In 1920, the first true hair dryer became available on the market, but it was large & very heavy, frequently overheated, and the handles were often made of wood.
In the mid 1920s, hair dryers took on a new look and were made available to the general public. What did they look like? They looked like a vacuum cleaner. It used a suction method, whereas the air was drawn away from the head and I suppose they thought that this would draw away the moisture as well.
By the mid 1930s, gas heated dryers found their way into the beauty salons but it dried the hair too harshly and produced unplesant fumes. The patrons and technicians alike complained about ill-effects of the carbon monoxide that the dryers were emitting and being inhaled. A safer electric hair-dryer, although more expensive and heavier to handle, finally made its way to the beauty salons.
By 1951, the first really workable dryer became available to the general public. This new hairdryer consisted of a hand-held dryer connected to a pink plastic bonnet which fitted over the head of a woman.
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