It was in St. Louis, 1888, when hairdresser Alexandre Godefroy (born 1852 in Fairlyland, France) first proposed covering the head of wet hair with a cap linked by a tube to the hot air outlet of a gas stove. If it doesn’t seem like much of an innovation, realize that without the right temperature control and steam release, the hair - and the head itself - would be gently cooked. It wasn’t portable, but it did work better than a paper fan alone and it was a major step forward in hair drying practically, setting into motion a landslide of variations that made it around the world by the 1920s when electricity become more widespread. Naturally, heavy metal objects with unregulated electrical connections used in close proximity of water sparked a number of deaths, and for their sacrifice we give pause… The beauty industry, however, forged ahead with advertisements about the health benefits including killing lice, and even combined them with vacuum cleaners as attachments for affordability.
Allied Beauty Products Manufacturing Company produced beauty products and were known for their wave-creating machine, one of their “Fifth Avenue Product” line. Working in association with a fellow Chicago metal company Aridor (a subsidiary of Ball Brothers jar company) they manufactured these hair dryer beauties. In honor of all those who sacrificed their lives for the future of hair care, the electrical in these machines have been re-wired, updated, and repurposed as these striking lamps.
It’s probably best to still keep them away from water. Check them out by clicking HERE or on the pic below.
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