curling iron


Definition of curling iron 

: a rod-shaped usually metal instrument which is heated and around which a lock of hair to be curled or waved is wound

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To get the same look, wrap large sections around a curling iron like the Sarah Potempa Beachwaver, softly brush out and tease with a Spornette Little Wonder brush, set with a light hair spray, then smooth it back into a high pony. Lauren Valenti, Marie Claire, "Hannah Davis Makes a Gym Ponytail Red Carpet-Worthy, Solves All Our #SummerHairProblems," 16 July 2015 The curling iron in question is the ghd Curve Classic Curl Iron, which Appleton used to curl random sections of hair for even more defined waves. Emily Wang, Allure, "Kim Kardashian Wore Her Hair in a Wavy Ponytail at the 2018 CFDA Awards," 5 June 2018 In search of a new skin-care routine, go-to curling iron, or makeup-removing wipes bought in bulk? Samantha Sasso,, "The Long-Weekend Beauty Sales About To Take All Your Money," 25 May 2018 Once the back and sides are pinned, switch to a marcel curling iron for the front, top section to create a face-framing barrel curl. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Put a Modern Twist on Old Hollywood Pin Curls," 1 Sep. 2016 When the skin is damaged due to a trauma—my curling iron burn is the perfect example—the body begins to form new collagen fibers. Emily Rekstis, SELF, "9 Ways to Use Bio-Oil, the Drugstore Scar Treatment People Love," 22 June 2018 Curios include a washing machine from 1916 and a curling iron that had to be heated on a stove. Carissa D. Lamkahouan, Houston Chronicle, "A quiet place to meet old La Porte," 10 July 2018 Symonds then wrapped 1-inch sections of Cuoco’s hair around two different curling irons, alternating between using a 1-inch curling iron and a 1 ¼-inch tool to help ensure Cuoco’s curls looked texturized and not just like one uniform wave. Maria Pasquini,, "How Kaley Cuoco Achieved Her 'Effortless and Natural’ Wedding Day Look — All the Details!," 1 July 2018 Shannon, who's also the founder of Pink Dust Cosmetics (AKA Christina's go-to makeup line), swears by using a 1-inch curling iron to get those loose, effortlessly chic waves. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Christina El Moussa Just Debuted The Haircut You'll Want To Take To Your Stylist, ASAP," 13 June 2018

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1616, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of curling iron

: a device with a long metal part that is heated to curl hair

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