Early 20th Century Hair Facts...

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he Birth of Hairdressing - in the United States, the first known school for hairdressing was established in Chicago in 1890.  

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leaching and touch-ups in 1891 were done the same way as they are done today using peroxide of hydrogen and ammonia.

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he term "colorist" was born in the late 1800s.

 

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 first class establishment charged only five cents for cutting bangs.  

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he two most influential devices that drastically changed the grooming habits of women in the late 19th century were the creation of the Marcel wave and the hot-blast hair dryer known today as the blow dryer.  

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he first electric haircutter was used in 1903.   It was a comb with a fine platinum wire connected to the electric lighting system.  The wire was heated to incandescence, and as the comb was run through the hair, the ends were burnt off.

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he permanent waving machine was invented by Charles Nessler in the early 20th century.  A spiral method of perming hair was first introduced in the United States in 1906.  

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ynthetic hair was invented in 1908 and was comprised of a cellulose base obtained from corded cotton, corn and other grains.


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