Regardless of how hard I try, I can never quite seem to re-create the shiny, voluminous blow out I get at the salon on my own accord. Then there’s the issue of time. Unfortunately, I’m kind of known for procrastinating when it comes to getting ready for the day. In fact, my boyfriend (embarrassingly enough) often tells me to be ready a half an hour or so before we actually have to leave, in order to give me a buffer period because he knows I’ll probably late.  Aside from my lack of skills and poor time management skills when it comes to getting ready, I’m also plagued by bleach-induced damage and breakage, which has led me to dodge heat styling altogether. That is until my hairstylist suggested that I make the switch to a so-called ionic hair dryer. Despite getting to test new beauty products on the regular, I admittedly had no idea what an ionic blow dryer even was, let alone how they work.

Basically, ionic hair dryers release negatively charged ions, which override positively charged water molecules in wet hair. Negative ions help water molecules break up into smaller ones, which results in quicker drying time and therefore, minimizes the potential for heat damage. Aside from saving you time, ionic dryers also offer a slew of hair-enhancing benefits, including promoting shine, sealing in moisture, reducing frizz, and retaining definition for curls and waves. Compared to traditional ceramic hair dryers, these next-level models are fool-proof tools to help you fake that coveted in-salon blowout. Here are some of my favorite budget-friendly models to test drive yourself.

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