The above is a question that I received from a reader named Angel via email about the recent wet to dry flat iron movement. Honestly, my gut was saying no before I started the research. In my mind, it sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. The claim is that a wet-to-dry flat iron is fortified with negative ion technology… which is supposed to prevent your hair from becoming damaged by the heat. It’s presumed that since you skip the blow dry, your hair will be less damaged by just using the flat iron on wet hair.
Since I never tried it, I went in search of some reviews. And there weren’t many to be found using google… so I hit up a few black hair care forums. The reviews I found on the hair care forums were pretty much 50/50. Some people said it was the best thing ever, and others said it completely wrecked their hair. I payed special attention to the people who had negative reviews. The consensus amongst the naysayers was that it provided “swang” and moisture benefits when they first started, but over time it lead to crazy amounts of breakage.
I did find a comment reply from Avlon’s President, Dr. Ali Syed, on his blog. He actually did an experiment after someone asked him about it. Check out his reply…
“…I was taught that one should not use a flat iron on the wet hair in order to keep hair healthy and less damaged.
I went ahead and performed the experiment in my laboratory regarding the application of the flat iron on wet and dry hairs. The results indicate that wet hair loses significantly more tensile strength and elasticity than the dry hair that has been treated with flat iron at around 390 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the usual temperature for flat ironing.”
-Dr. Ali Syed Link To Comment
Honestly, I don’t think you should do it. We know that our hair is weakest while wet and I just don’t understand taking the risk. If you want to reduce your heat usage, try skipping the blow dryer step and airdry or rollerset your hair instead. But you know my motto… “Do you sweetie”. Just report back with the results Has anyone tried it? Let me have your wet to dry flat iron reviews in the comment section… the good and the bad.