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Sometimes, it pays to straighten your hair

Hair straightening vending machines are now taking over the U.K.

Beautiful Vending

The concept of a hair-straightening vending machine didn't make a whole lot of sense to me off the bat, but perhaps that's because my hair is naturally arrow-straight and I'm always drowning it in goo in ill-fated attempts to give it a little bit of life. But my curly-haired friends assure me that--especially in these humid summer months--hair straighteners installed in the bathrooms of bars and clubs would be a godsend.

And, yes, they'd be willing to pay a bit of cash to use them.

A company called Beautiful Vending is doing just that: manufacturing hair straighteners "for those occasions when sleek and sexy turns to shock and horror," and have installed over 500 in bars, gyms, shopping centers, and nightclubs across the U.K. (Why, again, do the Brits get all the cool after-hours gadgets?) For the equivalent of $2.00, you are treated to two minutes of frizz-busting heat that'll

It doesn't look like there are any installed in the U.S. just yet. But since blown-out and straightened hair is more or less the uniform in such enclaves of excess as Manhattan's Meatpacking District, it shouldn't take too long before club managers realize they can capitalize off female (and male, if Jared Leto is any indicator) patrons' life-or-death need to keep their tresses tamed.

(Via The Cool Hunter)