Today, we endeavor to answer one of those questions that, perhaps, should never have been asked: can one flat-iron one’s hair with a clothing iron?
Some ask, why? We ask, why not?
Okay, I’d preface this by saying “don’t try this at home” or some similar cliche, but the likely story is that you won’t try it at home anyway. Your real straightener is at home. This desperate act would undoubtedly occur in a hotel room on vacation where your CHI has been carelessly left unattended to like poor little Kevin McAllister.
This act, although unnatural, can be performed on hair of a certain length. (That means long.) Here’s whatcha do:
- Get a chair, two towels, an iron and an ironing board.
- Spray your hair down good with some heat protectant.
- Lay out the first towel on the ironing board.
- Sit the chair next to the ironing board so you can comfortably lay your hair out on it.
- Put the second towel over the top of your hair. You do NOT want a clothes iron coming in direct contact with your hair; it will fry.
- Iron on low heat. No starch. Yuk yuk!
Conversely, can you iron your clothes with your flat iron?
In many cases, yes. Most fabrics will hold up to most hair straighteners on a very low setting. In fact, the size and maneuverability of a flat iron can be well suited to ironing folded seams and missed edges.
Just make sure the iron itself doesn’t have any residue from your hair products on it, or you could end up baking a stain right into your favorite Ralph Lauren cuff.
If you’d rather not leave your mane in DIY hands, visit Rush to find a salon near you.