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Infrared Heat Tools: Yay or Nay?


Have you ever stopped to consider just how advanced the hair care market is today? While our grandparents had to rely on incredibly basic equipment and damaging hair care products, today there is no shortage of product options at our fingertips, with choices to fit virtually any hair type.


Among these new innovative technologies, perhaps the most groundbreaking has been the use of infrared heat technology. Whereas styling tools of old applied basic heat directly to the cuticle with short wavelengths, infrared heat instead utilizes longer wavelengths that penetrate the hair shaft from within. Through this mechanism, infrared heat dries the hair from the inside-out, effectively preserving the outer cuticle layer from damage while also boosting dry time and providing more uniform heat conductivity throughout the entire hair.


While that all sounds great on paper, what kind of results can these tools produce in real-life use? I’ve used a variety of infrared styling tools, and I’m here to tell you that the results are nothing short of magical.


Blow Drying

If there’s one tool that benefits the most from infrared technology, it’s the common blow dryer. Length of blow-dry time often correlates to intensity of heat damage, meaning the longer it takes for you to dry and style your hair, the more likely you are to damage your hair and cause dryness. The issue is even worse for those of us with thick, textured hair, as these hair types not only take longer to dry, but they are also the most prone to damage and breakage. Thankfully, infrared blow dryers like the Sutra IR BD2 are perfect for cutting down dry time while preventing frizz and split ends. You’ll be shocked at how quickly your hair will dry, not to mention how much easier your hair will be to style and manage.


Flat Irons

Flat irons are every girl’s answer to sleek, silky-smooth hair…in theory. Anyone who’s used a cheap, poorly constructed hair straightener is more than familiar with the lackluster results that follow, whether it be uneven drying results, loss of shine, or worse, severe damage. Again, infrared technology is here to save the day! By using this form of gentle, even heat, flat irons are capable of emitting the most consistent heat possible while protecting your outer cuticle layer from damage. After using the Sutra IR2 Flat Iron, I was stunned by how smooth, shiny, and perfectly straight my hair looked!


Curling Irons

Last but not least, let’s not forget the trusty curling iron! As someone who loves to create tight, defined curls, I was fascinated with the idea of using a curling iron that incorporated this incredible technology. Thankfully, the results were just as amazing as I anticipated. Just as with the other two styling tool categories, Sutra’s Infrared Curling Iron not only left my hair smooth, shiny, and damage-free, but it also produced curls that lasted ALL DAY!



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