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TikTok shows how to curl your hair on a radiator

Sure, it's cold. But maybe don't get too close?


Audra Schroeder

Internet Culture

Posted on Dec 9, 2020

TikTok offers many hacks—some revelatory, some inadvisable. Curling your hair on your radiator probably falls into the latter category.

An Italian TikToker posted a clip last week showing her prepping her hair and then wrapping a strand around her radiator. A follow-up video showing the resulting curl got more more than 1 million views.

Another TikToker tried it out on her radiator, revealing a perfect curl.


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Now, these radiators look fairly new, so maybe they won’t singe your hair and/or face. I’ve only ever encountered radiators you definitely don’t want to put your hair anywhere near, though that overheating feature is apparently a result of infection control measures during the 1918 Spanish flu.

Many commenters asked why they don’t just use a curling iron, and it’s a valid question. Others cautioned against doing this, which is also valid. Elsewhere, people are using radiators as blow dryers.

Over on radiator TikTok, things are a little different: Use it to curl your hair or worship it as a god?

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*First Published: Dec 9, 2020, 1:44 pm CST