Should I Wet To Dry Flat Iron?

October 22, 2009

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.



{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

MissJ October 22, 2009 at 10:16 am

CAUTION Don’t do it! It left my hair with little white ball specks on the tips. And I used the Remington wet to dry flatiron from Walmart.

Alisha December 14, 2009 at 11:26 am

What are the “little white ball specks” on the tips? I assume it’s damage but how does it happen? What’s the real aftermath?

tahishia December 15, 2009 at 11:14 pm

i got a really good suggestion. try using ice water in a spray bottle before applying heat. make sure the flat iron is not to hot. i got this tip from a book that i purchased on a website that was very informative. good luck.

Dria February 3, 2010 at 1:06 pm

dont do it. it totally ruin ya hair. it breaks it and makes it more frizzy then it already wus

Shell August 2, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Could it depend on the quality of the flat iron? We’ve seen that in regular flat irons, we need ceramic or titanium. My question by the way is…which one is the best ceramic or titanium on natural afro 4b hair? Thanks.

Squeak August 5, 2011 at 10:17 am

I used one for a while until it broke. My hair was beautiful and shiny. I have a problem with dry hair though, so I don’t know if it really helped that or not, but it was really shiny and bouncy

Melissa August 30, 2011 at 3:15 pm

I think you should get a good flat iron to straighten your hair when it’s dry, I recommend the Karmin G3 Salon Pro which has tourmaline ceramic plates and don’t damage the hair like others. It leaves the hair soft, shiny and very straight. :)

Deneya Carter September 8, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Yeah that sounds like a bad idea to do to your hair. What I would do is let it air dry or maybe its better to use a blowdryer……..idk but flat ironing wet hair is a bad idea

Monica April 19, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Well Ladies, I’m here to tell you I do it and love it! I use an FHI Platform Flatiron on my hair which is designed for flat ironing your hair wet! My hair is long and healthy. It leaves my hair feeling like silk. I’ve done this for the last four years and I will never go back to having my hair blow dried, or sit under the dryer then flat iron my hair again! How crazy does that sound, all that heat applied to your hair!!! There’s the problem within itself! And yes, I am a women of color and my hair is natural!

brandi April 21, 2012 at 3:29 pm

@ Monica, what flat iron do you use?

Brenai June 11, 2012 at 10:19 pm

@ Monica, would you suggest it for relaxed hair or would it be too fragile?

EC September 17, 2012 at 12:20 am

Hello, i have long relaxed hair. I use the Mizani butter blend to relax it us the best relaxer i ever had and i will not use anything else. I do flat iron my hair while wet and i love it, it leaves my hair soft and shiny. My flat iron is the croc wet to dry, I also use a little serum and spray on thermal creations by Tressemme just before applying the flat iron. It works great for me and last three to four days before I have to wash my hair again. I also alternate and wash my hair and just let it be curly sometimes. I flat iron every other week or so. Good luck and do what is best for your hair and you. :-)

Mel C October 18, 2012 at 10:10 am

If you want the wet to dry flat irons to work, don’t buy the cheap ones at the pharmacy or big box stores like Walmart. Your hair needs care, salon quality care. I am a hairdresser 10 years exp. and here is what I suggest to my clients and they all mentioned super great results…Wash your hair with salon quality shampoo like Redken, do not rinse all of the conditionner out, leave at least 10% to keep mosturize in the hair and leave frizz out. Dry your hair with a coton t-shirt for only 10 minutes (replaces blow-dry) and a great way to reduce the frizz naturally. Spray your hair with salon quality thermal spray like KQC brand and then finish with the Avanti wet/dry flat iron Nano Titanium. Spray to style and voilĂ  !Really, it is all about using the right quality product. ;-)

Adrianne March 12, 2013 at 9:10 pm

i used the avanti wet to dry and honestly it doesnt seem to ruin my hair as much as just a regular iron. i never low dry my hair but i usually wear it natural but when i iron my hair i let it air dry and then flat iron it with the chi. my hair gets greasier quicker though, with the avanti it lasts longer and your hair doesnt feel dirty. it doesnt leave my hair stick straight but it leaves it with soft waves so my hair looks straight but natural. i personally like it better with it steam drying my hair, but then again it’s never good to use anything as a daily thing.

JC April 24, 2013 at 11:10 pm

DON’T DO IT. I used to perm my hair to get it straight and it totally damaged my hair and I lost all the beautiful natural curls I had. I decided to grow out my virgin hair and not relax it anymore. It took me 5 years to grow it out to below my braw strap. Last year I left out of the country and only took my wet to dry iron and left the blower due to lack of space in the luggage. I decided to flat iron my hair with my hAir wet. The biggest mistake I’ve done. I not only lost all my curls again, my hair began to break and I was forced to cut a big chunk due to the severity of it. I am now growing out my hair again and it’s taking forever. I am doing weekly deep conditioning treatments and spending a lot of money to strengthen my hair. I so regret it. Again, don’t take the risk.

Francois March 22, 2014 at 10:39 am

I perm my hair with a perm for children, what is the best wet to dry and steam flat iron on the Market.
Thanks for the nice and informative blog.

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