Oct 4, 2011

A Short History of Straighteners

The modern-day hair straightener is a tool used by millions of women in their own households today. This now common-place tool has come from a line of inventions dating from the 1870's. The flat iron went through many phases to get to the place where it is today. 

Beauty methods have come
such a long way!
The first heated tool used to shape women's hair was created by Erica Feldman in 1872. This tool was used by applying heated rods to the hair. It was a huge breakthrough for women as they realized they had options for their hair other than what they were born with. Although this device was not used specifically to straighten hair, it paved the way for the straightening tool we refer to today as the flat iron.

In 1909 Isaac K. Shero patented a straightener that used two flat irons that were heated and pressed together to achieve straight hair. Using the two flat plate method Scottish heiress Lady Jennifer Bell Schofield created what we use as the model of today's hair straighteners [in 1912]. Schofield refined the flat plate method so that the plates opened and closed with a hinge.

Titanium plates make the
Since Schofield's straightener, there have been many design modifications to flat irons. Many flat irons today use ceramic plates. Ceramic plates allowed for higher temperatures and more even heating. Improving upon ceramic flat irons came the use of titanium. Titanium coated plates, as seen in U-Smooth irons, allow for smoother passes through the hair eliminating frizz and causing less damage. Temperature control also allows for the modern woman to set her straightener to the temperature that suits her hair best.

From heated rods to setting your titanium plated U-Smooth at your desired temperature, the hair straightener has been a tool to achieve beautiful hair for decades.

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