Hola! I hope that you all are well rested from your long weekend as I am trying to get back into the swing of things. Going on this natural journey has made me think back to alot of women who paved the wave for black hair care and cosmetics. Please read about the three women below, as they were pioneers for us all whether straight or natural. However, I have to wonder why these women sought the need to invent something to straighten the hair–could it have been the times and they felt the need to conform with society or was it just a personal choice of their own. Please do tell what are your feelings about their inventions?
1. Annie Malone– Born in 1869 she was the 10th child out of 11. She was always fascinated with her hair and her sisters (all of which she would style). Her extreme interest in finding a way to straighten it lead her to become one of the most successful inventors, businesswoman, and philanthropist of the 20th century. Read more here.
2. Madam C. J. Walker– “I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations….I have built my own factory on my own ground.” A recruit of Anne Malone in the 1900s, she went on to become a one of the first successful black woman businesswoman. Some tend to believe that she invented the first hot comb but that isn’t necessarily true. She did have a lavish business in which she started with her first product ‘Madam Walker’s Wonderful Hair Grower’. Read more here.
3. Majorie S. Joyner– “If I can take pot roast rods and have a one-of-a-kind invention, believe me, people can do what they set their minds to.” In 1926 she created the first Permanent Wave machine that could curl or straighten hair by wrapping them on rods and allowing them to cook in order to set the hair. Just think of it as the first curling iron. Read more here.