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History of Hair Essentials Part 1

We use several different hair products and accessories every day but do you ever wonder how we came across these luxuries in life? 

Curling Iron     

Imagine having your head burned over and over and your hair damaged because you wanted your hair curled to go out tonight. 

The first curling irons were a rod of iron or bronze that was heated over a fire which allowed for no control over temperature. Now, remember we are looking back 6,000 years ago to when this ancient curling iron was used by Babylonians, Assyrians, Persians, Greeks and Egyptians. 

It wasn’t until 1959, when Rene Lelievre and Roger Lemon invented The Electric Curling Iron that made it less risk of burning hair because there was more temperature control and it made curls more consistent. 

Curling irons today have come along way and have made it easy to create beautiful curls in minutes for all occasions. 

So, tonight when you pull out your curling iron, thank our ancestors for burning their heads. 


Have you ever wore a comb in your hair to reflect your social status? Well, that’s why combs were worn as accessories in ancient China. 

Combs originated in 5500 B.C. when ancient Egyptians carved out combs with pieces of emerging cultures and have been found across history by archaeologists. 

In the 1930s and 1940s decorative hair combs were the accessory of choice, worn when sophisticated up-dos were the fashion. 

However, combs have definitely advanced over the years into efficient hair maintenance and haircare tools. We now have hundreds of different combs today, that are designed for all hair types, lengths and textures. Most combs are made from plastic with teeth, called combdrumbs and vary in size and spacing. Combs are mainly used to tame stray hairs and detangle wet hair and can also be very handy when making a ponytail, to help keep it in place. Some combs are designed with a small thin handle, known as a rattail, which are great when parting your hair.

                                                                                                  Hair Dye      

Today, about 70 percent of women colour their hair. Are you one of them?

Hair dye was accomplished by Egyptians in 1500 BC using henna to hide grey hair. Later Greeks and Romans used pigeon excrement to dye hair blonde and mixed leeches with vinegar and then sat in the sun to dye their hair black. 

In 1863, English chemist William Henry Perkin created mauve hair dye named Mauveine. 

In 1907, the founder of L’Oréal, Eugene Schueller created the first chemical dye for commercial purposes. 

The struggle was real to get real colour, now you can go to the salon and choose from several different tones of just blonde or brown. Not to mention, every colour of the rainbow in ten different shades for each colour. We’re pretty lucky. 


Straight hair became popular in the 1960s when women started to use clothing irons to press their hair straight. Don’t lie, you tried it. It worked, but it wasn’t safe!  

Back in 1872, a Parisian man named Marcel Grateau invented the first straightener known as the Marcel Wave. A women, Erica Feldman was the first to try an ironing device to style her hair, using heated iron rods. 

In 1906, Grateau created a more advanced heated styling tool with metallic teeth. 

By 1909, Issac Shero patented the invention. 

In 1912, Scottish heiress Lady Jennifer Bell Schofield came closest to creating the modern straighteners with a hinged, two plated iron. Hair straighteners known as flat irons which are hot metal plates pressed together to make hair look straight. 

Today, hair straighteners are one of the most used hair tools. 

Blow Dryer            


The first model was invented in 1890 in France by Alexander F. Beau Godefroy in his salon. 

In 1920 the first handheld hair dryer was created, it was big, bulky and overheated often. It only produced about 100 watts of heat making it take a long time to dry hair.

The Bonnet hair dryer was released in 1951. It was a hand held hair dryer connected by a tube to a bonnet that was worn on your head. Air flowed through the tube and came out through holes in the bonnet.

Before the hair dryer was designed men and women improvised using devices including a vacuum cleaner. So, maybe the Bonnet wasn’t so bad? 

Today’s lightweight hair dryers weight about a pound and reach up to 2,000 watts making it a faster drying process. Cause who really has time to dry their hair in this busy world.

Hair Salon 

The first hair salon was opened in Paris by hairdresser Champagne in 1600. 

By the end of 1800s Martha Matilda Harper a self-made entrepreneur opened the first public  hair salon called The Harper Hair Parlor and she started training schools to employ women in the salon. 

Onaré Salon located in Mississauga was established in           by Mario Verrilli. He has trained professional hairstylists/colourists to create the exact look you want and has been nominated Award Winning Hair Salon four years in a row.

In 2009, he  launched his line of cleaner hair care products called Saijojo – keeping the planet and health of consumers in mind – while still meeting the demands of the hairstylist.

Book your next appointment at Top Salon, Onaré Salon and check the facts.

Written by: Krystal Saunders