What does any normal girl do when she finds herself in K-town with an hour free before lunch at one of the best Korean restaurants in the world? Why, get a blow out at a Korean hair salon, of course! Well, at least that’s what I did. Everything started out quite predictably. But after my shampoo, they pulled out this scary looking contraption which almost made me run right out of there with sopping-wet hair. Before allowing them to put the ominous metal object anywhere near my head, I got the full scoop. The owner explained that their solid-steel curling iron heats hair without damaging it and is far superior to the traditional ceramic iron. She then promptly produced a ceramic model, saying, “See this? Ceramic, weak. No good for hair and curl no last! THIS is like perm, last 4-5 days if you no wash!” She went on to explain that 50 years ago in Korea, women used barrel-shaped heated steel to curl their hair. According to her, the modern made-in-the-USA version is similar to the old school Korean versions. The irons are heated in the vestibule and stay hot for almost 20 minutes – and they are not connected to a power source. There are two sizes to allow for customized curls. Oil was applied to my hair prior to curling and the result was bouncy and soft wavy curls.