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Beauty Byte: UK Bars Offering Bathroom Hair Straighteners

First came condom machines, tampon dispensers, and even perfume spritzers. But the latest bathroom vending trend is just plain weird: coin-operated hair straighteners and curling irons. (Thanks to Beauty and the Blog for the tip.) Strange, but true: A British company called Beautiful Vending has created a hair-straightening vending machine called Straight Up.

Found in nightclubs, bars, malls, and gyms, these wall-mounted machines offer GHD flat irons for customers who need a quick fix for misbehaving hair. According to the Beautiful Vending web site: "Your customer’s bad hair days are now a thing of the past, and they will thank you once our Beautiful Vending machine is installed."

Now, I can see how this might be a nice feature in a locker room or hotel — much like the ubiquitous hair dryers — but nightclubs? It's hard to imagine women taking dancing breaks to line up and straighten their hair. So please, tell me: Would you use a straightening iron during a night out?


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gigill gigill 7 years
The first time I saw this was last summer in Ibiza. It struck me as quite strange.
bengalspice bengalspice 7 years
In a hotel bathroom maybe ... if I'm at a really fancy party that I need to touch up. Probably not in a club/bar setting where they might be a longer line for it than to use the toilet [to be honest].
ishop2much ishop2much 8 years
Sounds great to me!!!
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 8 years
I would love this!! My hair is always poker-straight leaving the house but after a few drinks, and a boogie, I end up with a ball of frizz.
hannaxpoo hannaxpoo 8 years
hmm sounds a little unhygenic to me. also, in my drunken state i'd probably end up just burning myself... or others.
imahoopie imahoopie 8 years
I think it's a great idea! Like other members have noted, if a rainstorm takes you by surprise you can end up with frizzy hair. I, too, have wished for a hair straightener to magically appear in these situations. I don't think the hygiene issue is as dramatic as some may think. Straighteners and curling irons get really really hot, and I think that would kill any bacteria, lice, etc. I bet they'll be marketed to hotels and gyms next.
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 8 years
Ewww..that is so gross!
shini shini 8 years
if I wanted lice i'd go dip my head in a dirty licy pillow. I don't even straghten my hair at home, so no thanks.
butterfly7 butterfly7 8 years
NO WAY! Like everyone with the hygiene issue. What was this company thinking!?
Advah Advah 8 years
Jup, I've always seen straighteners in bars and clubs here. Obviously you don't know what girls who go out look like here, I'd say that 90% of them use the straighteners in clubs. Which is an interesting contrast with my always frizzy/curly hair and probably uncool partying clothes! :D
kayleigh83 kayleigh83 8 years
Totally!! LOL that is a cool idea
Vannuccia Vannuccia 8 years
I'd definitely use it!
Vannuccia Vannuccia 8 years
I'd definitely use it!
rubiesymusica rubiesymusica 8 years
so good but yet the more i think about it so not a good idea at clubs.
little-frenchie little-frenchie 8 years
i love it, i would sure use it.... it's perfect when you have an emergency (a date for example....)
cocca cocca 8 years
i agree with pollypo about drunk girls burning themselves... here's another scenario, what if there's a line of girls, especially in night clubs, and the damn thing is too hot to clean? i would rather stick to bringing a hair band or hair clip and putting my hair up... that way, it keeps me cool and still look fly than risking getting burned!
megagirl megagirl 8 years
I love this idea! Just to be able to touch up a couple pieces by my face makes all the difference!
isahrangme isahrangme 8 years
i would use it in a nightclub. all that dancing makes people sweat which puts moisture in the air. my hair + moisture = frizz but then AGAIN, i'm a germaphobe.... so using a straightener that many other women w/ who knows WHAT in their hair... not cool
isahrangme isahrangme 8 years
i would use it in a nightclub. all that dancing makes people sweat which puts moisture in the hair + moisture = frizzbut then AGAIN, i'm a germaphobe.... so using a straightener that many other women w/ who knows WHAT in their hair... not cool
look-its-cath look-its-cath 8 years
Wow! This is hilarious :)
katiedid0985 katiedid0985 8 years
That's an ingenious idea! There are definetly times I would have loved to have had this. But I agree w/ pollypo, people in clubs/bars are generally a bit on the drunk side, I don't know if it would be the best idea to use something hot when you've been drinking!
Hollywoodjess Hollywoodjess 8 years
thats amazing but thats not very kind of a germaphobe
karisaamy karisaamy 8 years
I would use it based on what photjunkie said, you just clean it before and after. I would be cleaning the whole thing each time.
kendallina kendallina 8 years
I would love that, but I don't know how I feel about using a straightener every other sweaty girl with frizzy hair has used.
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