Can You Use a Steam Straightener on Wet Hair

The steam straightener is nothing but a hair straightening tool with the most advanced features and types available currently in the market. Unlike the traditional hair straightener, it has bristles inside of it.

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As the name sounds, it uses steam to straighten your hair and theoretically is less damaging than the traditional flat irons. When using steam straighteners , you can not only get sleek, straighten hair, but also you can have super shiny strands as well.

The most frequently asked question about the steam straightener is whether you should use a steam straightener on wet hair or not. So, we have dedicated this article to answer this question.

Straightening With Steam Straightener?

Before getting directly to the answer, it would be better for you to know (if you don’t know yet) how the steam straightener works actually. This will help you better understand why you should or shouldn’t use a steam straightener on your wet hair.

Steam hair straighteners work as regular straighteners do – you place your strands between the plates, which are generally covered with bristles made with ceramic (in general), and gently pull throughout the hair to make it straight. These are the best for straightening curly weave

The only difference is here in the steam straightener. There are bristles on the plates, which work like a brush, unlike the flat plates from the regular hair straighteners.

However, steam straighteners use steam technology (alternatively called vapor infusion technology), where the steam is derived from the water to provide heat. You need to fill up the water chamber with water (of course) every 15-20 minutes. The steam released from the tool adds moisture to prevent your strands from overdrying and makes your hair shiny and healthy.

Can You Use a Steam Straightener on Wet Hair?

You probably have heard that any hot tool on your hair is harmful, and the damages can be more if you apply the tool on your wet hair. What about the steam straightener? The same thing applies with this tool too. Many wonder, why arent’t steam straighteners harmful to your hair if they use water as a basis for the straightening process?  The reason is that these tools have vents that allow the water to evaporate.  Therefore, no damaging water molecules are left on your hair to cause any damage. 

Now, another common question. If you can blow-dry your wet hair, then why you can’t use a steam straightener on it? Then the answer is simple. Steam straightener uses heat, and your hair gets direct contact with it. When you are using it on your wet hair, it will destroy your hair molecules too fast and burn your hair. This will also cause frizz and destroy your hair texture as well.

Morevover, we hear from the girls that they felt shocked while using a steam straightener on their wet hair. Moreover, it makes their hair full of static and makes their hair damp permanently.

We have seen that if your hair is completely dry, direct heat on it can cause frizz and breakage. So, we always recommend you use a heat protectant on your dry hair before using any heat tools. Some girls say in humid weather, a steam straightener works better as your hair does not become fully dry, and with the moisture, the steam straightener can make your hair shiny and smooth. But that does not mean we recommend you to let your hair wet and use a steam straightener on that wet strands. It is better to use a low heat setting if you are straightening dry hair, damaged or colored hair.

However, some brands say a steam straightener is best to use when your hair is 90-95% dry. But if you are into flat irons and cannot depend on the steam straightener, you can blow dry hair completely (100%) and use a flat iron instead. It will be a lot safer. Besides, though a steam straightener can add shine to your hair, you will not get volume after straightening with this tool. So, if you want volume or have thin hair, avoid a steam straightener.

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What Can You Do Now?

If you like to use a steam straightener, here are some important things to follow.

  • Wash your hair properly with shampoo and conditioner before using a steam straightener
  • It is better to towel dry your hair or let it dry naturally
  • Apply a heat protectant before using a steam straightener
  • You must split your hair into small sections while straightening
  • Allow the too to heat up before using it on your hair
  • Start styling from the lower section of your hair
  • Set the unit in wet mode. Choose the right temperature according to your hair type and the condition
  • Put the vent holes away from your scalp and hand to prevent burning. Steam burns are more painful than any other irons.

That’s all for today. We have included some other factors for your better understanding. Hope you now fully understand that can you use a steam straightener on wet hair or not.

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