Where Did That Come From | Fun History Facts About Curling Irons

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The curling iron, also called a curling tong, is used to create curls and/or waves in a person’s hair. There are a variety of curling irons, from the least expensive available in any WalMart or WalMart-like store to the extremely expensive (like those used in beauty salons around the world).

Here’s are a few short excerpts from Wikipedia.org intermixed with my own thoughts:

Curling irons… There are many different types of modern curling irons, which can vary by diameter, material, and shape of barrel and the type of handle. The barrel’s diameter can be anywhere from .5 inches (1.3 cm) to 2 inches (5.1 cm). Smaller barrels are typically used to create spiral curls, and the largest barrels are used to give shape and volume to a hairstyle.

Made of different types of material like TefLon, ceramic, tourmaline, metal or even titanium, every curling iron has its “pros and cons.” In fact, even the barrel itself results in a different outcome:

The barrel’s [curling iron's] shape can either be a cylinder, cone, or reverse cone, and the iron can have brush attachments or double and triple barrels.

A majority of curling iron users select the spring-loaded types basically because they tend to be less expensive and a bit more forgiving (read easier to use). However, even these have their drawbacks since they typically do not last as long (you will replace them more often), and depending on the user, can cause more crimping then curling.

Here’s another example of a curling iron model, and check out how far back its history goes:

…a Marcel handle, named after Marcel Grateau, one applies his or her own pressure to the clamp. For this reason, they are more difficult to use, and they are usually used only by professional stylists in salons. Clipless wands have no clamp, and the user simply wraps hair around a rod. Most clipless curling irons come with a Kevlar glove to avoid burns. Marcel Grateau invented the hair straightener in 1872.

Did you see the special note about needing a Kevlar glove? It’s true, those nasty burns, regardless of what type of curling iron you use happen.

While I can’t do much for you while you are physically using your curling iron, I can help keep you and anyone wandering in the vicinity safe when it is on and in use.

So be sure to visit the AmericanBeauty website for our product line of safety mounts and keep yourself and your family out of the emergency room!

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