The hair industry is constantly fluctuating in styles, techniques, and styling tools. As demands for certain styles grow, innovative stylists invent or improve upon styling tools and techniques. As a professional stylist, you’re expected to stay up-to-date on all the latest hair trends and their respected styling tools! Lets take a look at how styling tools have evolved over the years and how you can continue to stay on top of this ever-changing industry.
Pictured above on the left is a Wireless Permanent-Waving Machine designed by Icall in 1934 which was used before the modern perm, which can be viewed on the right. The heaters in the machine began to cool as soon as the machine was unplugged and it worked as a type of hot roller.
Is that a gravy bowl?
Nope! That “gravy bowl” is actually a turn-of-the-century curling iron heater. Before the availability of the electric curling iron (see right) women would use these natural gas powered stands to heat their curling irons or hair tongs. Imagine using one of these in the morning!
That sort of resembles a hair dryer!
You’re right! Pictured above on the left is a 1920s hair dryer. The hair dryer was actually invented in 1890 by Alexander Godefoy, but it didn’t go public until 1920 when it was more efficient. Before 1920, women were basically using vacuums to dry their hair. These early versions of the hair dryer were known to overheat easily compared to the modern hair dryer, but were still a huge hit!
Wait…is that a calendar?
Yes it is. Just as Alexander Godefoy saw that women needed a fast, easy way to dry their hair, Rosy saw that salon stylists needed an easier way to schedule appointments and manage their business. The appointment notebook is now one of the “vintage” hair styling tools as more and more hair salons switch to Rosy Salon Software.
What have we learned?
The hair industry is one that is always changing, growing and innovating.To stay relevant and competitive, hair stylists must know the newest trends, tools, tips and tricks. One of these new tools is not a hair dryer or curling iron, but appointment setting software. Come try our 30 day free trial to see how your salon can evolve with the hair industry!