions to break down positively charged water molecules. When the device is turned on, the tourmaline emits a constant stream of ions and infrared heat that dries the hair.

This makes for a much gentler heat on the hair during styling. It produces a shinier and less frizzy finish.

It also enables the hair to endure much higher levels of heat without causing damage.

Are Tourmaline Hair Dryers Better Than Other Hair Dryers?

Regular hair dryers use hot air to dry, which can be very damaging. Excess heat can lead to split ends and other hair issues.

Tourmaline hair dryers use infrared heat. This is much safer, with the added bonus of the negative ions from the tourmaline that helps to dry it even faster.

You are using safer heat and spending less time under the dryer. A tourmaline dryer is definitely a better choice if blow-drying your hair is part of your daily routine.

If you style your hair without heated tools, like curling or flat irons, a Tourmaline dryer is also the best bet for you. Also, keep in mind there are tourmaline flat irons like the FHI Heat Platform Tourmaline Flat Iron available!

The ions and infrared heat, even in large amounts, won’t damage your hair. This type of dryer also prevents frizz.

Are Tourmaline and Ionic the Same Thing?

Ionic and tourmaline hair dryers are different. Ionic hair dryers use negative ions to dry the hair. The ionic dryer actually shrinks the water droplets in the hair so that they retain the moisture from the water.

Non-ionic hair dryers diffuse positive ions that cause the cuticle covering of the hair to open resulting in frizzy hair. 

Tourmaline emits negative ions as well as infrared heat. This combination dries hair up to 40 percent more quickly than a standard blow dryer. But because of the tourmaline components, tourmaline is more expensive.

Note that some are concerned with the safety profile of ionic hair dryers.

Is a Tourmaline Hair Dryer Good for Fine Hair?

Tourmaline dryers are great at preventing frizzy hair. If you have fine hair that tends to be on the dry side, then a tourmaline dryer is a perfect choice.

However, if you have oily or limp hair, the smoothing effect may leave your hair flat and encourage oils to travel down the strands.

You may want to opt for a non-ionic blow dryer.

Our picks for Tourmaline hair dryers

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer 

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, Iron/Fuchsia (Renewed)

Though it’s the most expensive on our list, it’s up here for a reason. The Dyson Supersonic is a lightweight, quiet powerhouse of a hair dryer.

The motor placement is in the handle which makes for better weight distribution and more comfortable drying and it is very quiet compared to other dryers.

It uses what they call ‘Air Multiplier’ technology to create a high-pressure, high-velocity stream of air. It comes with magnetic attachments included: the smoothing nozzle and styling concentrator, which both help focus the airflow, as well as a diffuser for defining curls and waves.

It has garnered rave reviews attesting to the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer being worth its hefty price tag.

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, Iron/Fuchsia (Renewed)
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  • Ultra-fast drying. For fast drying you...
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This portable hair dryer is lightweight and comes with a folding handle, so it’s easy to pack. No need to worry about international voltage incompatibility as it comes with a dual voltage feature.

You also get a concentrator and diffuser for drying and styling.

Though it can be called a travel blow dryer, at 1600 watts, it is considered a high output hair dryer and dries hair quickly. You are not sacrificing power for portability!

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RUSK Engineering W8less Professional 2000 Watt Dryer 

RUSK Engineering Speed Freak Ceramic and Tourmaline Professional 2000 Watt Hair Dryer - Far-Infrared Heat and Natural Ions Dramatically Reduce Drying Time

Weighing less than 1 pound, the RUSK Engineering W8less Professional 2000 Watt Dryer is easy to hold as long as you need to, yet powerful enough for all your styling needs.

Infused with ceramic and tourmaline, the W8less Dryer emits far-infrared heat waves to penetrate hair more deeply, drying hair faster and eliminating static and frizz.

RUSK Engineering Speed Freak Ceramic and Tourmaline Professional 2000 Watt Hair Dryer - Far-Infrared Heat and Natural Ions Dramatically Reduce Drying Time
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  • Works well on thick hair
  • Reduced drying time
  • 7 heat and speed settings
  • Shock proof

BaBylissPRO TT Tourmaline Titanium 5000 Dryer 

BaBylissPRO BTTW5586 Tourmaline Titanium 5000 Hair Dryer, 1 ct.

The BaByliss PRO TT Tourmaline Titanium 5000 Dryer is ultra-lightweight due to its titanium construction. The well-placed 6 heat/speed setting switches ensure extra-comfortable handling and easy styling.

Engineered with professionals in mind, the high-torque 1900 watt motor gives the BaByliss PRO incredible drying power.

BaBylissPRO BTTW5586 Tourmaline Titanium 5000 Hair Dryer, 1 ct.
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  • Item Package Weight: 2.2 lb
  • Ingredients: tourmaline titanium

Take Away

To sum up, a tourmaline hair dryer uses infrared heat and negative ions together to give you glossy, frizz-free hair. The hair dries in a fraction of the time of a regular blow dryer, without the heat damage.

Tourmaline hair dryers can be more expensive, but if you blow-dry your hair daily, they are good investment.

Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).