Rest in peace, flat iron

be still my heart

be still my heart

Six years ago, when my husband and I were still boyfriend and girlfriend, just living in sin in a two-bedroom apartment, he gave me one of the greatest gifts of all time: a flat iron. It was a True Ceramic Pro hair straightener and it was glorious. He had surprised me with it after seeing the infomercial and from the moment I opened that box, the iron and I were one. Despite it being a As Seen on TV type of product, it was a true workhorse. The flat irons I had had before would burn out too quickly or its metal plates would chip away. My crazy thick island jungle hair required too much of it because even on a good day, it’s like trying to detangle a ball of steel wool.

But the True Ceramic Pro never failed me. It worked every time. It has seen three countries, one birthing suite, two family reunions, seven prison cell blocks, five canasta games, eight dodge ball tournaments, one World of Warcraft showdown, and countless times when I wanted to look pretty. JUST BECAUSE.

And then between the hours of 8 and 10 PM on December 28th, 2009, it fell into the hands of this culprit.

Straight Outta Compton...Compton Daycare and Preschool

Straight Outta Compton...Compton Daycare and Preschool

There are no witnesses but evidence at the crime scene and the suspect’s own confession, “I did it, Mommy! SAW-WEEE!” suggest that it died at the hands of one toddler, Nathan, age three.

Exhibit A: the broken flat iron, split in half. Much like the two halves of my heart.

split ends

split ends

Here’s why I can’t just DIY-tape it together:

spring has sprung

spring has sprung

So now I’m in the market for a new flat iron, one that will see me through this next child and hopefully the two to three years I have left before the stress of two boys turns my hair white. Any suggestions?

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  1. Looks like a job for another TrueCeramic Pro!

    Saw-ree your flat iron broke!

  2. You need a Chi. Hands down, best straightener I have ever owned.

  3. Either a CHI or one made by T3.

    Trust me on this. I used to be a beauty editor. (And still would be if it weren’t for the economy.)

  4. Ha! Great post! I am saw-wee for your loss!

  5. IF you want that mega awesome and fancy flat iron, get the Chi. If you don’t want to spend that much, the Hot Tools ceramic ($40) is a great one too. If you know anyone who is a hair stylist, they can get you a discount on a great one at a professional beauty supply place. The Hot Tools one will not last forever though, it will crap out on you eventually.

    This keeps happening to me with hair dryers. I go through at least 2 a year.

  6. GET A CHI!

    Sorry, didn’t mean to scream at you.

    You and your jungle hair will love the Chi.

    And if not, you can always just blame me.

  7. As Alex would say, “Uh-oh! Oh no mama, oh no.”

    No suggestions on a new flat iron; I’m an air-dry kind of girl. All the girly hair tools and products just confuse me.

  8. Yeah…can’t help you with the flat iron…don’t use one myself…
    I do suggest getting a safe for your next one. Really put that challenge out their for your kids.

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