When Was the Curling Iron Invented?

When Was the Curling Iron Invented?

When Was the Curling Iron Invented?

The curling iron was invented in 1872 by Frenchman Marcel Grateau, who used metal tongs that were heated over a gas burner. The style he created with the tongs was called the Marcel wave.

Grateau's curling tongs operated like a pair of scissors. The user opened the handle, inserted the hair and closed the tongs to create a crimp. A long piece of hair could be wrapped around the tongs to create a curl. This system required the user to keep the handle closed while the hair was curling. Modern-day curling irons employ a spring-loaded handle that holds the hair against the iron.