hot comb


: a metal comb usually electrically heated for straightening or styling the hair
hot-comb transitive verb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Chemical perms and hot comb presses have long been (mis)understood as a form of assimilation — as a bowing to Eurocentric beauty standards. Evan Nicole Brown, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Nov. 2022 The sound of the stove sizzling with the hot comb resting on top. Jailynn Taylor, Essence, 23 Oct. 2022 The Tymo Ring is like a hot comb and straightening brush in one. Medea Giordano Gear Team, WIRED, 12 Oct. 2022 Every single couture look served as a take on a Black invention — from the horseshoe, to the mop, and of course, the hot comb. Blake Newby, Essence, 10 July 2021 The image of her megastar mother, Diana Ross, one of history’s most glamorous women, hovering at a stove with a hot comb in hand tickles me. Lola Ogunnaike, Marie Claire, 17 May 2021 According to Byrd, the story goes something like this: While backstage in a dressing room doing her hair before a performance, Billie was using a hot comb that was too hot and burned off a section of her hair near her left ear. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 26 Feb. 2021 The hot comb turns out to be too strong for Carey’s hair and scorches it, and the women call off their mission. Emily Lordi, The New Yorker, 2 Oct. 2020 The hot comb is such a symbol of Blackness and the beauty standards that we've been fed for decades. Alison S. Cohn, Harper's BAZAAR, 25 Aug. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hot comb was in 1919

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Cite this Entry

“Hot comb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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