I have burned myself more times than I can count on my various hot hairstyling tools. Some have been minor like a finger here and there and some have been a little more severe. Like the time I sat on my straightener and branded my behind, or the time I tried to catch my curling iron as it dropped and almost lost half my thumb, just to name a few…
My most common burn injury is the bottom of my ear lobe. I have clipped this area in my straightener more times than I can count. I’m actually currently sporting this burn.
Burns are the worst. They hurt so badly and are so sensitive to temperature because your nerves are exposed. I consider myself well-versed in the minor burn remedies. So today I’m going to share a few for you so that maybe next time your burn won’t be as painful and long lasting.
1. Use a frozen spoon. Frozen spoons are the best. You can’t use running cold water on your ear unless you want your head to be soaked and you aren’t supposed to use ice on a burn. So my solution is a frozen spoon. The burn has instant relief. I wouldn’t recommend this for a large burn, but for little ones the spoon is perfect. (Frozen spoons also help with hickies and under eye bags in case you have problems in either of those areas…I’m not here to judge.)
2. Apply healing cream. You can buy this at any drugstore. I use it when I have a sunburn after someone recommended it to me and had the idea to try it on a hair tool burn. My burn healed 67% much faster when I used this. I made up that statistic, but it was FAST!
3. Apply aloe. Aloe is not just for sunburns, who knew?? Using aloe vera also helps with your minor burns as well. Do not use aloe for the major ones.
4. Use sunscreen. There is nothing worse than getting a sunburn on top of a tool burn. Protect this area at all costs. If you don’t want to wear a big Band-Aid to protect it, then you definitely need to wear sunscreen if you’re going to be outside AT ALL.
5. A dab of toothpaste….if you are in for the night and it is a very very small burn. Don’t wipe a whole handful of toothpaste on yourself and then go out to dinner, but if you have a very small burn (like the earlobe burn) the you can take a little dab of toothpaste and rub it on the burn. It takes the sting out almost immediately.
Other than that, you just have to grin and bear it and be thankful that it wasn’t worse.
Do you have any great tips for when you have those hot tool accidents?