Up until recently, I straightened my hair with my 10-year old flat iron, which I got for my 18th birthday from my dear, old, grandma. While it had metallic plates and looked like it was pulled out of a fire, it did a good job, and I was always careful not to burn my hair, or the house, for that matter.
But all good things come to an end, so two weeks ago, I almost burned half my hair because of it. It started like a normal session: I plugged it, sectioned my hair, brushed the first strand, and just as I clamped the plates over it, I realized something wasn’t going the way it was supposed to. The plates were moving with difficulty over the hair, not smoothly as they usually did. I began to be a little worried, so I tried to pull the flat iron away, by releasing the plates, but I couldn’t. Some of the hair was stuck on one of the plates, as I could see in the mirror. By then, it had started to smell a little like burnt hair, and I didn’t want to take the risk, so I grabbed a pair of scissors and cut the strand out. When I looked closer, I saw a big crack on that plate, and the hair was stuck in it. I guess someone in my house dropped it on the floor, but forgot to check or mention it.
Anyway, I now have to buy a new flat iron, and I don’t even know where to begin. The models these days are mind-blowing. You can choose between different plates materials, like titanium, or ceramics, and even tourmaline. They are supposed to distribute heat evenly and they release small particles that shut the cuticles, leaving the hair smoother. There are also a lot of different levels of heat, but my hair is quite thin, so I usually have to keep the temperature down to avoid damage. After the accident, I had to go with a shorter haircut, and I’m being told there are special flat irons for short hair. They have thinner plates, so they can grab the hair as close to the scalp as possible, and they make working on the back side much easier.
I guess I still have a lot to learn and I have to make a serious decision, as some of the models I’ve seen are pretty expensive. But a girl can always dream.