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Black History Month Celebration: Annie Malone

Born August 9, 1869 in Metropolis, IL, Ms. Malone is recorded as being the first black female millionaire. Her success began when she created a chemical that could straighten hair without damage. She developed her brand of hair products titled “Poro” and with assistance, began selling her products door to door.In 1917 she founded and opened Poro College, the first…

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Black History Month Celebration: Beverly Johnson

Born October 13, 1952 in Buffalo, NY, she became the first black women to grace the cover of Vogue Magazine (American)  in 1974. The following year, she was the first black woman to be featured on the cover of Elle Magazine (French) and has appeared on more than 500 magazine covers since. Her talents do not stop at modeling. Ms.…

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Black History Month Celebration: Marjorie Joyner

Hello everyone! I have another black history fact to share with you all today. Today’s feature is Marjorie Joyner. Background Born October 24, 1896 in Monterey VA. Ms. Joyner is the patent holder for the permanent wave machine. In 1912 at just the young age of 16, she moved to Chicago to pursue her interest in cosmetology. By 1916, she…

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Black History Month Celebration | Theora Stephans

Hello everyone! In continuous of black history month, today’s feature is Theora Stephans. Ms. Stephans, a hairdresser patented the curling iron in the early 1980s. The curling iron as seen below was an all too familiar tool in the black hair salon back in the day. One I’m sure most of you remember. If you have not already, please subscribe…

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Black History Month Celebration | Lyda Newman

This woman is the pioneer of the Denman and paddle hair hair brushes we all know of today. Lyda Newman was born in Ohio in 1885. The hairdresser patented her model of the hairbrush in 1898. Much like the modern day Denman, Lyda’s brush came with equally spaced bristles and even had a compartment which opened to release hair and…

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Black History Month Celebration | Zelda Wynn Valdes

Today is day 2 of BHM and today’s feature is Zelda Wynn Valdes.. image credit: Born June 28, 1905 in Chambersburg PA, Zelda is famous for creating the playboy bunny costume as well as Jackie Kennedy’s wedding dress. She started her career in the fashion industry by working in her uncle’s White Plains, NY tailor shop. In 1948, she…

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Black History Month Celebration | Christina Jenkins – Inventor of the Hair Weaving Technique

Hey everyone. In celebration of Black History Month, I will be posting little tidbits and graphics to share throughout the month. First up is Christina Jenkins. Check out the graphic below: This technique was invented by Mrs. Jenkins and patented in 1951. Christina and her husband Duke founded the company Christina’s Hair Weeve in the early 1950s as well.  We…

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