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Curling Iron

Research Project
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chardia campbell

on 23 October 2012

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By: Chardia Campbell Thesis Description History Persent Curling Irons Over the years curling irons have had some negative impacts on society’s hair or scalp. Early irons were somewhat dangerous. Fluctuating temperatures made it difficult to manipulate hair the same way each time (David). When curling irons were heated over an open flame, temperature control was a major problem because it would lead to many head injuries and burning accidents. Curling iron affected society by allowing people, in the present and in the past, to style their hair in many different ways. It is the best thing that has happened to past societies and to present day women mostly. A curling iron is a tool, a cylindrical metal appliance used to change the structure of the hair by applying heat to a lock of hair that has been curled around it The history of the curling iron begins when they were used to shape and curly hair, beards, bangs, and wigs. Curling irons can be traced back all the way to Ancient Babylonians, Ancient Egyptians and nobles in Classical Greece (Inglish). Early curling irons were simple iron tongs heated over an open flame (Inglish). They first appeared over 6,000 years ago by the Africans, especially Egyptians, the Greeks and possibly the East likely India, Pakistan and other ancient locales. In the present, now that we have electricity and modern technology, curling irons manufacturers offer a wide array of choices in size, color, style, and technology. Common sizes are ¾ inches, 1 inches, and 1 ½ inches to create sized curls (David). Curling Irons are typically made of Teflon, ceramic, tourmaline, metal, or titanium. The barrel shape can either be a cylinder, cone or reverse cone with brush or double and triple barrels ("Hair Iron"). Curling irons have remained a favored tool in spite of all the chemical inventions that can keep your hair nice and curly. Con's About Curling Irons Curling Iron For example in Ancient Egypt apart of their daily life schedule included curling their hair. When you visit Oriental Institute Virtual Museum, they show you two examples (1) OIM 18176 and (2) OIM 9912 ("The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago."). Babylonians and Assyrians dyed their hair and their squared beards black and crimpled and curled them with curling irons. Persian Nobles also curled their hair and beards ("History of the Curling Iron"). In The Pharaohs Age, the pharaohs’ had their hair taken care of by their servants. Their servants would wash, dyed and curled their hair two times a day (Inglish). When we look at the artwork of the Pharaohs’ Age, we see some long curled and waved hairstyles (Inglish). Years have passed and we still use the curling iron but in a more modern style. Electrically controlled and electrically heated irons and tongs are now available and are easier than in ancient years when they heated it over and open flame ("History of the Curling Iron"). A crimping iron is a heated styling tool used for creating small tight waves in the hair. It works the same way a curling iron works using heat to manipulate the look of the hair and is used on dry hair to create a finished style (Miller). One of the most remembered people in our late history of hair curling is Madame C J Walker (1867-1919) a St. Louis washerwoman turned entrepreneur. In 1905 she invented a method to soften a smooth black women’s hair using hot combs, curlers, and pomades instead of a flat iron ("InventorNet"). Over one hundred years later this is still the preferred method because it has become so modernized. Madam C.J. Walker, born Sarah Breedlove, was an American businesswoman, entrepreneur and philanthropist, commonly regarded as the first African-American millionaire. Born: December 23, 1867. Died: May 25, 1919. Now electrical curling irons should never be dropped in water, used while standing in water or come in contact with the tub or sink, because it will lead to electrocution (David). Curling irons sometimes does not allow all of the hair to curl and can come out very sloppy looking. The major problem that is left today that bugs people the most is the waiting time for the curling iron to heat up so they can curl their hair ("Pros and Cons of a Curling Iron."). Very negative indeed, people can be very impatient. A curling iron is a tool used to change the structure of the hair by applying heat to a portion of the hair curled around it (Cresswell). Did you know that Marjorie Joyner, an African American female inventor, began working for Walker’s Company in the mid 1920s and later invented the first permanent hair curling machine ("InventorNet")? Curling irons give people nice shiny and curly hair that looks beautiful (Carol). People really like using curling irons, mostly women. It has negative aspects but people still love it. I think people will always use a curling iron to curl their hair. Conclusion
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