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Ion Hair Care

Definition: Ion

Need a physics refresher? An ion is an atomic particle that is looking to either gain or lose an electron in order to achieve molecular stability. It does this by attaching itself to the nearest, oppositely charged ion.

Negatively charged ions are found in many haircare products and tools today because of their ability to bond with and change the structure of the molecules they come in contact with. By breaking down water molecules into smaller bits, they allow hair to dry in a fraction of the time. Ions are also starting to be used in some haircare lines because of their ability to soften and open up the hair cuticle, allowing it to absorb more moisture.


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Amy89 Amy89 8 years
Thanks for providing such useful info about the ions. It is the ion due to which old chines people used the wooden made comb instead of plastic because the ions on plastic comb causes the hair to be charged and it is not better for healthy hair and can cause the hair loss. This the reason that some expert prohabit the use of plastic comb regarding hair loss treatment . I think such small tips are very valuable for the healthy hair.
cocomademoiselle cocomademoiselle 9 years
Thanks for the explanation, Bella! I get confused with all the information around ions technology in blow dryers: If ions help to open the cuticles of the hair, is that a good thing? I thought it was good to "close" the cuticles so that the hair wouldn't get damaged. For example, aren't the silicone drops for the hair intended to "close" and smooth the cuticles...? I am very confused... Or maybe we're supposed to ion dry our hair, put leave-in conditioner on the "opened" cuticles and then close the cuticles with silicone...? I have to do more research! Until then, I'll stick to my faithful 1900w blow dryer with "cool" setting on!
scissorz scissorz 9 years
i think this is silly...i'm pretty sure that there are negative ions in the air all the time. the assistant at my salon told me that the whole ionic thing was BS and she is an engineering major at uf so she knows more than me. most of these dryers feel hot but low in power to me...i can see how this (in the commercial world) would make hair seem smoother cause it doesn't agitate the cuticle as much. especially with those huge openings and lame concentrators...i don't know how you guys use those dryers!
missyd missyd 9 years
WOW gigill I found the exact same thing!! I thought it was just me.
gigill gigill 9 years
I found my mom's ionic hairdryer worked great at giving my silky strands at first, but after repeated use I started getting greasy hair! What's up with that?
tigerfire21 tigerfire21 9 years
This isn't physics, y'all. Just plain old 10th grade chemistry.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
This makes me want to get a new blow dryer.
mischo-beauty mischo-beauty 9 years
As always- thanks for breaking it down Bella!
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