The Sunbeam Salon Technique Wet to Dry Straightener with Ionic Technology (model WD5810) can be conveniently used to straighten either wet or dry hair. Combining ceramic plates and ionic technology it is designed to reduce frizz and static, creating shiny, straight locks. It’s good for straightening thicker, longer hair. If you are styling shorter hair you can buy the slimline version which retails for $30 less.
The Wet to Dry Straightener with Ionic Technology features a good looking brushed stainless finish. It also has a LED temperature control that can be adjusted to ensure the correct temperature is used for the hair’s thickness.
Upon first glance this wet to dry straightener appears to have an elegant streamlined design. The unit’s housing is a deep grey with silver highlights around areas including the variable temperature control. Its ceramic plates make it very easy to use on your hair for drying and straightening.
The Wet to Dry Straightener with Ionic Technology has a variable temperature control switch on the top of the straightener, unlike other models I’ve reviewed, which locate the temperature control inside the styler. There are four temperature settings.
When you switch it on, the styler will automatically set at the hottest setting of 200 degrees. If you wish to use a lower setting you simply press the temperature control button. This reduces the temperature to 175 degrees (setting 3). By pushing the button again it reduces the temperature to 150 degrees (setting 2), and a further push reduces it to 130 degrees (setting one). Finally, another push of the switch turns the straightener off. You need to allow 30 seconds for each setting to reach the correct temperature.
Like all wet to straight hair straighteners I’ve tested, when you place it on your hair you will hear a hissing sound as the steam escapes. This is initially alarming but simply indicates your hair is drying.
This model has a built-in ionic generator which automatically produces a constant stream of negative ions when the styler is switched on. The ion indicator light (which is inside the straightener) lights up while the styler is in use.