1 You have to psych yourself up to wash your hair. The time after you get out of the shower is no time to relax. If you wait too long before starting your ~straightening ritual~, your hair will start to dry, then it will get frizzy, and it’s all downhill from there. The Bachelorette is just going to have to wait. Priorities, people!
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2 Getting all your supplies ready to blow-dry your hair feels like you’re getting ready for war. Heat protectant? Check. Hairdryer? Check. Round brush? Flat brush? Clips on clips on clips, plus a hair tie and anti-frizz oil? Check, check, check, check.
3 Going over your hair with a flat brush is your arm workout for the day. Root to tip, root to tip, repeat. Brushing wet hair up and down over and over again is exhausting – but on the plus side, it gives you a legitimate reason to skip the weights section at the gym later.
4 You always fall into the trap of thinking to yourself, ‘I’m just going take a quick two-minute break’. *Checks Facebook* *Watches an entire episode of Gilmore Girls* *Eats dinner* *Suddenly remembers she’s not even halfway finished with the whole process* *Sobs*
5 You have a very strategic fringe blow-dry manoeuvre. The front of your face is the first thing people see, so you know you have to get your fringe just right, or it’ll be a puffy, cowlicky mess when you try to straighten it later. Whether you tilt your head forward and dry your hair facing downwards, or you stand up straight and dry upwards, you know what strategy works for you and you stick to it religiously.
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6 When you finally finish blow-drying your hair, you almost cry because that’s only half the battle. You didn’t actually think you could achieve pin-straight locks without the straightening iron, did you?
7 Without fail, every time you actually fire up the straightener, you have a moment of panic. That burning smell isn’t coming from your hair, right? Maybe it’s the electricity or something. (Kidding.) (Kind of.)
8 Whenever you get to the ends of your hair and see how split they are, you feel guilty. You need to get a haircut. And you will … eventually.
9 You’re forever trying to make sure you get all the hair in the back. Which leads to some pretty creative manoeuvring with both the mirror and your flatiron to make sure you don’t miss a spot.
10 That shiny new feeling you get when you’re finally finished. You then spend the next five minutes flipping your hair and admiring its new-found softness. Whoever invented the straightening iron deserves an award!
11 You always tell yourself you’re not washing your hair for at least two days. You don’t think you can put yourself through the entire process again. But deep down, you know you’re only kidding yourself. *Lather* *Rinse* *Blow-dry* *Straighten* *Repeat*
This article was originally posted on Cosmopolitan.com