I burned myself on my curling tong again last week. And I’ve had a gutful, to be honest. I burn myself on my styler or tongs at least every few months, usually on the forehead or neck, and when I tell other women this, they generally nod gravely and admit to similar war stories and point to faint scars as evidence.
(I heard a terrible one last week; she picked up her GHD in the middle, by the plates, thinking it was off. It was not off. Oh! And another woman stepped on her curling tong and didn’t realise it was burning her for around 15 seconds. She couldn’t walk for weeks.)
I burn myself because I’m usually in a rush, and not being mindful that the tool in my hand is a scorching, skin-sizzling 220 degrees, and am doing odd angles with my arms and hair, and all of it backwards into a mirror. (It’s not that surprising, really.)
Alternatively, you can try this amazing hair style and skip the heat tongs all together… (post continues after video).
But last week I burned my arm quite badly, and I don’t quite know how I managed that location and intensity and size, and as I sit here looking at it and being cranky with myself for not being more careful, and wondering just how much of it will scar, and what will I have for lunch, I wondered how many of YOU have done the same thing, and how did you remedy it?
Of course, when it happened, I forgot what to do as usual, (Water? Ice? The beak of a golden owl?) and after realising the place I’d burned myself was not an area easily accessible to running cold water, I splashed cold water on it for a few minutes then swore a bit, (I was running late, as usual) then went to the freezer and placed an ice pack pillow thingy on it, swearing a bit more, because I needed to finish my hair and makeup and be out the door and all this icing and searing pain was incredibly inconvenient.
Those who know stuff about burns will instantly know I messed that bit up. Because you don’t put ice on a fresh burn. Nor do you put butter or oil on it, in case you thought that was still happening. You just do cold water. For as long as you can. Twenty minutes ideally.