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Has Your Hair Ever Caught on Fire?

The other day, I was talking to Yum about her recent birthday. Lots of friends, a cookie cake, and a trip to Chicago. Not too bad — except for some burnt hair. While leaning over to blow out her candles, her locks momentarily caught on fire. Thanks to the quick action of her friends, she was OK and didn't lose a noticeable amount from her shiny mane.

If you've ever smelled burning hair, ugh — it's something you'll never forget. It's got a distinctive sulfur aroma that I'd prefer to never whiff again. Yum's story isn't the first time I've heard about or seen accidental flames in someone's locks. In fact, my best friend and my mom are among the unlucky few. So, fill me in. Have you ever charred your coiffure or are you one of the fortunate ones with strands that have remained spark-free?


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emilyann325 emilyann325 8 years
my hair hasn't, but i once burnt my eyelashes... i did something really stupid and tried to smell a candle while it was still burning! i know, crazy. oh well! haha!
blondey blondey 8 years
.... Oh, and I didn't look cool to the friends I was trying to impress.....
blondey blondey 8 years
****I thought I would try being "cool" with some kids at the beach I was hanging with, so I bought a pack of cigarettes and a lighter so I could look like I smoked (of course it was my first cigarette). To make a long story short, I didn't know when you purchase a lighter there is a flame "height" control, and it was on HIGH. I went to light my cig, and a gentle breeze blew the flame and my bangs burned off!! It stunk, and I had a new hairstyle.... :makeup:
Food Food 8 years
Bella is right: My hair caught on fire TWICE in TWO DAYS! :true: I am still embarrassed. Once was when I was blowing out my birthday cake candles, and the second was when I used a candle to read the menu at a very dark bar... A friend who was there for both occasions gave me a fig candle shortly beforehand, and has vowed to take it back from me!!
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 8 years
No, which is a miracle considering I had waist-length hair til last year. Guess I dodged a bullet!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
No, but close. The ends of my hair was singed when I was barbecuing. What alerted me was that distinctive smell. Burning hair is that certain smell. Yuck.
nancita nancita 8 years
Thankfully no...but I did singe my eyelashes off once.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
No thank God.
Raiyah Raiyah 8 years
I am lucky that I have a hugeeee head of hair, even if half of it burned of (which it almost did, more like 1/4th of my head :D) I still have enough to make it seem like nothing ever happened :D
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
Mines been burnt singed and set on fire a few times. The worst is when I'm at home sitting in front of the open fire and an ember pops out and right into my hair. I've also had it go up at scout camps and when I smoked I missed the cigarette a few times with my lighter. Part of the reason I quit, accidentally setting myself on fire isn't fun.
cleegiants cleegiants 8 years
My sister had this experience! She was leaning over the candles on her birthday cake and suddenly, her hair was on fire. Somehow, shaking her head briefly caused the flames to go out instead of spreading, so disaster was avoided. I believe we were turning 13 (we're twins).
sundaygreen sundaygreen 8 years
Yes. I was in a bar, standing with my back to the mantelpiece of a fireplace. There were a couple of candles on it, and my ponytail must have hovered over one for too long because the entire thing caught alight. The person I was talking to didn't even notice, my brother had to run across the entire room to tell me it was aflame and put it out.
outofhere outofhere 8 years
Unfortunately yes and it reeks, you never forget it, that's forsure!
Katharine Katharine 8 years
It happened when I was very little but my mom put it out and i wasn't hurt.
tglynn tglynn 8 years
the smell is weird! I remember my friend and I would pluck a few hairs and burn them up with matches- just for the smell. lol
ModernGraceKelly ModernGraceKelly 8 years
No, but I have seen those people on t.v. who don't realize their hair is on fire... awful! The people who try to put it out pop you on the head and throw water at you... I don't use alot of hairspray, and keep away from flames...I did test it once, I took one hair I pulled out and lit it on fire to see what they were talking about. It smells awful and goes up in seconds!
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 8 years
Thankfully not, but I've come close many a time - dinner at my college is candle-lit every night, and we have to stand up when the professors come in, so my hair often swings dangerously towards the candles and I have to snatch it back.
julieulie julieulie 8 years
A few years ago, a dipshit undergrad caught my hair on fire in her moronic attempt to use a bunsen burner. I now have a 0% tolerance for undergrads and refuse to work with them.
emily_88_88 emily_88_88 8 years
I did two New Year's Eve's ago. At a NYE's party, I had leaned down to change the song at the party, leaned down, and the ends of my bangs caught on fire from a small tray of votive candles, but I didn't notice anything because I had reflexively combed out the fire (I had had a few cocktails then, too). I only realized after I combed out my hair, and saw that the ends of my hair was singed, a friend of mine said she saw the whole thing, and the room smelled so disgusting. So embarrassing! I spent the next 5 minutes finger-combing my hair out, and the next morning, there was no evidence of this. Definitely have some party guardian angels in my life.
devils devils 8 years
Nope, can't say that I have
Gtien Gtien 8 years
Yes! It was so scary, too. I was really young and trying to draw a butterfly on my friend's face with make-up (apparantly how I spent my youth, lol), and I got to close to a candle and I burnt a big piece of hair on the back of my head off! I still think that's where I got my crown from - my hair has never parted normally ever since that incident.
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
Never up in flames, but I've singed it twice.
GKitty GKitty 8 years
If a pressing comb counts...well, h*ll yes!!!
emalove emalove 8 years
I don't think so...
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 8 years
No, I know plenty of people whose hair did catch fire and then had the worst hair cuts.
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