How Do I Choose the Best Wet-To-Dry Straightener?

Kaiser Castro
Kaiser Castro
Wet-to-dry hair straighteners eliminate the need to blow dry damp hair first.
Wet-to-dry hair straighteners eliminate the need to blow dry damp hair first.

A wet-to-dry straightener allows consumers to skip the blow drying process of their hair care regimen. These types of flat irons are especially beneficial for individuals who simply don't have much time to style their hair in the morning. It is important to select a flat iron with variable heat setting with the correct barrel size. Also be mindful of the type of material of which the flat iron is made. Also, select a straightener that has a detangling comb packaged with it, or one installed right into the flat iron.

Tourmaline and ceramic straighteners will ward off the formation of split ends.
Tourmaline and ceramic straighteners will ward off the formation of split ends.

It is imperative that you select a flat iron with variable heat settings. This is especially important when it comes to flat irons that will be dealing with damp hair, a stage of the hair styling process where the hair is the most fragile. Pick a wet-to-dry straightener that has a dial heat setting, allowing the user to change the temperature of the flat iron in a pinch. Avoid heat appliances that only have a single heat setting, as these are not efficient in dealing with various hair types and hair textures.

The barrel size that will be used will depend on the length of the hair. If you have short hair that easily wraps once around your index finger, then select a wet-to-dry straightener with a 1.25-inch (about 3 cm) barrel. Hair that is shoulder length or longer will usually do well with a 1.5-inch (about 4 cm) barrel. A 2-inch (about 5 cm) barrel will be able to create smooth hair to hair that is exponentially longer or thicker in density.

Hair that is wet will be at its weakest. Make sure to select a wet-to-dry straightener that is made up of ceramic or tourmaline material. These types of materials will create negative ions, which will seal moisture right into the hair follicle. Tourmaline and ceramic materials may be a bit more expensive than traditional metals utilized in most heat appliances, but they will help to ward off the formation of split ends and will help to heat the strands evenly to create a smooth look.

Select a wet-to-dry straightener that comes packaged with a detangling comb or that has a comb installed right into it. Wet hair will have to be thoroughly detangled before any heat is applied to it. Some manufacturers create wet-to-dry straighteners that have detangling combs installed right into it, allowing for easy detangling.

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    • Wet-to-dry hair straighteners eliminate the need to blow dry damp hair first.
      Wet-to-dry hair straighteners eliminate the need to blow dry damp hair first.
    • Tourmaline and ceramic straighteners will ward off the formation of split ends.
      Tourmaline and ceramic straighteners will ward off the formation of split ends.