If you use hair styling tools on a regular basis, you probably worry about burning yourself on a fairly regular basis. Since we use them often, the chances of actually getting a burn probably increase. And let’s be honest…who wants to deal with a burn? No one we know! So if you’ve gotten a burn from a hair styling tool you’ve felt the pain, and if you haven’t you don’t want to feel the pain. But like anything else in life it’s best to be informed of how to deal with the first aid side of situations just so you’re well prepared. We’re sharing some first aid for hair styling tool burns to keep you in the know.
Typically, when you get a burn your natural reaction is to have a minor panic attack. Before you get too worried, experts suggest the first thing you need to do is cool the burn. Cooling the burned area will help actually cool the area/temperature down, help it feel better and minimize any swelling that may pop up initially. It’s suggested to cool the burn by running cool water or use a cool compress over the area of the burn (make sure it’s not TOO cold as it can be more bothersome than soothing). Keep the coolness on the burned area until you start to feel some relief on the burn, typically around 10 minutes or so.
Cover the Area
Once you’ve cooled down the area, it’s suggested that you cover the burned area so it gives it a chance to start healing itself. Using gauze that’s lint-free is the best option according to experts, while applying the gauze to the burned area you want to make sure that you’re not wrapping or applying the area too tightly. Give the area a chance to breathe but also keeping it covered is what’s important with this step. If you notice a lot of pain associated with the burn after you’ve cooled it and applied the gauze, some suggest taking a small dose of an over the counter painkiller to alleviate the pain a bit more and leave you feeling more comfortable.
Of course with any type of burn if you notice it’s getting worse as you try to apply these first aid tips or feel it’s much more severe than what these call for, it’s important to seek the help of a medical professional. One of the ways many women have found to help avoid getting burns is by using heat protected gloves, and of course just not using heated styling tools when you’re in a mega rush. Typically we tend to burn ourselves when we’re in a hurry and rushing to use them, not thinking clearly about what we’re actually doing. Make sure regardless of when you’re using your hair styling tools you’re in the moment and not too distracted. While most burns that are from a heated styling tool aren’t too severe, we still don’t want you burn yourself!
Have you ever burned yourself with a heated styling tool?