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9 things you'll know if you ever risked your life to straighten your hair with an iron

Well, maybe not your life. Certainly your ears.

IF YOU GREW up during the 80s and 90s, you’ll remember there was no such thing as special hair straighteners.

So what happened if you wanted to give straight hair a whirl for an evening? This.

1. Before GHDs, there was this lad

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The family iron + brown paper + a willing sister or friend = the straight hair of your dreams.

2. You could either take the risk and go for it yourself

Not advisable, extremely scary, but sometimes necessary.

3. Or place your life and hair into your sister/mother/friend’s hands

You would pay them to do it if you had to. Anything for good hair.

4. It was wildly uncomfortable

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Do you think we all did lasting damage to our necks from being craned over like that?

5. You regularly feared for your ears

Would you get out of it with the two of them intact? Would you singe your forehead or your neck? Maybe, but at least you’d have straight hair!

6. And you probably still have a scar somewhere from burning yourself

All you remember is how nice you looked and felt going to that disco, though.

7. Of course, because you couldn’t get right to the root, you still had a little halo of frizz

Wow, who else is old enough to remember the original @johnfriedauk #frizzease in a dropper-bottle, almost 28 years ago? This one from the archives was on show today as John Frieda launched new products for giving even brighter shine to blonde hair, and boosting the core strength of fine, limp hair (seriously. They tested it by seeing how many weights they could hang off a ponytail of fine hair before the band slipped off the hair...) #haircare #smoothoperator Source: Instagram/alicehartdavis

You just loaded on the John Frieda pretended it didn’t exist.

8. Not to mention the ever-present threat of burning your hair

The first time you told an actual hairdresser you straightened with an iron, you thought they were going to faint. Such was their dismay.

9. But you did it anyway, because why the hell not

Beautiful hair over beautiful ears any day <3

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