Early 20th Century Hair Facts...


he Birth of Hairdressing - in the United States, the first known school for hairdressing was established in Chicago in 1890.  


leaching and touch-ups in 1891 were done the same way as they are done today using peroxide of hydrogen and ammonia.


he term "colorist" was born in the late 1800s.



 first class establishment charged only five cents for cutting bangs.  


he two most influential devices that drastically changed the grooming habits of women in the late 19th century were the creation of the Marcel wave and the hot-blast hair dryer known today as the blow dryer.  


he first electric haircutter was used in 1903.   It was a comb with a fine platinum wire connected to the electric lighting system.  The wire was heated to incandescence, and as the comb was run through the hair, the ends were burnt off.


he permanent waving machine was invented by Charles Nessler in the early 20th century.  A spiral method of perming hair was first introduced in the United States in 1906.  


ynthetic hair was invented in 1908 and was comprised of a cellulose base obtained from corded cotton, corn and other grains.

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