Q:

Who invented hair curlers?

A:

Quick Answer

Solomon Harper, an African-American inventor, created the first hair curlers. His model was a thermostatic hair curler, and therefore relied on heat in order to curl hair. He received a patent for his original design in 1930, although he updated his device and applied for a second patent in 1953.

Know More

Full Answer

Harper's invention relied on electricity to provide the heat needed to curl hair. The next improvement to hair curlers was developed and patented in 1980 by a hairdresser named Theora Stephens, who developed a pressing/curling iron. Her design was more efficient than Harper's, but similarly relied on heat to curl hair.

Learn more about Inventions

Related Questions

  • Q:

    Who invented hair relaxer?

    A:

    African American inventor and clothing manufacturer Garrett Augustus Morgan invented hair relaxer in 1877, according to Sisters With Beauty. He subsequently founded the Hair Refining Company to sell his product. The original relaxer was made with soap and alkaline chemicals, which are still used in some modern-day perms and relaxers.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    When was hair dye invented?

    A:

    Hair dye dates back to the Egyptians in 3400 B.C., when henna was used to cover up gray hair. A Roman doctor named Galen came up with a recipe for black hair dye in 100 A.D., which was tested and proved to be effective in 2006.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    In what year was the hair straightener invented?

    A:

    While the exact year is unknown, the hair straightener dates back to at least 1872. At this time, a Parisian named Marcel Grateau was using heated combs or rods to curl and straighten hair. Straightening combs began to appear in Sears and Bloomingdale's catalogs in the 1880s.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Who invented hair dye?

    A:

    Eugene Schueller is credited as the inventor of the first permanent and commercial hair dye in the year 1907. Schueller called the dye Oreal, and his product would later grow into the company known today as L'Oreal.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore