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7 Black Inventions Related to Hair

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

     I thought that with the ending of Black History month it was only fitting that I do a post not only related to my blog but to the ideas of the month which has just passed.

In keeping with that train of thought I rustled up a list of black inventions which are related to hair care.

In no particular order

Name Invention Patent Date
Theora Stephens Pressing/ Curling Iron 1983
Walter Simmons Pressing Comb
Soloman Harper Thermo Hair Curlers
Lydia D. Newman Hair Brush Nov. 15, 1898
Madame C.J. Walker Hair Care Products *** 1905
Marjori Joyner Permanent Waving Machine
A.P. Abourne Improvements in the refinement of coconut oil July 27, 1980

 *** See comment section for comment made by A’Lelia Bundles Madam C.J. Walker’s great great grand-daughter.

To black history!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Thursday, March 3, 2016 9:29 PM

    this is plain bullshit fuck my pussy now its wet

  2. Anonymous permalink
    Monday, February 6, 2012 1:33 PM

    this is awesome! i love hair!

  3. Tuesday, March 2, 2010 3:15 PM

    Love your photo and blog name!
    As Madam C. J. Walker’s biographer and great-great-granddaughter, I’m glad to see her mentioned, but I wanted to let you know that she did not invent the hot comb. I know many people have heard and believed this myth for years, but it’s just not true. She did include a hot comb in the kits for her sales agents and beauty culturists, but the hot comb was around long before she founded her business in 1906 and was advertised in Sears and Bloomingdale’s catalogues as early as 1890 when Madam Walker still was Sarah Breedlove McWilliams, a poor struggling washerwoman in St. Louis. As a pioneer of the modern hair care industry, Madam Walker’s first contribution to the hair care industry and black women was to create a system of hair hygiene with a shampoo and ointment that healed scalp disease. I hope your readers will have a chance to visit my website at and go to the “HAIR” section where there are links to interviews and articles about Madam Walker’s contribution to the hair care industry and her role as an entrepreneur, philanthropist, political activist and advocate of women’s economic independence.
    A’Lelia Bundles

    • Tuesday, March 2, 2010 7:13 PM


      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. Thank you also for clarifying what Ms. Walker invented.

      I will leave this comment up and indicate the changes to my readers.

      Thank you again.


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