Can you straighten damp hair?

QuestionsCategory: Styling tipsCan you straighten damp hair?
AvatarTina asked 3 years ago

As far as I know, you’re not supposed to straighten hair until it’s absolutely dry. Is this so, and why exactly shouldn’t I straighten wet or damp hair?

1 Answers
Monica DavisMonica Davis Staff answered 3 years ago

You’re absolutely right – you shouldn’t straighten damp or wet hair as well as use any kind of an electric appliance on it.

The thing is, when your locks are still drying, they kind of soak the moisture they lack to restore the water balance. If you apply an electric straightener at that very moment, it will soak the water itself, and you’re going to end up with brittle, dull, and burnt locks. I don’t think that you want your hair to lose its shine and strength, so don’t jeopardize the health of your locks.

Although some manufacturers state that their product could be used on damp hair, I still believe that there is a lot of potential damage. For instance, some stylists say that electric brush that straightens hair sometimes may be used on damp hair as well as on dry one.

However, the instructions usually say that you’re supposed to apply this tool only on fully dry hair.

I definitely don’t know who is right and who is not, but I wouldn’t recommend straightening damp or wet hair.

Instead, let it air dry or use a professional blow drier, such as Babyliss Pro blow dryer. Although in that case, you’re applying extra heat on your locks, this is still less harmful than straightening damp hair. To reduce the damage caused by high temperatures, always use some kind of thermal protection, such as a spray, oil and so on. And always follow the instructions which help to select the right heat level for your hair texture and length.

If applied properly, an electric hair straightener will cause minimum damage to your locks.