Carmel grad launches Unplugged, the cordless straightener for ‘everybody’

The straighteners, designed by Ryan Crean, have built-in USB charging ports that can hook into any device. (Submitted photo)

The straighteners, designed by Ryan Crean, have built-in USB charging ports that can hook into any device. (Submitted photo)

By Audrey Bailey



Ryan Crean knew cosmetology was her calling ever since the awkward, not-so-glorious days of middle school.

“In seventh grade, I went through my not-so-attractive phase. I had horrible skin. I had braces. My hair was like an afro. I just was not feeling good about myself. I didn’t know what to do,” Crean said. “So, my mom actually bought me a straightener; that was my first straightener. And after I used that, my life just changed.”

Since that pivotal moment, Crean has worked in top hair salons, specialized in hair extensions and has even founded her own beauty company. And now, Crean has made her passion for beautiful, stylish hair something obtainable to anyone.

Crean’s new product Unplugged is a compact-sized, cordless hair-straightening flat iron that can be taken and used with ease, on the go. Featured on Kickstarter, Crean hopes to raise $35,000 by Nov. 5 of this year in order to help make her goal of mass production a reality.

“From there, our goal is to have all the flat-irons here and everything starting by the New Year,” Crean said. “I came up with it because I’ve been traveling so much (for) my career, and I needed something. There are some times I’ve been at a beach shoot, and I didn’t have anything,” Crean said.

Unplugged is revolutionary in design, not only due to its compact size but also because of its many special features. It comes equipped with a zero to 450 degree temperature setting and has a built-in USB charging port that can hook into any device, anywhere. The flat iron also uses a lithium battery that can hold a charge for up to an hour.

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