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Invention of Scissors

July 8, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

It is most likely that the scissors were invented in 1500 BC in ancient Egypt. These were shears with the joint at the far end, cross bladed scissors were invented by the Romans around 100 AD.

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scissors_china.jpg Scissors from Chinese Tang Era 618-907 AD

In 1761 Robert Hinchcliffe produced the first pair of modern day scissors made of hardened polish and cast steel. He was reputed to be the first person to put out a sign proclaiming himself to be a fine scissor manufacturer.

An ironworks was started in 1649 in the hamlet “Fiskars” between Helsinki and Turku.  In 1830 a new owner started a cutlery works in Finland making hairdressing scissors with the trademark “Fiskars”. Fiskars Corporation introduced new methods of manufacturing scissors in 1967.

fiskar-scissors.jpgFiskar scissors 1967.

Most hair scissors are best suited to use with the right hand, but left-handed scissors are designed for use by the left. Left-handed scissors have handles which are comfortable to hold in the left hand.

Till Next time Good Luck,

Niki

The Creation of Hair Straighteners

June 23, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Hair straighteners work by breaking down the hair’s hydrogen bonds found in the hair’s cortex, which cause hair to bend and become curly. Once the bonds are broken, hair is prevented from holding its original, natural form, though the hydrogen bonds can re-form if exposed to moisture.

hairstraighten-curly.jpgA females hair before and after straightening.
The hair straightener some say dates back to 1872 to a Parisian gentleman called Marcel Grateau. His early invention which were basically heat rods, were used with chemical lotions and then added to the hair to straighten it. When these methods were used there were many draw backs. People would find their hair becoming damaged and in most cases burnt. The first patented hair iron was in 1906 by Simon Monroe, he created a tool that had metal teeth and then would be combed through the hair. They seemed to work but nothing like what we have today.

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This is the actual patent from Simon Monroe, whereas to show the whole document would have taken too much space.

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This is Simon Monroe’s drawn picture of the hot combs. He filed for the patent in 1903 and it was issued in 1906.

The first “real” hair straightener design would have to be in 1909 by Issac Shero, he patented and invented the first heated hair care tools.

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This was the actual patent and plans for Issac Shero’s Hair Straightener.

The first designs were hot metal plates that were used to slide through the hair, the products were a great improvement on the early day inventions and reduced risk on damaging the hair. He then advanced his designs and introduced ones which included the ceramic straightener and electrical straighteners. He was also the first person to have adjustable heat settings and different size hair straighteners. The most common hair straightener today would be the ceramic ones with the heating elements. It was proven by the early models that using straighteners can be damaging for the hair if not used properly 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 there has been advancement in many of the hairstyling tools to prevent this from happening. Products such as heat protection sprays and conditioning creams will reduce the amount of damage caused by excessive use.

So you have pretty much read a lot of “inventions” in our hair blogs lately. If there is one you would like to know about feel free to let us know. Till next time, Good Luck,

Niki

Seventies Hairstyle

May 3, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

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As you can see, hairstyles from the 70’s aren’t too far off from styles of today.

Who is the first person we think of when we think of 70’s hair? Farrah Fawcett, of course and her feathered hair style, That style made it back decades later and I still see people wearing this style today. It is an easy style to achieve and all you really need to get this look is a hair straightener. When straightening the front sections of hair, rotate the iron when you reach the ends in the direction you want hair to flip. See How to Curl your Hair with a Hair Straightener for more step by step instructions.

Another interesting fact is that women in the 70’s didn’t have flat irons, they used irons, you know, the ones for clothes! The extra care they had to take in order not to burn their hair must have been great. Thank goodness technology changes a great deal but not our hair styles…

Another Seventies Hairstyle that has been incorporated into today’s styles is the shag, a messy cropped style with layers seen usually at shoulders length.

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This 70’s hairstyle is another simple style that you can do using your flat iron. Take sections of hair 1-2 inches wide and flip the ends of your hair out until your entire head is done.

As you can see styles come and go we just get new and improved technology to wear them. Be it 70’s or today you simply can’t go wrong, Although half the people you talk to will say “70’s was horrible for fashion and hair” the other half….the more important half will say “70’s hair and fashion rocked” I grew up in the 70’s and I am telling you the 70’s ROCKED, just don’t ask to see any of my photos…please!

Niki

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