A hair dryer tip

Clairol twelve hundred hair dryer with five metre cable and green plug

Clairol 1200 hair dryer with long cable

Hair drying for those of us lucky enough to have our own hair, and those of us especially lucky like me to have enough for Suzie as well as Bob, can be a serious business.

I received the Clairol 1200 as a gift in the ’80s, huge power like 1.2KW at the time was unheard of for a hair dryer, it was awsome. Perhaps it is a bit tame by today’s standards when you can get a 2KW monster from Argos for a fiver – but it has endured and is still in regular use.

The biggest shortcoming of most hair dryers is the length of the cord. My head is very rarely within two metres of a socket, unless I am sorting out the wiring behind the telly. A long time a go Mrs. Suzie decided that she wanted an extension lead for the hair dryer.

“What is wrong with this one?” I asked picking up the four metre extension that was useful for most applications.

“It’s too long.” was the inevitable response.

Don’t ask for an explanation, there will never be one.

Mrs Suzie held the dryer where she wanted to use it, waved it around a bit, and I measured the distance from the plug to the wall socket. I duly constructed a new extension lead two metres long.

It may surprise you to find that a two metre extension lead can be so incredibly useful. Hardly a day went by without the special extension lead being used for something other than hair drying and was therefore unavailable.

“Why do I have to use an extension lead, can’t I have a longer lead on it?”

There followed plan ‘B’. So now, as  you see illustrated, the Clairol 1200 as well as it’s coordinated green ’80s plug, has a five metre cable.

Oh yes, the tip. If your hair dryer has a long cable, it is quite liable to get a bit twisted with all the rolling up and unrolling that goes on. the trick to avoiding this is when packing it away fold the cable in half so that the plug and dryer are in the same place, and then roll up the cable double. When you get it out, because the cable is double, there will be equal amounts of twist both ways that will cancel out.

Suzie x

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