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Transcript of Walter Sammons
What Did He Do?
Walter received a patent on December 21, 1920
for an improved comb that straightened hair. According to the patent, he invented a heated comb that removed kinks from hair.
Walter was born in 1980 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He worked with other African American scientists such as Madame C.J. Walker, and Annie Malone, the woman who first patented the hot comb.
Original Design of
the Hot Comb
Effect on Society
Hot comb today
The hot comb was originally designed for the African American community. Women use it to remove the kinks from their hair to achieve a sleeker look. Although there are risks to using it too much, just as any other straightening tool, it is a better alternative than chemically straightening your hair. Walter designed the comb to be used from root to tip.
After slavery, the hot comb became controversial. Some African Americans believed the tool was damaging to the African-American community because it made them submissive to 'white standards' of beauty and that they were throwing away their natural beauty.
Then to Now
When the hot comb was first invented, it was made to be heated on a stove, and then used on the hair. Hot combs now are seldom found, but they are electric, and they plug into outlets. For straightening now, women use flat irons, which do a better job overall with not only getting the hair sleeker, but with heat control. Flat irons now can range from $30-$200.