Do you let heat protectant dry before straightening?

heat protectant for straightening hair

  • Always let the heat protectant fully dry before straightening.
  • If you heat straighten your hair with any kind of wetness, you’ll damage your hair follicles.
  • Also, give your hair time to fully absorb the silicone in the heat protectant because it protects your hair from the heat.


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Please. Today, I want every woman in the world to remember something for life.

 Your hair must be fully dry before straightening. 

The heat protectant has to be fully dry too. Remember it’s as liquid as water.

What makes you think you can iron your hair while it’s wet?


I repeat: let the heat protectant dry before straightening.

It doesn’t matter if it’s wet because you just finished washing it or if it’s damp after applying a hair product.


Do you really know what the effects of the iron are on your hair besides straightening?

The flat iron applies heat and removes moisture from the hair. As a result, the water drops in the hair evaporate. Then, the structure of the hair changes for a few days.


Of course, this process is aggressive for the hair. If you straighten your hair frequently, you may notice it becomes frizzy and weak.

That’s why the heat protectant is a fantastic invention!

But it must be used correctly. Otherwise, it can do more harm than good.


 The heat protectant contains silicones that evaporate when exposed to heat. It works to shield your strands from damage when used before applying heat. 


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The heat protectant needs to dry before straightening

accumulates product build up

It has to be completely one hundred percent dry.

When you apply the heat protectant, your hair will begin to absorb it to work as a shield for heat.


The time it will take for your hair to absorb it can be anywhere from ten to twenty minutes depending on how much you apply and how you do it.

In the meantime, the silicones in the shield will penetrate your hair to retain moisture.


 If you iron your tresses with the heat protectant while it’s still wet, it’ll evaporate. In other words, it’ll be as if you hadn’t applied it.

That’s why you should let the product dry on your hair. 


Once it dries, you can straighten your hair without further damage.

On the other hand, you need to remember that the iron is designed to be used on dry hair.

Do you know why?


  • Wet hair gets damaged when you straighten it.

And what’s more, when you finish ironing your mane, it’ll swell and the frizz will become unmanageable within seconds.

The hair follicles will start to absorb moisture from the environment to recover the water lost.

However, sometimes frizz is the least of your problems. If your hair is damaged and you straighten it while it’s still wet, you risk burning it.


  • The iron is an electrical product that should be away from moisture and water.

Have you ever seen irons near the washing areas in salons?


Of course, you haven’t.

Electricity and humidity or water are bitter enemies. They shouldn’t mix because the consequences can be serious, even fatal in some cases.

 That’s why always remember to let the heat protectant air dry before you straightening. 


Once the heat protectant is dry, it’s time to use the flat iron. And that’s what I’ll talk about next.


How to iron your hair after applying a heat protectant

let heat protectant dry before flat ironing

Did you wait for the heat protectant to air dry?


That’s perfect! You can now iron your hair.

  • Divide your hair into four sections, from root to tip and ear to ear, holding them with hair clips.
  • Release one of the sections, comb it, and separate a wide strand.
  • Iron the strand from the roots to the ends, slowly gliding the iron through the hair. Repeat 6 or 7 times on each strand.
  • Repeat on each of the sections you separated.
  • When you’re done ironing your hair, you can apply a few drops of coconut oil to your mane for hydration.



Now you know that you should wait for the heat protectant to air dry before straightening.

This way, your hair will absorb the product like a shield for protection against heat aggression.

Also, if you don’t wait for it to dry, and flat iron it when it’s still wet, you run the risk of burning your hair.


Finally, I’ll give you my personal opinion. A few years ago, some special flat irons for wet hair were released on the market.

Personally, I don’t recommend them because if you don’t know how to set the temperature correctly, you can burn your hair too.

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