Remington Wet 2 Straight Review

“Wet 2, well…err…kinda straight?”

I’m a suspicious kind of person. Yes, it’s my natural personality but also years of purchasing experience have made me ‘buyer-beware’. I have grown used to marketeering along with all the hype that comes with it. In other words, just because a product says it will do something, I don’t always truly believe that will be the case. So, with this is mind, I admit that I approached reviewing the Remington Wet 2 Straight with a bit of cynical trepidation. Could it really make my hair go from wet to straight? Really, really?

Ooh, I love a vent!

The Remington Wet 2 Straight comes with steam vents. These are not, as the name may suggest, something to help calm when your hair won’t style properly, but the idea is that they are drying the hair whilst the plates do their job of straightening. Think of it like someone drying the dishes while you’re still washing up. In other words, there are two things happening at once here, with the sincere intention of saving you time and making your life just that little bit easier. Unfortunately, however, my experience of such multi-functioning gadgets has not been wholly positive.

I remember the washer-dryer where the washer unit failed and so I couldn’t dry, and the TV/DVD player where, as soon as the DVD got stuck, the TV gave up also. When it comes to my gadgets, I’m a one purpose kind of gal, and the Remington Wet 2 Straight has done nothing to dispel that feeling. Yes, it dried my hair, but the straightened look was left a little frizzy at the end. In fact, I had to get out my go-to straightening iron to rectify the finished look, so saved no time whatsoever. Not impressed. Admittedly, my hair is thick (very thick) with damage and split ends, but I’ve had much better straightening results from even the cheapest of straightening irons.

Not the finest looking apple on the tree

The Remington Wet 2 Straight comes at a cheaper price point than many of its competitors. And it shows in the way it looks. For me, I don’t see that a cheaper cost equates to naff looks, but that is certainly the case here. The Wet 2 Straight logo, in an old-fashioned font, is overly large, and the numerical ‘2’ instead of its written equivalent is a little elementary school for my liking. Since when did abbreviated text talk become the next contemporary thing when it came to electrical gadget design? Grrr.

Dodgy signage aside, the Remington Wet 2 Straight just looks inferior – inferior as the materials that it’s made with look cheap, and inferior as in everything just looks a little small. I can’t put my finger on it – actually I can put my finger on it as opposed to my hand, as they just don’t seem to be as wide or as long as other straighteners I have reviewed. When it comes to comfortable handling of your straightening irons, size matters.

Ceramic…ish

Much is made nowadays of what straightening plates are made of. Are they titanium? Tourmaline-infused? Sugar-coated, frosted with a cherry on top? Or maybe just plain old ceramic? Well actually, plain old ceramic is known to give a smooth glide, adding health and shine. But as the plates of the Remington Wet 2 Straight are only ceramic-coated (so only ceramic ish), then it means that the results are only ish too. So the hair goes through the plates ish, the final result looks straight ish, and the hair looks shiny ish. But I’m a vain old goat, and always want maximum value for my hard-earned dollar. So ish simply isn’t good enough. Why did Remington not just go the whole ceramic hog? I understand that companies work to tight budgets, but customer perception of a product takes precedence.

Aha! A plus point.

Thank goodness for the auto shut-off feature! Not all is lost. The auto shut-off feature is one of those things that people don’t think they need, and may well never use, but if it isn’t there, it just makes you feel a little nervous. What if I forget to turn my straighteners off? Will I fry the dog? Will my straighteners embed into the wooden flooring? A bit like that annoying little sister that keeps borrowing your clothes, but who if she left home you’d be lost without. I believe that every set of straightening irons in the world should have an auto shut-off feature. The fact that the Remington Wet 2 Straight comes with this has made me feel that not all is lost when it comes to this brand, but with the pros and cons list looming, I still feel that these straightening irons would have to do a lot of work to leave me even slightly impressed.

PROs – the wet to straight feature would be an excellent idea if only it produced wearable results; auto shut-off feature

CONs – a cheaper-looking model with results that match; drying and straightening at the same time just didn’t work on my thick, frizzy hair; cheaper price point equates to poorer performance.

At the end of this review, I admit to feeling a little heavy-hearted. I am sure that if I bought a pair of Remington straightening irons and a Remington hairdryer, I would get better results. So I am left wondering why bother trying to bring the two together if it doesn’t work well enough. I can understand it’s a time saver on paper, but sadly the reality is very different indeed. In fact, it probably ended up taking me an extra 20 minutes by having to get my preferred brand of straighteners back out to go over the results the Remington had left me with.

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BaByliss Pro Wet-To-Dry Nano Review

“Babyliss Pro Wet-To-Dry Nano is a bit of a Nan-oh..”

You know when you read the name of a product and think ‘wow – that is JUST what I’m looking for!’? Such were my feelings when I saw these straighteners, which combined a very well-known and reliable brand with the ability to straighten wet hair, something I’ve dreamt about but never thought I’d achieve. But with that dream of wet-to-dry close to becoming a reality, do these actually deliver what they so boldly state?

Sizzle without the sizzle

For me, the idea that you can straighten wet hair straight from towel drying would be A-MAZING. So often I have craved for this technology but never thought the day would come. I am an incredibly hard-working woman (blush) and work very erratic hours, so I could be washing my hair at 6 a.m. or at 10 p.m. depending. Whether it’s washing before work, or washing before bedtime, I would love to cut out the hair drying stage and go straight to straightener. It would save at least 10 minutes a day which is a huge amount of time in my hectic world, and I believe that it would help my thick, damaged mop of hair to straighten better as in theory, my hair would already be flatter if it was wet.

Now a hugely important thing to mention is that despite the name, Babyliss clearly don’t expect you to try to use these on dripping wet hair. Apart from the risk of electrocution, it would just be silly. However, and pardon me for going over the top a bit, for me this means don’t say wet hair in the title. I say about going over the top as I have a background in autism and I am aware that certain people can take things very literally. If it says wet, then not everybody would make the assumption that it meant damp. Yes, wet-to-dry sounds a whole heap better than ‘damp-to-dry’ but maybe Babyliss should have a rethink – in my humble opinion.

But the main thing is does it work. Well, er, ish…

I was terrified to have my hair anything other than slightly damp as I have frazzled my hair with that tell-tale sizzle sound when I tried to cut corners this way with a straightening iron that you shouldn’t do this with. So on damp-to-dry hair, it kinda worked. I say kinda as it straightened really well – really well – but after about an hour it became a little fly away again, a bit like it had now totally dried out so needed one more iron. Now I may have panicked and may have rushed a little. In a salon, this may save time and give incredible results but I would always make sure that the hair was totally 100% dry before assuming you’re finished. But you live and learn…

Back to basics

I’m a lover of straighteners that look the business. For me less is more, and colour doesn’t do it for me. Now I like the blue, if it was a nail varnish, but I don’t really like it on my straighteners. It looks a little cheap and forced, a little like in Babyliss HQ they just wanted to find something different and decided on ice maiden blue. It’s quite a cold color, and it makes me think that the unit will be cold when I pick it up, so it’s a good job that the unit isn’t prone to getting too hot to handle. BaByliss Pro Wet-To-Dry Nano

The unit is lightweight and I do like that. I’ve said it before but will say it again – I have issues with dexterity so a straightener that is easy to handle is a huge bonus for me. I get better results and don’t feel out of breath after my attempts to straighten those hard to reach areas. But….lightweight here looks a little cheap, thin and flimsy.

Quick March!

Technology marches on at an amazingly fast rate in the world of straightening irons, and the BaByliss Pro Wet-To-Dry Nano has an impressive list of innovations here. Spring loaded floating plates are designed to ensure that the hair stays in place better so that the heat gets to the hair evenly and produces a superior look. Nano Titanium plates conduct the heat in a way that provides a high heat but also helps to protect the hair at the same time. The hair’s natural moisture is locked in, the hair is kept at its optimum for a result that is shiny, sleek and healthy. Straightening time is less so there is minimal resultant damage. Ceramic technology means that plates heat up very quickly and maintain that temperature. And last but not least “The Ryton Housing Has An Outstanding Resistance To A Wide Variety Of Aggressive Chemicals And Can Withstand High Temperatures For Long Periods Of Time”.

Put this all in simple terms, and the Babyliss is designed to deliver a superior look, whether you are straightening or curling, and does so whilst keeping the hair in the best condition possible.

Do I think Babyliss achieve this with the BaByliss Pro Wet-To-Dry Nano? The answer is actually yes – I liked my hair after, but I am not convinced that I LOVED it.

Here are the PROS and CONS

PROS – If you can straighten the hair effectively from damp it would be a huge bonus to my life where minutes matter, the technology is impressive

CONS – You cannot straighten from wet, just damp, the unit is a little cheap looking, and I’m not convinced that the results are amazing
I’m finishing the review a little down-hearted. In fairness to Babyliss, in order to make this a realistic view I straightened my hair when it was damp and I imagine that had my hair been dry, the results would have been fantastic. But then it is advertised as wet-to-dry so it needs to deliver on that main selling point. For me it just didn’t.

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