Wet-to-dry flat irons...

CurlieTopCurlieTop Posts: 345Registered Users Curl Neophyte
Sorry if this has been posted before. The newer wet-to-dry flat irons (which are meant to be used on wet hair and apparently dry and straighten your hair at the same time) claim that they are less damaging than traditional flat irons. This claim sounds extremely shady to me, and I was wondering if there are any articles out there that prove otherwise. Have any of you used these irons??
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  • burgundy_locksburgundy_locks Posts: 2,420Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I've used wet to dry straightners (Remington brand) but I've never straighten from wet hair. First, it would take forever. Second, I also didn't trust that it was safe. The way I see it, it's like frying your hair!!! Like when you put a frying pan on the fire and you see the little droplets just sizzle and dry... Doesn't seem like that would be good on your hair.
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  • tinymandolintinymandolin Posts: 157Registered Users
    Avoid them. Hair stretches when wet, so imagine applying lots of heat to something wet-- well, it starts to singe, that's just what naturally happens. Now imagine pulling the stretchy, wet hair, while it's singeing... that is called breakage and very damaging! I think flat ironing in itself is damaging but to try and go from wet to 100% dry and straight? Definitely worse for your hair...

    I know women who love their wet-to-dry irons simply because they think they are saving themselves lots of time, but their hair never looks soft, never lays right, and sometimes smells like burnt hair...
  • CurlieTopCurlieTop Posts: 345Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Thanks for the info everyone :)
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    2C in back, 3A in front, fine to medium texture
    Last time I blow fried: Spring 2011
    Last time I flat ironed: Fall 2010
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  • anniemaeanniemae Posts: 1,702Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Avoid them. Hair stretches when wet, so imagine applying lots of heat to something wet-- well, it starts to singe, that's just what naturally happens. Now imagine pulling the stretchy, wet hair, while it's singeing... that is called breakage and very damaging! I think flat ironing in itself is damaging but to try and go from wet to 100% dry and straight? Definitely worse for your hair...

    I know women who love their wet-to-dry irons simply because they think they are saving themselves lots of time, but their hair never looks soft, never lays right, and sometimes smells like burnt hair...

    I have an expensive wet-to-dry iron called T3 Tourmaline - Bespoke Labs - Narrow Wet-or-Dry - Flat Iron (1 inch), and I LOVE IT. I don't use it on wet hair. First, I blow my hair until it is almost dry, and then I use the flat iron (my hair is usually a little damp before I iron it). But, I only use the iron for a few minutes on both sides of my hair. I spray a thermal protectant spray on my hair first. Unlike what the previous poster wrote, my hair is very soft, always lays right, and never smells like burnt hair.
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  • chelseatom_tomchelseatom_tom Posts: 41Registered Users
    I had a wet-to-straight straightener a few years back. I liked it overall and used it for a few years, but I found that it didn't actually dry my hair after a few uses. I ended up having to blow dry my hair, then straighten it afterwards.
    My hair is also really thick, so I ended up having to go up into one of the really high heat settings that was meant for wet hair -- which I'm guessing wasn't doing my hair any favors.
    The plates on my wet-to-straight flat iron also started to get some strange texture and color after a while. Maybe they were made out of a cheap material, and the top layer peeled off?
    It got the job done, for sure, and I got one of the earlier models, so maybe this plate problem has been fixed. Overall, though, I didn't think it was that much better than the regular straighteners -- so if it costs a lot more, I'd pass.
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