Is it safe to straighten wet hair?

It’s morning and you’re in a rush–again. What’s the harm in jumping out of the shower and killing two birds with one stone by using your flat iron to both dry and straighten your hair?

This is one area where multitasking won’t do you or your hair any favors. The truth is: flat ironing wet or even damp hair can fry your strands and cause irreversible damage.


Straightening wet hair is a recipe for hair catastrophe. Here's why you shouldn't do it and what you should do instead.


When you use a tool like a hot flat iron on wet hair, the wet hair will actually maximize the heat to dangerous levels.

'It's safe to blow-dry my hair,' you might be thinking, 'so why can't I use a straightener on wet hair?'


The answer is simple: a straightener applies heat directly to your hair and at much higher temperatures than a blow-dryer does. Wet hair can quickly heat to scorching temperatures, burning and even breaking your hair. If your hair is not dry when using a straightener, it draws out the hair’s elasticity and vitamins, causing severe breakage and brittleness.

When your hair is coated in water, you’re legitimately boiling your hair! The close contact heat creates genuine bubbles inside the hair shaft, which are then pushed upwards resulting in split ends, cracks, roughness, you name it.


If you happen to have added a product to your wet hair–and