I use a flat iron on my hair. This is because I have slightly wavy, more-than-slightly frizzy hair and I don’t want to have it. You should see my hair when it’s damp out – Medusa springs to mind. And I live in BC, the Wet Coast of Canada. Go figure.
So, I use a flat iron on my hair. These hair appliances do get mucky and need the muck scraped off every now and then. I think the muck comes from hair products like shampoo, conditioner, mousse, gel, hairspray that can be in one’s hair when one tries to style it.
Most of the time, I can literally scrape the junk off the flat iron’s ceramic plates with a fingernail. Sometimes, it’s much more difficult to do, so I use a wet cloth. But this time, even that wasn’t working. The muck was pretty much cooked on the plates. (Apparently it had been a while since I had last attempted to clean them.)
So I decided to run a little hot water in the bathroom sink and soak the plates to soften up the muck and make it more scrapable. That works for dishes, I reasoned, so why wouldn’t it work for a flat iron?
I left the flat iron there to soak for maybe three minutes, then took it out and commenced the cleaning. It really didn’t help a whole lot, I found out. Some of that stuff was on there real good. Maybe some Vim? Maybe a pot-scraper pad?
Then I noticed the small print right on the handle of the flat iron. The small print that read DO NOT IMMERSE IN WATER. In capital letters.
I plugged in the flat iron, hoping that DO NOT IMMERSE IN WATER was really just a guideline for people other than me, people who might – oh, I don’t know – put their flat irons right into a full bathtub or something.
The lights flashed frantically. The flat iron started to warm up. Yay! I thought. I’m good to go!
Then there were no more lights. The flat iron cooled right down, never to warm up again. Crap. I didn’t beat the odds after all. My theory that appliances run on magic as opposed to electricity had been proven very wrong. I was, once again, one of those people for whom those very logical and sensible warnings are written.
Also, I now need a new flat iron.