Messy-looking hair right after a nice shower or bath is something everyone who has, or has ever had, long hair knows. The best way to avoid this, is an ionic hairbrush. And in this article, we’ll list the top 10 best portable electrical ionic hairbrushes!
Why does hair look messy after being dried?
So, the first question you should ask yourself when you feel like whenever you shower, your hair looks messy, is why it looks messy. Lucky for you, that’s exactly what we’ll be explaining in the first part of this article.
Hair has ions, both negative ones as well as positive ions. This is how it should be, and this is how it is. It makes our hair look natural, soft, good, basically, exactly as we want it to look.
But certain actions, such as brushing your hair or drying it with a towel, remove the negative ions from your hair. This, in turn, results in all the different strands of hair repelling each other due to their solely positive load. And that is exactly why our hair sometimes looks messy, chaotic, or unkempt right after drying it!
How can we stop hair from looking messy?
If what you read above makes you feel like there is no hope left whatsoever for your hair, don’t panic. There is a solution to this, and in all honestly, it’s rather simple.
If the problem is that we’re removing the negative ions from our hair, the solution, of course, is to simply add them again! “But hey, how can we add negative ions to our hair?” you could ask us. Well, that’s also really simple.
By using an Ionic Hairbrush, you can reactivate the negative ions in your hair. That, in turn, makes it so your hair is neutrally loaded again, and fixes the problem we explained earlier!
What are ionic hairbrushes?
Ionic hairbrushes are, as the name suggests, hairbrushes which activate the negative ions in your hair using heat. This means they need electricity to do what they’re supposed to do! They -mostly- look like normal hairbrushes as you would use to brush your hair, with a few differences.
The first difference is the bristles. The bristles on normal hairbrushes are often made of soft, or sometimes rough hairs or plastic, whereas the ones on an ionic hairbrush are made of heat-conducting materials like, for example, ceramic, combined with air vents inside the bristles. This is because the bristles need to be able to hold and send forth the heat into your hair that’s needed to activate the negative ions.
The second big difference, which we shortly mentioned earlier, is that ionic hairbrushes require electricity to work. This means that they need a power cord, which limits how, and mostly where, it can be used. Except when using a portable version, of course! And that’s exactly what this article about. But more on that later!
Why use ionic hairbrushes?
Well, first and foremost because it’s more efficient in making your hair look better. The fact that they activate the negative ions in your hair, making your hair neutral, is already enough of a reason to get an ionic hairbrush on its own. But that’s not the only reason. For those of you who still aren’t completely convinced, we’ll be listing a few other reasons to consider getting an ionic hairbrush.
First of all, they will make your hair look more smooth on top of less frizzy and without flyaways. This is because using an ionic hairbrush keeps your hair hydrated by activating the negative ions, which seals the hair.
Another benefit of using an ionic hairbrush is that it will help to close split ends! Again, because it activates negative ions and makes your hairs neutral.
The last extra benefit we’ll talk about here is that they reduce the time it takes to dry your hair. Note though, you should not use an ionic hairbrush on completely wet hair. Use it on damp hair, that is already (almost) dry. The remaining wetness of your hair will be removed because of the way the hairbrush works!
What to look out for when buying an ionic hairbrush?
Well, the answer to this last question really depends on how you want to use it, and what you want to use it for.
If you want to use it after you shower to help brush your hair and tame its wildness, you should consider getting a bigger one, with more power. If, however, you want to use it at a hotel room, or want to take it with you when traveling, getting a lighter, smaller, more portable type might be a good idea.
And that’s what this article is all about! Down below we’ll be listing our top 10 picks for the best portable ionic hairbrushes!
1. MOGOI Mini Ionic Hair Brush
As its name suggests, the MOGOI is a small, pocket-sized ionic hairbrush you can take with you wherever you go. It’s not only a mini Ionic hairbrush, it also double-functions as a scalp massager. That means that, while you’re brushing your hair in all certainty that it won’t be all frizzy when you’re done, you’ll also be getting more and more relaxed every second! It could even ease fatigue and improve your sleep quality! The best part about it? It is small enough to fit inside your pocket, and be used anywhere because it doesn’t need a power cord! It works on batteries, making it the ultimate on-the-go ionic hair brush!
2. TYMO Ionic Brush and Hair Straightener 2in1
The TYMO is a bit more advanced than the MOGOI we mentioned earlier, but that’s because it serves a quite different purpose. Where the MOGOI is perfect for on-the-go brushing, the TYMO is more suited to be taken on, say, holidays. It is bigger, but still perfectly portable, and comes with a ton of extra features which make its slightly larger size completely worth it! It has a screen which displays the current temperature the brush is working at, has a whopping 16(!) temperature settings, works with an anti-scald feature (no more burns!), and also massages the scalp slightly, just like the MOGOI! On top of all that, it has a double-strength ionic generator, making it one of the strongest brushes on this list! Also, like the name suggests, it double-functions as a hair straightener!
3. Ionic Hair Straightener Brush (by Bellaelegance)
This ionic hair brush (by bellaelegance) is another brush on this list that’s not necessarily pocket-sized, but rather take-me-on-holiday-with-you-size (almost 8 inches). Just like the TYMO it comes with anti-scalding features as well as a screen where you can see what temperature you’re currently working with. It also has a quick-heating mechanism, making it so the brush can reach temperatures of up to 450°F (230°C) in only 40 seconds! Of course, like all other brushes on this list, it activates negative ions in your hair, making it the perfect anti-frizz brush! Also, it has a 360° turning electrical cord, making it easy to work in whatever kind of bathroom you have in your hotel room!
4. PHOEBE Mini Travel Curling Iron Hair Brush
Another larger, but still small, brush on our list is the PHOEBE. As its name suggests, its size makes it perfectly suitable for traveling. It works with ionic technologies to activate the negative ions in your hair, as all other ones on this list, has anti-scalding technology, and is equipped with a fast heating up system which heats the brush up to its maximum 390°F in 60 seconds. Do note, however, that said 390°F is not just the maximum. The brush will constantly be working on said heat, and the heat cannot be controlled. Just like the Bellaelegance, it has a 360° power cord as well. This one is different in the way that, where the Bellaelegance and the TYMO were straightening irons, this is a curling iron brush. So if that’s more like what you were looking for, you have found it!
5. BONTIME One Step Hair Dryer and Brush
The BONTIME is a special case on our list. It looks like the ionic brushes that work on batteries that we have in this list, but itself does not work with batteries. It uses a power cord, making it less perfect for on-the-go usage, but still suited for traveling. The way in which it is different, is that, on top of being an ionic hair brush, it also functions as a hair dryer. Whereas the other ionic brushes on our list are not suited for wet hair, but mostly for damp or dry hair, the BONTIME can be used to both style or brush your hair with the ionic technologies, on top of using it to dry your hair with it as well. It works with infrared technology combined with the ionic technologies, and has two speed settings.
6. EMMMSUN Hair Brush, Anti-Static Vibrating Comb
The EMMMSUN is the second battery-operated ionic hair brush on this list. It’s small enough to fit perfectly into your handbag or backpack without taking up too much space, making it one of the best on-the-go brushes on this list. This does mean that its ionic technologies are not as high as the brushes with power cords on this list. It double-functions as a scalp massager as well, just like some other entries on this list, making it not just good for your hair, but also for your health, as it has relaxing capabilities on top of its hair-healing capabilities. It’s easily washable as well, despite it being battery-operated. Its small size combined with its functions do make it one of the better and smaller options in our top 10!
7. Heitaisi Portable Ionic Hairbrush
This is another tiny, battery-operated ionic hair brush. Its size is about the same as the EMMMSUN’s size, and it has mostly the same functions. It works as a scalp massager to help you relax and chill, it works with ionic technologies to heal your hair, keep it healthy, and help it to keep its beauty, shine, and smoothness. It ships in two colors, pink and green, and fits perfectly in a handbag or backpack. Also note, all of the brushes on this list, when not being used with a power cord or batteries, can still be used as normal brushes. The battery-operated ones are, with their small sizes, perfectly suited for this!
8. JINRI 3-in-1 Hair Dryer, Volumizer, and Negative Ion Brush
The Jinri is the second brush of this type on our list, following the smaller but more compact BONTIME. It functions as a hair dryer, a volumizer, and a negative brush, all at the same time. This makes it so that, while drying your hair, you’ll also be combing it, volumizing it, and activating the negative ions in it, which will then keep your hair healthy and looking smooth. It’s the most advanced one in this list, since on top of all that, it also is a curling iron. It has the most different functions, and does these functions surprisingly well for its price-category and size. Its size is not the smallest on this list, and it does need a power cord to work, but its still compact enough to be easy to take on holiday with you without taking up too much space in your bags!
9. Leinuosen Portable Ionic Hair Brush Detangler
The Leinuosen is the last battery-operated ionic hair brush on this list. It’s small and compact, making it perfect for on-the-go usage and it fits perfectly in your bag. It has a little LED light which will turn on when the ionizing function is active, making it easy to use, as well as a massaging function like most of the other entries on this list. It also works as a detangler since it’s got strong bristles. The brush itself is also removable, making it easy to clean without damaging the battery or other electrical components. We also have to note, this one looks most stylish of all the battery-operated brushes we have on this list due to its matte finish!
10. KINGDOMCARES Hair Straightener Ionic Hair Brush
The KINGDOMCARES is the last entry on our list. It’s another ionic hair brush that needs a power cord to function, but is still suited for travel due to its compact and small size. It fits perfectly in travel bags, and has a 360° rotating power cord, making it suitable for any kind of environment where you have an electrical socket. It functions as both an ionic hair brush and a hair straightener, and comes with 6 temperature levels, making it suitable for almost any kind of hair. Its maximum temperature is 395°F, and it heats up to this within seconds due to its quick heating mechanism. The temperature is manually controllable, and it has an LED screen to display what you’re currently working on as well!
After having reviewed these 10 ionic hair brushes, we can distinctly see two different types of brushes. On the one hand we have the ones that work on batteries, and on the other hand we have the ones that require an electrical socket. For the battery-operated category, we don’t think there’s too much of a difference. All of them really do the same thing, mostly in the same way and with the same functions.
For this category, we recommend you just get whichever one you think would suit your needs best. For the ones with the power cords, we think the best option is either the BONTIME or the JINRI. They have the most functionality, and do what they do in the best way possible, all while still looking good too. If you’re looking for something really small with a power cord, go for the BONTIME, if you don’t mind your ionic hair brush being a tad bit bigger, the JINRI should be perfect for you. Happy brushing!