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Wet Hair or Dry Hair; When to Use a Flat Iron

Every girl, at some point in her life, has to face the dilemma of whether to use a flat iron on dry hair or wet hair to get the most phenomenal straightening result.

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Even though you can straighten both your damp and dry hair, it always seems confusing to some people when to actually use a flat iron so that they can achieve amazing styling results without exposing their precious tresses to damage and burns.

To help your get rid of this dilemma, in this article, we have talked about in great length the advantages and disadvantages of straightening wet/dry hair so that you can choose the right method for your manes according to your styling needs and convenience.

Hair experts always suggested not straightening your wet hair because the hot, blazing plates of a flat iron have the potential to burn your tresses and damage them beyond repair. The hot straightening plates fry your hair strands and break them from the middle so that they are not only damaged but also look irregular and unpleasant.

However, with the advancement of modern technology, many manufactures introduced “wet to dry” flat irons in the market to make it extremely safe and secure for you to straighten your wet manes as well. Wet to dry flat irons, like the Croc Premium Titanium Plate Wet to Dry Flat Iron, comes with a steam extraction technology and several steam vents that evaporate excess water from your hair and straighten and dry it simultaneously to save time.

This type of specialized flat irons is designed to cut down your hair styling time, especially when you are in a hurry. They eliminate the hair drying stage after a shower and provide you the opportunity to style your damp hair flawlessly.

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Another thing you must know about straightening wet tresses is that only “wet to dry” flat irons are appropriate to style them. If you even try to use a regular flat iron, your damp manes will suffer from unrepairable damages instantly.

But, even though you are skipping the hair drying stage doesn’t mean that you won’t need to protect your precious tresses before styling them. In fact, as tresses are at their most vulnerable stage when wet, you must protect it completely before even thinking of straightening them.

We would suggest you to use a microfiber hair towel (such as this DuraComfort Essentials Microfiber Hair Towel) after your shower to remove most of the excess water so that you would need fewer passes to style your manes precisely. Also, don’t forget to spritz on some heat protectant spray like the HSI PROFESSIONAL Argan Oil Heat Protector to avoid damage even better.

So, are there any drawbacks to straightening wet hair?

Well, there is. If you continue styling your wet tresses regularly, hair’s shine and luster will fade over time and make it dull and brittle and unpleasant to look at. Therefore, we would suggest you straighten your damp tresses only when it is extremely necessary rather than making it a regular habit.

Straightening Dry Hair with a Flat Iron

On the other hand, it is always advised to straighten your dry hair. The reason we, as well as other hair experts, recommend styling completely dry tresses is that it is not only easy to straighten these manes but it also helps to minimize hair damage by several notches.

As like as wet tresses, you need to also protect your dry tresses before straightening them for the perfect results. Apply a suitable heat protectant before blow-drying them with your favorite hair dryer (we prefer this Remington D3190 Damage Protection Hair Dryer) so that there are no wet manes left to suffer from hair damage. Once the manes are completely dried, you can straighten them with a regular flat iron, like this HSI Professional Glider Flat Iron, to achieve phenomenal results.

Are There Any Disadvantages of Straightening Dry Hair With a Flat Iron?

Any heat styling has its fair share of drawbacks and flat ironing is no less. Even after you protect your manes with an excellent quality heat protectant, they will still suffer from some heat damages. It might not be evident instantly, but over time, your hair would become dry, brittle, and lackluster and would also lose its shine and smoothness.

However, if you take proper care of your precious manes regularly, there are high possibilities that you can avert the damages of hair straightening and enjoy extremely manageable yet well-styled manes all day, every day.

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Wrapping Up

Now that you know everything about whether to use a flat iron on wet hair or dry hair and their advantages and drawbacks, we are confident that you would be able to pick a preferable hair straightening solution for your precious manes easily. As both of them have their share of disadvantages, we wouldn’t make a suggestion here; you must choose the one most suitable according to your styling needs and preferences.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Hello writers,

    I am a regular visitor to your blog and I liked every piece of articles you have published to date. They are well thought off, well researched, and executed so nicely that it’s very easy and effortless to understand these articles, even for someone like me who doesn’t have much hair related knowledge.

    About this blog post, I liked everything about it. it is neat and clean and the choice of words is excellent. It is also commendable how you separated each section for easy readability. However, I think if you had made it a little longer with additional information, I would have enjoyed it even more.

    Again, it’s just my personal opinion.

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    • Dear Juana,

      Thank you very much for loving our articles so much. We are overwhelmed with your praise and feedback.

      The reason we kept this article short and precise is that we just wanted to provide the most relatable information to our readers. We didn’t want to unnecessarily make it long and bore our readers.

      We hope you understand.

  2. My experience of straightening wet hair was awful. I read somewhere that you can use a Wet to Dry Flat Iron on dripping wet hair and it will straighten your tresses in a jiffy. What wrong information it was. I came out of the shower and started styling my hair. I kept gliding the tool but with no visible results. After an eternity, my tresses were finally straightened.

    I was so disgusted that I kept my Wet to Dry Flat Iron aside and never used it until I came across this piece of writing. You described the using process so nicely and authentic information that I brought out the straightener and used it again. And this time the results were wonderful.

    Thank your guys for making our hairstyling process easier and more enjoyable.

    • Dear Trish,

      Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us. We are sure that our readers will be benefited from this.

      Also, thank you for your kind words. We appreciate our readers’ response.

  3. Hi there,

    I never knew that you also have to use a heat protectant on wet hair. Thank you for sharing beneficial information with your readers.

    Keep up the good work.

    Best of luck.


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