hot comb

noun

Definition of hot comb

: a metal comb usually electrically heated for straightening or styling the hair

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hot-comb \ ˈhät-​ˌkōm How to pronounce hot-comb (audio) \ transitive verb

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Other methods, such as hot combs and flat irons, can cause serious burns or permanently damage hair, if used incorrectly. Dustin Gardiner, SFChronicle.com, "California bans bias against black people based on natural hairstyles," 3 July 2019 But a major change happened in the 1800s, when the hot comb—a literal comb heated on an oven—was invented. Collier Meyerson, WIRED, "The YouTubers Who Changed the Landscape for #NaturalHair," 18 June 2019 Greasing your scalp on the porch, pressing your bangs before church, gossiping in the salon while hot combs smoked the air—this was rich cultural stuff, a bonding experience. Tia Williams, Glamour, "Dear Black Moms, It's on Us to Dismantle What 'Good Hair' Means for Our Daughters," 24 Sep. 2018 In one photograph, an oven mitt, burner grate and hot comb are juxtaposed against a background of cotton candy pink. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Artists explore American identity in Sondheim Artscape Prize exhibit," 21 June 2018 Growing up, my white mother preferred to style my hair in braids rather than use a hot comb, so my hair didn’t look like the other black girls in school, who largely wore their hair straight. Rachel Charlene Lewis, SELF, "3 Scalp Masks for Dandruff That Didn’t Dry Out My Curly Hair," 28 May 2018 And recently, a hot comb experience that left me with serious heat damage. Jessica Cruel, SELF, "Wearing a Wig Doesn't Mean I Don't Love My Natural Hair," 29 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of hot comb

1919, in the meaning defined above

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