Who Invented Hair Grease?


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Madam C.J. Walker invented hair grease. She was an American entrepreneur and philanthropist and is regarded as the first female self-made millionaire in America. She made her fortune developing hair products for black women with the Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company. She lived from 1867 until 1919.

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Madam C.J. Walker initially worked for Annie Turnbo Malone, another hair care enthusiast. Eventually, she became an independent hairdresser and manufacturer of hair products. At the time, many black women lost their hair because they didn't have clean, hot water to clean their hair, and the soaps they used caused their hair to fall out.

As time went on and her business became more successful, Madam Walker began to develop new hair products. She funded a laboratory in Indianapolis where new hair products were developed. She also taught other women managerial skills and helped black women build their businesses. She was considered to be a self-made businesswoman, something that was very rare at the time.

Madam Walker was also a major philanthropist. Just before her death, she donated $5000 to an anti-lynching fund. On May 25th, 1991, she died from complications of hypertension at the age of 51. Her daughter became president of her company.

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