“The Best Thing I’ve Seen on Pinterest!”

I see that statement made about everything and anything, from hot cocoa cans turned into toddler rattles, to DIY facemasks and home hacks. The one time I’ve actually agreed with this praise, though, is on finding this image:

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“Now that,” I thought, “is definitely The Best Thing I’ve Seen on Pinterest.”

Unfortunately, as often happens when you find something awesome on an internet pinboard, it linked me to a page that was published in Russian, and which (when translated) held only descriptions of other accessories that the author thought would be great. No actual purchasing page.

I was not deterred, however. I scoured the internet for similar devices, finding things such as this, which seemed like they would take up a lot of counter space (which I don’t have) and would require a lot of storage room.

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Finally, I found the actual product page. It’s called a “Blo and Go” and it looks awesome. The major complaints about it, though, on reading the reviews, were that it a) could only be installed on a mirror, b) sometimes fell off that mirror, and c) the weight of the hair dryer sometimes caused the arm to droop out of position, requiring frequent adjustment. It received awesome reviews though, for its convenience. Also, my old hair dryer (which my mom got me at Walgreens when I was in 7th grade, and which had stood up to all my abuse over the years), had finally blown a circuit and died. ChoiLoi had surprised me with a new one for my birthday, and I figured this would be an awesome accessory.

I decided I didn’t want to invest in the actual Blo and Go. I’d had a bedside lamp with the drooping problem, and it was really obnoxious. Also, my bathroom mirror is a medicine cabinet, and the full-length mirror in our bedroom would be completely dominated by the instillation, rendering its upper third (the part where my face usually ends up) unusable. So. What to do?

I wanted something that I could install into the wall beside my mirror, that could easily hold the weight of my hairdryer, and that would be fairly compact when stored.

I first imagined repurposing an accordion-arm mirror for the job (I think I’d originally seen this concept on Pinterest, but of course I forgot to pin it), but the only one I could find under $70 was from IKEA, and had complaints about its flimsiness. So I took to Amazon, and researched everything from boom mic holders, to flexible plumbing piping, to lamps with those folding-elbow thingies.

Finally, I discovered the solution. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it before:

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Who’d’ve thunk it?

It was on sale for $15, so I utilized our Prime shipping and waited impatiently for its arrival. It’s supposed to hold up to 33 lbs (so no drooping!), swivels 14″ from the wall (that’s not including the length of the hairdryer), and is designed to adjust vertically as well as laterally. Excellent!

It’s also perfectly designed to accommodate whatever DIY attachment method you can come up with. In the future, I think I’ll probably figure out a static, circular holder that would allow for the hairdryer to be removed easily (I’m imagining a couple of these suckers would do the job pretty well), but in my excitement I chose to MacGyver it rather than make a trip to the hardware store.

I used some wire to essentially twisty-tie it into place, which worked really well, and left all the buttons free.

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From the front.

 

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From the back.

Our walls are made out of some really intense cement sheet-rock, so I recruited ChoiLoi to help me install the thing next to our full-length mirror. I made sure that it was at such a height that I would easily fit under it, and that it would be shooting my hair from around 3-4″ distance when positioned normally. Of course, since it swivels all which ways, it’s able to be adjusted as needed.

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He did a great job!

This is what it looks like installed (I decided not to crop some of the background stuff, just so you had some perspective on how very unobtrusive it actually is). It can be folded up flat against the top corner of the mirror, which doesn’t block my view.

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Ta-da!

Now, the beauty of this thing is that it leaves your hands free. I recently read an article in which women justified spending $30/week to have their hair blown out, and I thought it was somewhat ridiculous. However, I do like pampering myself, and I’ve never been able to manage the use of a barrel brush while also wrangling my blowdryer, so this was the perfect solution. Here are some shots of it in action:

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I will eventually become a pro at this whole blow-out thing…

 

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Yep. Pretty cool.

As you can see, it lets me target my roots, and allows me me to pull the rest of my hair along the heat to seal the cuticle. There’s not a lot of shimmying around, which I would have expected, and I never felt that I had to crane my neck to accommodate it. If I really needed to, I could just reach up, position it for the section of hair was I targeting, and go! In all, it took me far less time to dry my hair than it normally would, and I noticed that the back especially came out much less frizzy because I could actually feel what I was doing.

I’m still going to have to work on my barrel-rolling technique, but there are some great tutorials out there, and I’m positive that I’ll be able to get it down now that I have two hands to work with instead of one. Yay for this!

Feel free to ask questions if you have them; I’m thinking the one thing about this is that it’s not as “cute” as the pictured one (ChoiLoi said that it kind of looks a bit industrial), but that could easily be overcome through some quick spray-painting in a more girly (or neutral) color. Maybe I’ll do that when I install the holder. I wonder if I could even use one of these things, somehow?

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2 Comments to ““The Best Thing I’ve Seen on Pinterest!””

  1. Amazing! She has always been creative about building things.

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