After becoming paralyzed from the neck down by an accident at her bachelorette party, Rachelle Friedman has become an inspiration and an advocate for others with disabilities. Since her injury, she's gotten married, played adapted sports like rugby and hand-cycling, written a book and just had a baby.
While she hasn't let her disability get her down, there are a few simple things that she can't do that the rest of us might take for granted, like being able to straighten our hair. She talked about this in her recent Reddit AMA, saying, "...if there was a way that a hair straightener would clamp with the motion of just lifting your hand back then that would be amazing. I just can't squeeze a hair straightener to make a clamp."
Reddit user I_Lase_You helped her achieve her #beautygoals by making a specialized device that does just that and uploaded a video on YouTube to demonstrate exactly how it works. The basic idea is that you slide your arm into the device and tighten to fit, and the motion of lifting your arm causes the iron to clamp down on your hair so that styling is simple. The clamp releases when your arm is brought back down. Genius? We think so!
His random act of kindness left Rachelle giddy, saying on her Facebook page, "I know it's just hair, but to many women in my situation this could bring a bit more independence in feeling beautiful!"
Seriously, can we give this guy all the hugs?