|3 Vintage Metal Curling Irons - Etsy|
With the introduction of gas stoves, a rather devilish contraption was manufactured. This thing was hooked up to your gas stove and, um, safely heated your iron. (You can see a fancy one here.) I don't know which method scares me more!
|Rare Antique Gas Hair Curling Iron Holder - Swan Creek Cottage on Etsy|
|Antique electric curling iron heater 1920s|
I waited until the pot of water was nice and steamy then put the metal end of the crimping tool in the water to heat. I waited about 20 to 30 minutes then tested the crimping iron on a very small section of hair. It worked! No sizzling and no burned hair. :) The crimping tool never got that hot.
Pardon the crummy cell photo pictures, still working on camera issues. This is not the best picture but you can kind of see the waves. I started with damp hair and applied a small amount of setting lotion.
I only crimped a small section of hair but I think you see the desired affect. This style of crimping iron produces smallish, soft waves.
I found that the iron only held its heat for a few short minutes. Enough it get one crimp before needing to return it to the hot water. If I started with hotter water, and gave the iron more time to heat at the start, this process could go a little bit quicker.
So would I try this again? Even though it took forever to crimp just the very front sections of my hair, I liked the finished look. I think I might.