Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Why Internet Hair Tutorials Aren't for Me

I have a confession to make: I'm 24 years old and I don't know how to use a hair dryer efficiently. I handle my locks in a rather lackadaisical manner. I wash it, comb it out then let it dry naturally. Some days, I will even be classy and style my hair with Paul Mitchell hair mousse or a hair straightener.

But hair dryers? I haven't touched one in years.

Like any desperate person living in the 21st century who wishes to gain an ability that most normal functioning adults have mastered, I turned to internet video tutorials and was lured by the idea that I, too, can achieve gorgeous hair in a matter of minutes.

I click on the video to commence the instructions. The professor, often in the form of a perky, positive and energetic young woman, goes into a detailed explanation of the steps which have to be performed.

The enthusiasm rubs off. I believe the chipper voice that encourages me to coif my hair into a difficult 'do. I'd honestly like to confide that if I blow a sufficient continuous stream of hot air over my wet locks, it will inevitably result in gorgeous silky waves.

But I have to face reality: I am not dexterous enough to handle a hair dryer with a hair brush simultaneously. I forego the brush after it gets itself tangled three times. While extracting it, I succeed in yanking out enough hair strands to create a wig for a Barbie doll.

Even the most basic way of drying one's hair proves ineffective to me. That technique seems to function best for women who are blessed (or cursed) with naturally straight hair.

MY locks are quite wavy and therefore resist any attempts to tame them.

Still, I take my chances with the tutorial. It's at least worth a shot!

The result?

Yep. Looks just like the girl in the video. Yeeesh...

I can't go out looking like I've just been electrocuted. With some alcohol-induced courage, I ditch the videos and arm myself with the hair straightener and some hair spray.

Meh. I need some practice.

Barb the French Bean


  1. I watched a hair tutorial for a waterfall braid, and I know just how you feel.

  2. lol. take heart. takes some getting used to. I prefer air-drying myself.

  3. I don't blow dry my hair.. I just rock the curls for better or worse ahah

    It takes some getting used to but I no longer feel like I'm climbing an uphill hairdryer battle!

  4. Lol. Nice to see that I'm not the only one who suffers.

    Hair tutorials are bad, but make-up tutorials are on a whole 'nother level of impossibility. I *never* own any of the products or colors that the instructors use, and every example is so intricately designed and performed that I automatically think it's too complicated to be done by a maladroit simpleton like me. :-P

  5. The pissed off look in the first photo is priceless :p

  6. hair dryer? what's that??? :p

    one of the reasons I keep myhair long instead of cutting it real short is that I'd need to figure out how to do a decent "peinado" each day for my head to look even remotely decent. Too much work! I'll stick with my long hair and save the hair dryer for when it's freezing outside and I don't want icicles on my head

  7. But after you know how to use it you look so wonderful thanks for sharing this kind of experience


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