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Monday, 18 May 2015

Hair dryer

The very first hair dryers were vacuum cleaners adapted for drying hair. The first model was created by Alexander F. "Beau" Godefroy in his salon in France in 1890.

In the early 1900's, it was quite common to walk down a street and see a long length of hair hanging out the window. As there were no hair dryers in those days, salons resorted to simply opening the window and offering their client's a chair.

It was not until around 1915 that the hair dryer began to go on the market in handheld form. This was due to innovations by National Stamping and Electricworks under the white cross brand .However, these new dryers were  extremely large and heavy, weighing in at approximately two pounds (0.91 kg), and difficult to use. They also had many instances of overheating and electrocution.

The bonnet dryer, the first really workable dryer, was introduced to consumers in 1951. It worked by having the dryer, usually in a small portable box, connected to a tube that went into a bonnet with holes in it that could be placed on top of a woman's head. This worked by giving an even amount of heat to the whole head at once.

Due to a continuing energy crisis, the President of Venezuela urged women in 2016 to stop using hair dryers.

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