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Choosing a hair dryer is not as simple as it was thirty years ago. The advancement of technology has given the consumer many options. When faced with the choice of a titanium versus a ceramic hair dryer, the consumer must determine what hair styling results she wishes to accomplish.


Titanium refers to the metal from which the dryer elements are made. Conair Company, manufacturer of both ceramic and titanium hair dryers, and Marshall Beauty Supply report that titanium maintains a constant high temperature. Because the heat penetrates the hair and dries so quickly, there is less hair damage resulting in frizz.


Conair adds that, because titanium heats so quickly and maintains the heat, fungus and bacterial hair growth on the hair are controlled more than with the ceramic dryer. The result is a healthier scalp. This is important, particularly when purchasing a dryer for a beauty salon.


Ceramic, according to Aerial Beauty Supply, is probably the dryer of choice for people who dry their hair often. The ceramic coating on drying elements, like the Teflon coating on cookware, distributes heat evenly over the hair and will lower the temperature in response to the surrounding temperature, resulting in less chance for hair burn. It seals the hair cuticle, controlling frizz while producing more moisture, shine and smoothness.


Crushed tourmaline, a mineral, can be added to ceramic dryers, resulting in even more shine and quicker drying time than the ceramic dryer alone. Bacteria on the hair is controlled but not to the degree of titanium dryers because the heat fluctuates in ceramic dryers.

Safe Environment

The newest models of titanium and tourmaline ceramic hair dryers emit negative ions, resulting in a safer environment according to information included in the packaging.

About the Author

Rosemary Troxel

Rosemary Troxel is newly retired from 29 years of teaching. She received a B.S. in education in 1972 from Illinois State University and an M.S. in education from National Louis University in 1987. She has taught writing at the college level and has written professionally for one year. She is published in the book, "My First Year in the Classroom."