There are some skills you are born with, some skills you acquire and then there are those skills that somehow elude you no matter how hard you try to master them. For me, one of these skills is the ability to style my hair. I simply cannot do it. Well, let me rephrase that, I cannot do it without looking like a six year old did it. Fortunately, this was a problem I was able to avoid for many years; I was blessed with good hair and a twin. On a normal day my hair looks just fine without do anything special to it. I was the queen of the wash and go look; I am also pretty sure my roommates hated me for this. When I needed to get fancy my twin was there with the curling iron and a bottle of hairspray.
Life was good; and then it wasn’t.
My sister abandoned me to go live with her husband and family in Indiana. I stumbled along with a blow dryer and no one else seemed to miss my fancy hair. Occasionally I was lucky enough to have a friend help me out. It wasn’t the same, but I was getting by. Then I was hit with Hepatitis C. Treatment was successful, but it made my hair fall out; suddenly my wash and go hair style was no longer enough. First my hair became thin, which wasn’t too bad, but as it started to grow back it became really frizzy.
I’m not one who usually cares much about what I look like; I regularly leave the house without make-up. But I also hate change. My hair started to bother me because it did not look the same as it had before treatment. I was also starting to feel a little unprofessional. I tried a new conditioner and blow drying, I tried anti-frizz treatments, but nothing worked.
Last week I broke down and bought myself an early birthday gift; a flat iron. I purchased a relatively inexpensive one that was on sale because I wasn’t all that confident I would be able to use it. After a pep talk from my sister, I dove in.
I’m not going to lie; it took me a long time to flat iron my hair, but the results were worth it. My hair looks good again! The time consuming part for me is sectioning out my hair into layers. But once that was done, the flat iron was easy to use and it actually worked. As a bonus, I have used it three times now without burning my skin, hair or any part of the house.
If you have found yourself struggling to style you hair, but can use a blow dryer, then a flat iron may be just the additional tool you need. I know it might seem scary, but go for it. Make sure you keep the receipt though, just in case.