cooked hair

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There’s a smell in the air. A mix of exhaust and exhaustion. Also cooked food and cooked hair.

Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds

Is cooked hair a humorous way of referring to hair being done?

Please help. Thank you.
  • MrMuselk

    Senior Member
    English - South East England
    I think so, due to people curling their hair and ironing it (?) Can’t remember the word; never really use it), and that leaves a smell of “burning hair’.
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