Beauty Road Test: The Magic of Remington’s Wet 2 Straight Flat Iron
Remington’s new Wet 2 Straight flat iron will both dry your hair and straighten it – at the same time! It’s like magic!
Have you ever tried out any of those flat irons that allegedly dry your hair while they straighten it? You know, those ones that allow you to skip that pesky extra blow drying step between showering and straightening? The idea always sort of scared me—somehow, it’s never seemed like a good idea to put a heated electrical appliance that close to wet hair—so as tempting as they sound, I’ve generally made it a rule to stay away from such contraptions. But what do you do when something you find both intriguing and frightening ends up in your mail box? You try it out, of course! Who could resist such a potentially fascinating experiment?
Unlike a lot of wet-to-straight flat irons, Remington’s new Wet 2 Straight flat iron ($24.99, remingtonproducts.com and Walmart and Target stores nationwide) is actually meant to be used on wet hair. I know, I know—it sounds super counterintuitive, but bizarrely, many flat irons that claim to work on wet hair are accompanied by warnings telling you NOT to use them on wet hair. The Wet 2 Straight iron, however, features vents that extract water from damp hair before letting it escape as steam. The result? Straight, dry, styled locks in one easy step.
And you know what? It actually works! I was pretty skeptical about it, so you can imagine my surprise when I ran the iron over a section of my hair a few times and found that it did indeed leave it both totally dry and pin-straight. Plus, it made a really fun hissing noise as the steam escaped from the iron (What can I say? I’m a sucker for weird noises).
Full disclosure: It can be a tiny bit tricky to use. Make sure you keep your hands well away from the vents on the top of the iron; it’s easy to blast yourself with steam, which can result in some unfortunate burns (ouch). You’ll also want to be careful the closer you hold the iron to your scalp for the same reason. As a result, even the most seasoned of flat iron users will likely find themselves needing to tweak their straightening technique, though rest assured that it’s not too difficult to find your way around the technology.
I probably won’t make a habit of using it every day; although I did use the Wet to Straight on my whole head once, I somehow still can’t shake the feeling that applying rather a large amount of heat directly to wet hair might damage it after a while. You know what it’s great for, though? Those days you want to put your hair up while wet, but still want to keep your bangs or other face-framing front bits neat and styled. I have pretty short hair—depending on how long I’ve waited between cuts, it usually falls somewhere between my chin and the very tops of my shoulders—and as such, my go-to hairstyle is a simple low pony. Even if I pull it back while wet so I don’t have to deal with drying it, though, I still hit the front sections with a blow dryer and a flat iron to coax them into proper face-framing position. The Wet 2 Straight iron makes it an absolute breeze to do. Magical!
Remington’s Wet 2 Straight flat irons are available in both one- and two-inch sizes at remingtonproducts.com, as well as at Walmart and Target stores nationwide. Go on and give it a try—we’re considering our experiment a resounding success!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.