Who Invented The Straightener And The Curling Iron?

Who Invented The Straightener And The Curling Iron?

Ohhh… where do I start?… I haven’t posted in a long time. The reason for that is schoolwork takes up a lot of time and then after school I have homework and then after homework, I have chores. It’s just a lot. But today I had enough time to write a post. I thought I would think of something random (like always.)

I thought, “Who invented the hair straightener and the curling iron?” I have been wondering this for a while now but I never really looked it up.

Who Invented The Hair Straightener?

Here’s what I got when I did look it up…

The first heat rods were created and used in 1872 by Erica Feldman, who took heated irons and applied them to the head to shape hair. But she did not create an actual device to straighten hair. Ian Gutgold was the first to experiment with hair-straightening chemicals but stopped his experimentation after burning the scalps of several women. In 1912, Lady Jennifer Bell Schofield created the first straightening iron involving two metal plates that rested between a hinge–still, the straightening model we use today.

I got this information from Leaf.

So, three people worked to make the hair straightener but they didn’t work together. Hmm.. interesting.

Who Invented The Curling Iron?

I also did some research on the curling iron so let’s see what information I found on that.

History records show that the first registered curling iron patent was obtained in the year 1866 by Hiram Maxim, an American-born British citizen, who also invented the Maxim gun (the first machine gun) and the common household mousetrap. It’s quite a strange blend of inventions that are credited to his name, but many attribute the history of the curling iron to his name. But do not assume that you have found the answer just yet. Because there are many others who also stake their claim for this invention.

About 4 years later, two Frenchmen named Maurice Lentheric and Marcel Grateau applied the concept of hot air drying and heated curling tongs to create a whole new style of hairdo, known as the Marcel waves. These curling tongs ensured that the waves of this particular hairstyle lasted a long time. Now, it is impossible to say if these two Frenchmen merely used the device invented by Hiram Maxim, or they modified it in some way to make their own version of it. This ambiguity is exactly why it becomes difficult to accurately ascertain the identity of the inventor.

I got this information at HairGlamourista.

It seems these inventions were both invented in similar ways. Both the hair straightener and the curling iron were invented by more than one person.

Well, I hope you have an amazing day!!! BYE!

Oh, and also if you want to see how my birthday went then click here.

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