Who has time to blow dry and flat iron their hair all the time? I don’t, that’s for sure. Since I’m barely human in the mornings, I knew I had to find a way to cut down on my styling time so I can get out the door on time without looking like a mad scientist.
That’s how my quest to find the best wet to dry hair straightener began – read on to see where it took me.
We’ll be reviewing the following flat irons in this article:
- Remington Wet2Straight Ceramic + Titanium 1 3/4″ Flat Iron
- José Eber Wet & Dry 1 1/2″ Flat Iron Straightener
- Ovonni Nano Titanium Wet and Dry 1 3/4″ Hair Straightener
What Is A Wet To Dry Hair Straightener?
A wet to dry flat iron works and looks just like a regular hair straightening iron, with the exception that you don’t have to have completely dry hair to use it.
Vents built into the casing allows steam to escape, ridding your hair of excess moisture and drying it while you straighten. It’s a great tool that you can use on dry hair too, giving you lots of flexibility for both when you do and when you don’t have time to dry your locks before straightening.
Will It Work On All Hair Types?
This is where it gets a little dicey. If your hair isn’t too naturally curly or wavy, you’ll generally get good results. Some people find that straightening damp hair actually causes it to frizz rather than smooth out, so it is somewhat dependent on your hair type and how it handles moisture and heat.
Top 3 Wet To Dry Flat Iron Reviews
The Remington Wet2Straight Flat Iron has been around for many years and is a popular choice. It’s a well-known brand, is reasonably-priced, and has stood the test of time. The older version had tourmaline ceramic plates, while the latest one is made with ceramic and titanium.
Generally speaking, wider plates are more efficient if you’re using a wet to dry straightener since the added width helps cover more surface area. The Wet2Straight comes in 2 widths – 1” and 1 ¾” – so you do have the choice of a standard 1” if you prefer.
You can adjust the heat settings with a control dial located on the inside of the iron, and it heats up in under 30 seconds.
The key to good results is making sure your tresses are damp and not dripping wet, as well as ensuring you have a consistent glide down the length of your hair. It does require multiple passes if you’re trying to get your locks really straight, so just know that it might not save you that much time.
That said, I think this is a pretty solid product for the price – you’re able to straighten both wet and dry hair without breaking the bank.
- Available in 1” and 1 ¾” widths
- 30 adjustable heat settings
- Auto shut-off after 60 min
- Quick heat up
- Takes multiple passes to get hair pin straight
- Build feels kind of cheap
The José Eber Wet & Dry 1 ½” Flat Iron is another popular wet to dry straightener, and for good reason. It has a nice ergonomic design, is lightweight, and even comes with a manufacturer’s lifetime warranty.
The floating plates are made with tourmaline ceramic for superior frizz control and snag-free gliding. Keeping frizz to a minimum is something naturally curly gals are always working on, and this one definitely helps with that.
It also helps seal moisture into your locks, leaving hair less brittle and more soft.
Flyaways are also minimized so everything looks sleek and in place. You can even use this straightener on natural hair or extensions, too. It’s also effective at creating nice beachy waves if you want something bouncier and more voluminous.
The wet to dry function works pretty impressively, giving you soft, silky hair with fairly little work. Remember to towel-dry your tresses so they’re just damp instead of soaking wet, and always use heat protectant before flat ironing.
The temperature controls are located on the outside near the base, and small lights on the side indicate what temperature you’ve set it to. It also has a 360° swivel cord, and is dual voltage.
One thing to be careful of is not to get it too close to your head if you’re using it on wet hair because the vents are located on the side edges. It can get too hot to hold near your scalp.
- Tames frizz and is able to straighten curls effectively
- Dual-voltage compatibility
- Negative ion technology leaves hair shiny and soft
- Light and comfortable grip
- Adjustable heat settings from 265°F to 450°F
- Temperature read out is in Celsius
- Can take a while to heat up
There are so many off-brand straighteners on the market these days, so I was a bit skeptical when checking out the Ovonni 1 ¾” Wet and Dry Hair Straightener. You never know if an unknown brand is going to be a case of “you get what you pay for”, so it’s always nerve-wracking to take the plunge.
In this case, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality and results. The Ovonni is a titanium-plated flat iron that uses MCH (Metal Ceramic Heater) technology, as opposed to the more typical PTC (Positive Temperature Coefficient) technology used in most flat irons.
MCH has faster recovery time, which means the plates are able to stay at the set temperature more consistently, reducing the amount of time needed to style.
It has adjustable heat settings via a control dial, a good length swivel cord, and a nice streamlined body. I wish the space between the plates was a bit wider in the open position, but I guess the set up forces you to use smaller sections of hair at a time, which will give you better results.
I also went ahead and did the “curl test” and found that it made pretty decent curls. I think the José Eber is the best for curling, but you can still create some nice waves with the Ovonni too.
- Adjustable heat settings up to 450°F
- Heats up in no time (less than 20s)
- MCH technology allows faster heat recovery for more efficient straightening
- Impressive features for the price
- 360° tangle-free swivel cord
- Unknown longevity due to newer brand
Will A Wet To Dry Flat Iron Straighten As Well As a Standard One?
In sum? Yes, it does, for the most part. However, there is no substitute for “the real McCoy.”
A wet to dry iron is ideal for those days that you just don’t have the time to wait til your hair is completely dry. You should never use a regular flat iron on anything but dry hair or you may risk serious damage to it.
For all my girls with REALLY curly or kinky hair: you may still need to blow-dry with a brush first for best results.
How Does a Wet To Dry Flat Iron Work?
If you use a wet to dry flat iron for the first time, the first thing you’re going to hear is the sizzle of damp hair on hot plates.
It can be a bit disconcerting, but don’t worry – that’s just the steam coming off your strands, not the sound of your tresses being fried. wet to dry straighteners feature a ventilation system which lets excess moisture escape as it dries and straightens at the same time.
Other than that, it’s the same as a regular flat iron, and can be used the same way.
Can You Use One on Dry Hair?
Yes, these straighteners are okay for use on either wet hair or dry hair. As always, I recommend using a heat protectant to keep the heat from damaging your tresses.
Tips for Using a Wet To Dry Straightener
- Towel dry hair as much as possible before straightening
- Apply heat protectant thoroughly and evenly before styling
- Use the proper heat setting for your hair type (300℉-335℉ for fine, thin or normal hair, 335℉-375℉ for wavy or curly hair, 375℉-450℉ for coarse or thick hair)
- Glide slowly and evenly for best results and avoid too many passes over the same section
And The Winner Is…
For me, it’s a toss-up between the tried-and-true Remington Wet2Straight and the Ovonni Nano Titanium Wet and Dry Straightener. They’re both effective at straightening wet and dry hair and give you great bang for not a lot of bucks.
Each one heats up super quick, has plenty of heating power, and is effective at cutting out the middle man (i.e., your hair dryer) when you’re in a pinch.
If you like the familiarity and trustworthiness of a household brand, it’s hard to go wrong with Remington’s Wet2Straight. Otherwise, the Ovonni Wet and Dry Straightener is a great new model on the block with more efficient heating and recovery times to get you styled and out the door in no time.