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oops i did it again

May 15, 2013

Despite the fact that I can’t read a map and sometimes have to use my fingers to do quick addition (don’t tell Maya) I think I’m a fairly intelligent person. That’s why it continues to amaze me that I cannot stop burning myself with a curling iron.

Yes, I did it again.

It's hard to have friends with really good that doesn't need hot tools!

It’s hard to have friends with really good hair…hair that doesn’t need hot tools!

It started innocently enough: as I waited patiently for my Japanese straightening appointment, I tried to fix my broken hair by using every hot tool I could find to burn it into submission.

Unlike previous attempts, however, I made sure to put safety first:

  • I curled in a well-lit room.
  • I curled my hair away from my face.
  • I remembered not to complicate things by using the clamp part of the iron.
Lunch with Nadia...she's one of those people who just has a knack for making everything look so perfect.

Lunch at my friend Nadia’s…she’s one of those people who just has a knack for making everything look so perfect.

What I didn’t remember was to get a firm grip on the iron. So of course it fell. On my forehead.

You might be thinking: “Wow Ameena. You’re pretty lucky…you could have been burned really badly!” And yes, I would agree with you. Except that for the last 5 days I’ve been walking around channeling Rudolph because right after the curling iron hit my forehead?

It hit my nose.

And her daughter? Has very good taste in shoes.

And her daughter? Has very good taste in shoes.

On the upside, you wouldn’t believe how many people find their way to my blog by searching the term: “I burned myself with a curling iron.”

I’m thinking a red nose is worth the few additional page views?

72 Comments leave one →
  1. May 15, 2013 12:08 am

    Haha, for sure! Sorry about the burn though

    • May 15, 2013 4:28 pm

      Thanks…I’m sorry about it too but it’s healing pretty quick!

  2. May 15, 2013 2:03 am

    Ah Ameena, what are you doing to yourself?!! Well you can’t tell from the pic that you are burnt, because you are looking great with your friends. 😉

    • May 15, 2013 4:28 pm

      I broke out a random makeup sample I had to cover it up! Glad you can’t tell. 🙂

  3. May 15, 2013 2:04 am

    Though not with the curling iron, I burn myself every other day in the kitchen. IN fact my husband says that it is a morning ritual for me to burn myself and then start the cooking for the day. The photo of you along with your friends is lovely and agree with you on your friend Nadia. The plating and the presentation of the spread is lovely..

    • May 15, 2013 4:28 pm

      I’d probably burn myself more in the kitchen if I actually cooked more…

  4. May 15, 2013 5:35 am

    Awww sorry about the burn.
    You look stunning in the pic, any secret Ammena?

    • May 15, 2013 4:29 pm

      Thanks Z. My secret is to take a whole bunch of pictures and choose the only one you look decent in. 🙂

  5. May 15, 2013 6:21 am

    Oh No.. When your book becomes No.1 Best seller then we need to get you a celebrity stylist, who will attend to your hair needs 24/7:) I think you look fabulous Ameena and your hair looks terrific in this pic. Added bonus of celebrity stylist, you will no longer harm your self:)

    Lovely post and your friend Nadia has created a master piece with her brilliant creative skills. hats off to her

    • May 15, 2013 4:30 pm

      A celebrity stylist would be amazing! Or just someone to handle my hair (which is a full-time job in and of itself).

  6. May 15, 2013 6:35 am

    So I have two hair tool burn incidents to tell. The first was when I leaned into a hotel vanity (wasn’t familiar with the height of it) and burned my stomach next to my belly button. I had a scar for years. Then I sat on a bed and managed to “brand” the target-like mark of the front of a VERY HOT blow dryer on my back – right over my tattoo (aka tramp stamp). It was so weird because it almost looked like it was on purpose… except that it HURT LIKE HELL.. With that, I hope you heal quickly and from now on, just wear ponytails like me.

    • May 15, 2013 4:31 pm

      Wow…you burned your stomach! I can’t even imagine how painful that must have been. And oddly enough I haven’t burned myself on a hair dryer yet but that’s likely to happen at some point. LOL

      I need to embrace the ponytail!

  7. Lydia permalink
    May 15, 2013 7:16 am

    You and your friends have fabulous hair! Sorry to hear about the burn. That is exactly why I never touch my curling/straightening again, I never seems to get the hang of it. Love that Louboutin, the heels are just too high/tall for my personal comfort. Three inches is my max 🙂

    • May 15, 2013 4:31 pm

      I can’t wear heels either…I find myself walking very awkwardly!

  8. May 15, 2013 8:41 am

    I have a burn mark on my forehead as we speak from doing the very same thing!

    • May 15, 2013 4:31 pm

      I’m sorry CeCe…I wish you didn’t share my pain.

  9. May 15, 2013 9:11 am

    Oh I hope the red nose is all healed 🙂 I am impressed that you know the search terms for how people find you. I’ve heard of this but of course the extent of my blogging ability is putting up a post. If I were to venture a guess it would probably be something along the likes of ‘worlds craziest kids’.

    • May 15, 2013 4:32 pm

      Reading the search terms is as fun as comments…people Google the funniest things!

  10. Taking On Magazines permalink
    May 15, 2013 9:48 am

    I am SO sorry about your forehead and nose! 😦 I hope both heal soon. Just so you know, I think your hair is perfect.

    I love the shoes in the little girl’s hands, but I have to say, her crocs with that dress are so totally Dudette’s ‘style.’ Same color too. 🙂

    • May 15, 2013 4:32 pm

      Maya loved her Crocs! Wore them until her feet just wouldn’t fit for one more second.

      And thanks for the compliment. 🙂

  11. May 15, 2013 11:01 am

    While I regularly use a flatiron, I rarely pull out a curling iron, but when I do, I always seem to burn some part of me – ear, edge of forehead, fingertip. Glad I’m not alone 😉

    • May 15, 2013 4:33 pm

      Flat irons make my hair really flat so I use the curling iron to straighten it out, if that makes any sense?

  12. May 15, 2013 11:27 am

    Sister, I hear ya. I really shouldn’t be allowed around anything that heats higher than 120 degrees. Or paper. You would not believe how many paper cut injuries I’ve sustained.

    • May 15, 2013 4:33 pm

      I’ve been fortunate in the paper cut area…I’m not prone to those! Just the burns.

  13. May 15, 2013 1:20 pm

    Burn accidents are a part of my daily routine (although not with a curling iron). You should see the burn marks on my hands!! You look gorgeous in that picture ameena. And I just loved the table arrangement in your friend’s place. You are right!!! It’s just perfect 🙂

    • May 15, 2013 4:33 pm

      Thank you for the compliment Nandita! And yes, Nadia just has an amazing knack!

  14. May 15, 2013 3:44 pm

    I’ve burned myself a few times with a curling iron. Which is why I got rid of it and resigned myself to straight hair.

    • May 15, 2013 4:34 pm

      I use my curling iron to straighten my hair…bizarre but true!

      I envy your straight hair.

  15. May 15, 2013 4:02 pm

    I think you have gorgeous hair, straightening iron mishaps or not! I would also like to know the secret to your super-clear skin 🙂

    • May 15, 2013 4:35 pm

      My skin is a nonstop battle but what has helped enormously? I take Seabuckthorn oil every day. It’s amazing stuff!

      • May 17, 2013 10:50 am

        How do you take it? Tea,Pills..has it really helped. Like you I am lactose, gluten intolerant..unlike you I do not photograph well.
        Can’t tell you got burned..would be mean that I am laughing a little 🙂

      • May 17, 2013 6:37 pm

        I buy it in pill form from Amazon: Balanceuticals is the brand. I take three caps a day and my hair is so much softer and less frizzy. I’m hoping that one day I’ll build up enough of the seabuckthorn in my system that I won’t need the straightening any more.

        I don’t blame you for laughing!! Because you said I photograph well. 🙂

  16. Shauna permalink
    May 15, 2013 9:54 pm

    That is so interesting about the search terms? Wow. Hoping your nose is healing. On a finer note you look like a model in that first picture. You are one pretty woman. Love you Ameena.

    Shauna xo

    • May 17, 2013 6:38 pm

      Thank you Shauna! Your comment just made my evening. I appreciate it. 🙂

  17. May 15, 2013 10:17 pm

    ouch. It is things like these that make me say Thank God I dont need the curling Irons. Phew. Must have been really bad.

    • May 17, 2013 6:38 pm

      It’s things like these that make me wish I was Ali! No curling iron needed.

  18. May 16, 2013 12:02 am

    Hmm, so maybe I could up my views by saying “I burned myself at the stove”? Cause I do, pretty much weekly, and people who see my arms may think I’m an abused woman.
    I feel your burning pain.

    • May 17, 2013 6:38 pm

      I’m sorry you feel my pain. At least you have the option to stop cooking. I cannot stop battling with my hair!

  19. May 16, 2013 4:09 am

    You poor thing! I do appreciate the food photos as opposed to a photo of your injuries. You do have my sympathy. Those burning issues are one of the reasons I cut my hair and don’t deal with curiling irons anymore. Although, for future reference, when using a hair dryer, if you have a necklace on, depending on the angle of the hair dryer, the necklace can get Really hot and burn you! What’s wrong with us?! We ARE intelligent, why can’t we handle this?! Have a great day, Ameena!

    • May 17, 2013 6:39 pm

      Luckily I don’t wear jewelry much, especially not necklaces. So I don’t have to worry about that one but still, good to know.

      You have a great day too!

  20. May 16, 2013 7:55 am

    uuff women and their hair saga…..never ending

    • May 17, 2013 6:40 pm

      Not sure if you are married or not but know that most girls are blessed with perfect hair. You’ll likely find out about the hot tools soon enough. Just like Ali did!

  21. May 16, 2013 8:02 am

    I am NOT a morning person and can barely function before 8am, so I am all too familiar with curling iron mishaps. Glad it wasn’t too serious!

    • May 17, 2013 6:40 pm

      I am a morning person so imagine how much worse it could have been if I was not!!

  22. May 16, 2013 9:17 am

    I am so sorry about the burn. You be little careful there Ameena.

  23. May 16, 2013 1:54 pm

    Awww.. sorry about the burn. I used a curling iron about a week ago and I’m just scared to use them. There is an art to it, but don’t know how people get those perfect soft curls.
    That lunch looks delicious.

    • May 17, 2013 6:41 pm

      It really is an art which requires a lot of coordination…which I do not have!

  24. May 16, 2013 7:40 pm

    I would kill myself if I ever tried to walk in those shoes!! I am nowhere near coordinated enough for stilettos. Good thing I’m tall and don’t need them! 😉

    • May 17, 2013 6:41 pm

      I could never walk in them either! I am hopeless in high heels.

  25. seana permalink
    May 17, 2013 1:29 am

    Definitely go the flat iron route. Don’t bend so you have a 90 degree angle in your hair. I have spent a long time with curling irons. Flats are way better. Less burns, take my word for it. I am in the market for shoes to match a dress I bought for a wedding this summer. I need a max of 2 inches or I will break a leg. Literally. I tried my dress on today to double check. Then drove (a 2 second walk) to my neighbor for a 2nd opinion on shoes. How do I find shoes in less than 30 days? My life is sooooooooooooooo complicated :). Insomnia doesn’t help. But, my house is cleaner at 4:30 am. than it was at 3 am.

    • May 17, 2013 6:42 pm

      Have you checked out They have a 24 hour turnaround time and I think free shipping! I totally recommend them.

      Also, Zappos has something similar. I’ve never bought shoes from them but instead a gorgeous coat that I LOVE. Great customer service.

  26. May 17, 2013 10:01 am

    Aww bless you Ameena! I hope the nose feels better soon 🙂

  27. May 17, 2013 2:56 pm

    Once I win the lottery, I am getting a Brazilian blow out or equivalent every month. Until then, I am just going to pretend I don’t have any hair. (You look fab by the way!)

    • May 17, 2013 6:44 pm

      I’ve never tried the Brazilian Blow Out but my SIL does it often and her hair looks fantastic. I might try it instead of the Japanese straightening one of these days.

  28. May 17, 2013 4:02 pm

    Your poor nose! If it makes you feel any better, I once burned my fingers on a flat-iron, threw it across the bathroom in shock, and vowed never to use it again. I went out that evening looking like a lopsided electric shock victim. I hope your nose feels better soon!

    Also, your hair is goooooorgeous. As always 🙂

    • May 17, 2013 6:45 pm

      You are blessed with perfectly straight hair! I can’t imagine why you’d need a flat-iron Jessie.

      And thanks for the compliment. 🙂

  29. Irina permalink
    May 17, 2013 5:13 pm

    Do you have friends who are not gorgeous?? What a beautiful trio!

    • May 17, 2013 6:45 pm

      Thank you Irina! They really are both so pretty. 🙂

  30. May 17, 2013 10:08 pm

    What you talking about, Ameena…you have gorgeous hair too! I love that pic of you 3 girls- very stunning! I still have a scar on my right forearm from when I burned myself with a hair straightener 9 years ago…I think it’s here to stay!!

    • May 19, 2013 9:36 am

      I’m sorry about your arm…luckily my nose seems to be on the mend. And hopefully won’t be sticking around long. 🙂

  31. May 18, 2013 7:39 pm

    Hey Ameena, wondering about whether you followed the exact meal plans for the fat flush plan? (as in the book)..for how long? all the weeks as they progressed etc….I have issues 😦

    Wonder if you can email me. I’m 31, ammenorheic for years and years, inactive (fatigue and joint issues and SEVERE IBS 😦 ). And I binge everynight…very late at night. Please help …can you email me, i tried to email u and it bounced back…i really need your thoughts…you seem so nice and sweet and not intimidating to get help from…thanks. hope to hear from u. …

    • May 19, 2013 9:39 am

      Hi D…aside from not eating beef and chicken (I only eat fish) I did follow this plan exactly. It changed my life…I highly recommend it.

      I’m so sorry you are not feeling well! Not sure that I’m qualified to give out health advice but you can read my opinion of the Fat Flush here:

      I hope that helps!

  32. May 20, 2013 4:48 am

    I think that you tube person Jenna maybe? She burns herself a lot too though I’m not sure she’s as smart as you are. Do we get to see your curls at least? I find I burn myself cooking/stab myself tweezing when I am rushing…just saying.

    • May 21, 2013 7:44 pm

      Jenna? I don’t know who she is…but yes, I am always rushing. Always. I’m sure that’s half the problem.

  33. May 20, 2013 7:00 pm

    You three look gorgeous!! And those shoes are fierce – in every sense of the word.

  34. June 1, 2013 7:37 am

    My mom burned my sister’s forehead with the curling iron when she was really little and Lindsey never let my mom near her head again. In fact, I think she still has a scar.
    Anyway– your hair always looks completely amazing. If you wanna tame some hair into submission you can have at this unruly Grecian mop I have on my head. Everyone always tells me, “Oh! you have your grandma’s hair!” (she was a Greek immigrant) and I still am not really sure they are paying me a compliment?

  35. June 2, 2013 1:27 pm

    It just THE RED SOLES that attracts my eyes hahahaha..
    And, yes.. Its hard to have friends who always have perfect hair everyday..

  36. June 21, 2013 6:17 am

    Oh dear that is not good! It must have been painful, no? May it never happens again, hair styling powers that be. I love her parfait pots (is that what those are? Look better than the granola yogurt parfaits at LPQ!) And I love the juxtaposition of the crocs with the Louboutins 🙂

    • June 21, 2013 10:53 am

      Yes, the parfaits were amazing. So far I haven’t had one at LPQ but now I know to try one!

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