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History of the Blow Dryer

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Cassie Price

on 12 March 2014

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History of the Blow Dryer
Before the invention of the blow dryer, women would connect a hose to the exhaust of the vacuum cleaner for the purpose of drying and styling hair.
March 5th, 1920
The inventors of the Hamiltom beach company developed the first portable, handheld hair dryer. They were made of Steel and Zinc weighing more than two pounds. They didn't dry hair very well because they only produced 100 watts of heat.
March 5th, 1950
There was the soft bonnet style hair dryer that had a long hose attachment.
April 30th, 1890
The first hairdryer was invented by french stylist, Alexander F. Godfrey. It was a large, seated version that consisted of a bonnet that attached to the chimney pipe of a gas stove.
March 5th, 1970
During tdhe 1970's the sales for hair dryers shot up, men began to use them and of course everyone probably wanted hair like 'The Beatles" or a "Monkee". It was in the 70s the guidelines for the hair dryer were made to make sure it was safe to manufacture.
March 5th, 1951
There was production of the rigid-hood dryer which was a hard, plastic helmet that goes over the head.
March 8th, 2013
Today's hair dryers can produce up to 2000 watts of heat and can dry hair faster than before. They are designed to weigh less than a pound and look sleek, and stylish. They are even designed to make hair smoother by using tourmaline and it's also made with nanotechnology, which is said to kill bacteria and viruses.

The first commercial for a hair dryer was on the radio, it was sold at stores like; Macy's
March 17th, 1920
March 5th, 1974
A commercial for the "Oster" hair dryer came out.
The Braun styler hair dryer came out on the market. It was a hand held designed with five accsessories and a concentrator nozzle for faster drying.
March 8th, 1982
The advanced portable hair dyers of the 90s produced 1500 watts of heat. Improving plastics and insulating materials made the hair dryers light weight.
March 8th, 1990
Since 1991, there is a law that all dryers must use a ground fault circuit interrupter so it won't electrocute a person who gets wet.
March 11th, 1991
By 2000, deaths by hair dryers dropped to less than four people a year. Also, a certain type of dryer was made as an effective treatment to head lice, also referred to as the lousebuster.
March 7th, 2000
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