The first electric curling iron was invented in 1959 by Rene Lelievre and Roger Lemoine. This electric version was an improvement on earlier versions of curling irons as it prevented hair from being singed and hands or heads being burned. It also meant that the temperature could be controlled for easier hair styling.
Hair curling irons have been used throughout history by Babylonians, Assyrians, Egyptians and Persians; however, the modern day heated version was invented in 1872 by Marcel Grateau, creating a semi-permanent wave in hair, known as the Marcel Wave, that became an extremely popular style for women. Roger Lemoine and Rene Lelievre expanded on this idea with an electric version of the curling iron to make a more user-friendly instrument that was kinder to hair.