Q: What is the difference between a curling iron and a curling wand?
The term curling iron was likely devised to indicate it's similarity to and ease of use equal to that of a household iron. It takes the mystery out of the concept of using heat styling to curl the hair.
Curling Wand was probably a marketing idea designed to invoke some image of hair magic meant to encourage people to buy a particular brand of tool.
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