This is my first official post, so I thought it would be a good time to answer and expand upon a question I get asked a lot – “How did you come up with the idea of the Iron Armour Glove?”
The simple answer is the idea came to me after my first Brazilian Blowout class when I burned my fingers more times than I could count trying to practice the technique. Of course I’m going to give you a little bit more than the simple answer because it just wouldn’t be me if I stopped there; plus the story is a lot more wondrous than that!
Five years ago when I walked into that Brazilian Blowout class I never would have guessed that it would spark such a dramatic change in my life journey. I was, and still am very happy being a stylist, but that class helped awaken my entrepreneurial/inventor spirit encouraging me to step out of my comfort zone. Looking back it was my catalyst for extreme personal and spiritual growth.
But the Steven five years ago had no idea about the journey that I was about to embark on! All I knew was that I was excited to master this new technique that was destined to become popular. The problem was that I could not figure out a way to touch the hair because it was too dang hot! Not only did I have to touch this 400-degree iron to hair repeatedly, but I also had to keep consistent tension for the procedure to be fully effective. I tried everything I could think of and landed on using a comb to pick up and hold the hair but it was not enough – I could not get the tension right and picking up the hair was a challenge.
I knew there had to be a better solution, but I couldn’t find anything so I set out to design it. My goals were to create something that:
- Could save people from burning their fingers
- Would be durable for busy stylists
- Bring efficiency to a time consuming procedure
After some brainstorming I realized a glove was the answer. Once the vision was in my head I started sharing my newfound dream with my clients. I have been very fortunate in my journey with Iron Armour, when I put out into the universe that I need something – whether it is advise, ideas, connections or help – the right people seem to fall into my chair. I was able to find the right fabric for a first prototype, get the initial prototypes made and begin testing all through my client’s and their connections.
I guess you could say that when I decide to do something and create a change I jump right in. This adventure has taught me more about business, being a stylist and my own self-drive than I thought possible. I have grown, my dreams have grown, I have gained confidence in myself as a creator and businessman and now something inside me can’t be stopped. I am fueled by the action of helping more people and it gives me the strength and the confidence to evolve the Iron Armour product line. My head is filled with ideas, some of which are in various stages of production, and we look forward to sharing new Iron Armour products with you. Thank you for your support and welcome to the Iron Armour Group!