Can You Straighten Damp Hair?

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

  • Why Avoid Straightening Damp Hair?
  • Tips To Quickly Style Your Hair Without Damage

Why Avoid Straightening Damp Hair?

Avoid straightening wet hair as it may cause long-term damage to your hair.

Water boils and turns into steam at 100°C (212°F). Most hair straighteners function in the temperature range of 185-230°C (365-446°F). The temperature of the flat iron surface is greater than the boiling point of water.

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Naturally, the second the hot straightener touches your wet hair, the water turns into steam and almost explodes out of the cortex (inner layer of the hair), causing structural damage. The steam explosion damages the cortex and cuticles and leads to hair breakage, 1639539566' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' >frizzy, and coarse hair (1).

Therefore, you should avoid using a straightener on wet hair. In the next section, we have shared some quick hair styling tips. You can follow these when you are in a hurry to get smooth and frizz-free hair without damage.

Tips To Quickly Style Your Hair Without Damage

1. Use A Microfiber Towel

Microfiber towels can absorb water quickly and make it easier to dry hair quickly. Squeeze your hair with the microfiber towel. Do not rub. This will reduce the blow drying time.

2. Do Not Skip The Conditioner

A conditioner moisturizes your hair and makes it soft and manageable. Well- moisturized hair does not have to cling to the water for moisture, and thus, it air-dries faster.

3. Blow Dry With Cool Air

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Blow dry your hair on a cool setting as it helps seal your hair cuticles and add shine. It also prevents heat damage.

4. Wash Your Hair At Night

Another option is to wash your hair the previous night. Your hair will be completely dry by the morning and in a better condition for heat styling. This will also save time during the morning rush.

5. Skip The Hair Wash

If you do not have time for any of the tips mentioned above, it is better to skip washing your hair altogether and straighten it dry. You may also use a dry shampoo and conditioner to give your hair a quick pick-me-up.

In Conclusion

Straightening wet hair can damage the strands beyond repair, and you should avoid it at any cost. Use microfiber towels to dry your hair quickly and then blow dry it on a cool setting. If you do not have that time, skip hair washing and use a dry shampoo to keep your mane looking good throughout the day.

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