Blow-dryer, ceramic iron is a matter of personal preference
What you need to look for is the cubic meters/hour (air flow) for fast drying. For example, Parlux 3000 hair dryer with 1810 Watt of controlled power and 69 cubic meters/hour is an excellent blow-dryer, but you need to consider its weigh and ease of use. Most manufacturers do not include the air flow ratings, but you can easily tell – it’ll blow powerful air rather than congested hot air.
The point is the way to know anything for sure about any new product is to test it along with a control product. My theory is with a dryer that is too hot it evaporates the surface water very quickly leaving the deeper water left behind for the time being is able to evaporate more completely as well as the surface water. The hair (which isn't very deep because the hair is not hollow straw, and if it could soak up lots of water, the internal pressure of the hair would split it open like an oversaturated sponge) will seem dry because the surface is dry. The water underneath will push out the cuticles as it attempts to evaporate, causing curly hair to get a little fuzzy, and causing straight hair to feel a little texture-y.
Ionic blow-dryer: It has been interesting to hear the differences in opinion, for sure. What I have found, is that other stylists (and myself) form a very definite opinion one way or the other. They either love it or are disappointed by it. The stylists who love it seem to love the philosophy behind it and the newness of the idea. The stylists who are disappointed are so, because they look at the actual performance. I am a performance, hard facts, experimentally driven sort of guy and I don't easily buy into anything new.
Don't waste your money on any of these ionic dryers. I have seen no results matching what they claim it will do. The majorities of manufacturers are more interested in telling stylists how they developed answering technical questions regarding how ions even help the hair. In the their class, they specifically state that no products are to be used in the hair when using their blow-dryer, because the dryer purifies the hair by vaporizing the contaminants off of the hair, including products. They claims that the ionic dryer removes smells, cleans the air, and imparts a clear state of mind, like when standing by a waterfall.....I asked if it would change the cat litter, too.....
Low cost blow-dryers: I used my Ionic dryers and I demoted it to "garbage-dryer" status after using it on clients, because it does nothing more for the hair than the dryer I was using. It did not dry the hair faster, it did not make the hair shiner, and it did nothing that I could see or feel. I think the whole ionic system is a crock, and I would not recommend any of the products to anyone since there are plenty of other better products on the market. I don't have any allegiance to any particular brand, but there are a variety of different dryers at different prices. If there is nothing you like, ask your stylist to get you a dryer in your price range. Another dryer I still have but do not use anymore is my ceramic-infrared-ionic digital dryer. Don't waste your money. My daughter’s hair is TR'd and it has not gotten any "healthier" by using the Ionic dryer or the ceramic dryer. Hope that helps you in some way.
Most of the really great dryers are Italian at this point, and can run up to $300 or higher. You should call the top salons in the world and ask them what they use, if you want an interesting opinion. What we use in North America usually trails sadly behind the innovative products used in Europe.
Get a Solano, Parlux or Aria, which are still the best dryers. Visit a salon and try it and discuss it with a stylist. TR or not TR treated hair the best way to check is to test the air flow. The hair dryer’s air flow is located on the back of the dryer; it is where the dryer sucks the air. Turn the dryer on high speed and place the palm of your hand on the suction. Do this by apply and remove motion on the suction - the stronger the suction, the better. Stay away from Ionic blow-dryers, at least for now, because most tend to get very hot and can cause damage to the hair and the scalp, and as a result it may have an impact on the hair follicle.
On Ceramic irons: A ceramic iron with plates that’s 1 ¼ inch wide, light weight, fits the palm of your hand comfortably, has adjustable thermostat control (preferably with digital temperature setting, instead of a round dial) to set the proper temperature for various hair conditions and textures. Bevel edged plates; this allows the plates to delineate the line representing the outline of the hair.
Always start at the lowest temperature setting and increase the temperature as needed for your Personal hair type and texture. For chemically treated, fine or damaged hair, use a lower heat setting.
Only lower heat settings are recommended for fine chemically treated or damaged hair. Higher heat settings are for coarse, healthy hair types or for ethnic styles. Of course, these are only suggestions. You will quickly find the right temperature for your hair.
Make sure to use a heat protecting product to help reduce and deflect the transfer of heat. Apply ID.CARE Heat Silk Lotion, or 2 or 3 drops of Kerastase Oleo Relax serum or Heat Glide and/or both; ID CARE and the serum evenly on damp hair, comb through, blow-dry 100%. Distribute as evenly as possible before ironing.
Armed with the language, we educate ourselves on certain subjects where we learn the fundamentals and disciplines related to hair. When we find a subject appealing, we want to learn more than just the basics, more than the fundamentals. We learn the disciplines – the proper mechanics. And we discipline ourselves to do it correctly. In essence, in order to master the subject, we do whatever it takes to own the information.
So, you say to yourself: “Where do I go from here?” I understand the language, and now I know how to take better care and to create beautiful hair, based on hair that is in optimum condition…simple, isn’t it?