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The Hair Straightener Celebrates Over 125 Years.

Jan 24, 2008
The Hair straightener or some may call them hair tongs either way they have become the modern day must have hair accessory for women and now many men. The humble hair straightener some say can date right back to 1872 to a Parisian gentleman called Marcel Grateau. His early invention which was basically heat rods which were used with chemical lotions which were then added to the hair to straighten it. Like many early day inventions there were many draw backs and many people would find their scalp and hair became damaged and in many cases burnt. The first registered hair iron patent was in 1906 by a chap called Simon Monroe, his invention was basic and in a different format. The hair tool he created consisted of metal teeth which the user would use to comb through the hair; these worked but would not be considered the same product as the hair straighteners that are used today.

The first real hair straightner design that could be considered would have to be in 1909 by Issac Shero, he patented and invented the first heated hair care tools. The first designs were basically hot metal plates that were used to slide through the hair, the products were a great improvement on the early day inventions and provided the user with a much reduced risk on damaging the hair. He then advanced the designs at a later date and introduced more advanced ones which included the ceramic straightener and electrical straighteners. Not only this, but he was also the first person to provide the user with the ability to adjust the heat settings and the sizes of the straightener.

Most of his design techniques are still used to this very day in the modern day hair salon or home and the reliance on his invention has become second nature to most people. The most common straightener today would be the ceramic ones with the heating elements. The technology remains the same, however has become more sophisticated. The ceramic ones became the chosen type for many for a number of reasons which include the fact that they are less damaging to the hair to use and the ceramic heating elements heat up quickly.

It was proven by the early models that using straighteners can be damaging for the hair if not used correctly or too much, this still applies today and the chances of getting split ends, or brittle and broken hair is increased. Unlike in the early days though there has been advancement in many of the hair tools to prevent this from happening. Products such heat protection sprays and creams will reduce the amount of damage caused by excessive use. There have been some other advances since the early invention by Issac Shero and the addition of having straighteners that allow the user to straighten wet hair is one good example. Overall though the ceramic ones are the most common and remain the brain child of the early day inventors and will be around for many more years to come.
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Kristy is a professional hair stylist and writer for My Hair Styling Tools a leading supplier of Ceramic Hair Straighteners Visit us at: http://www.myhairstylingtools.com
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