In What Year Was the Hair Straightener Invented?


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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.

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While the person who invented hair straighteners is unknown, Madam C.J. Walker is credited with teaching African-American women how to use the hot comb to straighten their hair. She also invented a line of hair care products specifically for African-American women in 1905. In doing so, she became one of the first American women to be considered a self-made millionaire.

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