In Pursuit of Straight Hair
Chemicals, flat irons, huuuge rollers—nothing really straightens my naturally-kinky hair. Well, it appears semi-smooth… and then… one step into the humidity… and it’s back to the land of ponytails, braids, or buns.
All of that has changed. Enter a new hair appliance that… (drum roll, here)… actually works. (No, this is not a paid endorsement, and the Remington Company knows nothing about me.)
Enter the Remington “Wet 2 Straight” which claims to condition, dry, and straighten wet hair. That’s right, as in NO HAIRDRYER NECESSARY. It’s basically a flat iron for wet hair-!
I had some slight experience with such an appliance in Europe. It was in Italy on a dark and stormy night in a small village. I wanted to get my hair cut and Petya and Benedetto spied a Medieval Torture Museum. Perfect. So off they went, and in I went, slightly before closing, a stylist agreeing to squeeze me in, the only other client an extremely recalcitrant Italian teen and her mother.
After snipping and clipping, the stylist proceeded to dry my hair with a flat iron. The hissing steam that emanated made me think that it couldn’t possibly be good for the hair. And yet, it was smooth, and straight, and sleek.
I could somewhat replicate the look when I spent a looong time with a flatiron, taking tiny pieces of my huge mane, one at a time. It took forever.
Not that the Remington “Wet 2 Straight” is quick, either.
Here’s how I’ve done it. First, I partially dry my hair with a hairdryer. (Old habits die hard.) When it’s still damp all over, I begin to dry and straighten it. Again, that calls for sectioning and a bit of carefulness as the temperature can reach 425 degrees F. There are 30 heat settings, depending on whether you’re drying and straightening, or simply straightening already-dry hair.
Anyhoo, took me forever, but the thing worked. People have commented. My children noticed. Even in the summer humidity, the smoothness seemed to hold.
The sweat running down the back of my neck with the heavy hair no longer swept up was another matter…. But autumn is coming and I’ll be ready.
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