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The Evolution of the Hair Dryer

I was blow drying my hair the other day and thinking back to when I was little and I got the giggles.   I remember when I was about 5, sitting on the floor with a huge bag over my head and a hose attached to it and hot air blowing into the bag.   Why I had that image pop into my head I don’t know, but it got me thinking about the evolution of the hair dryer.   The hair dryer has sure come a long way, thank goodness!!  LOL!

In the 1890’s a French hairstylist named Alexandre F Godefroy invented the first hair dryer.   The dryer consisted of a bonnet that attached to a chimney pipe of a gas stove.  ~  Can you say YIKES!!

In the 1920’s the hand held hair dryer was introduced.   This hair dryer resembled a vacuum cleaner.  Hamilton Beach Company and the Universal Motor Company were the makers of this hair dryer.

In the 1930’s the hair dryer was a gas powered one.  It wasn’t around very long because they realized it was to harsh for the hair.  The standard hood dryer was also invented and is still used in beauty salons.   The original hand held hair dryers were too heavy and were made from chrome plated steel.   I can’t imagine holding that one for very long to dry my thick mop!

In the 1950’s they finally came out with newer models that were a bit quieter with silent running motors that were compact and housed inside the fan.  With this invention it allowed the blow dryer to be less noisy and bulky, giving it a more elegant design and fun bright colors.   Also, the portable case hair dryer was invented and could be worn like a handbag over the shoulder.  Funny.. I think I remember my Grandma having this one.

Today’s hair dryer is way more advanced in technology.   Hair dryers are sleek, sophisticated, made with tourmaline crystal ionic technology or nanofusion.   Tourmaline is a silicate that is believed to create shiny smooth hair and the Nano technology is supposed to kill bacteria and viruses.   I know there are so many styles of hair dryers to choose from that it sometimes can be overwhelming when you go to buy one.

John Frieda sells some great products for the hair, that are in this century and hair friendly.    I got a cute little purple hair dryer that is perfect because it is powerful, but compact.  Nice for travel as it doesn’t take up so much room in my bag.  This cute dryer has great specs ~

  • Powerful High Torque DC Motor
  • Advanced Ionic technology delivers 2X Shine and 3X Frizz Control
  • Titanium Ceramic coated grill
  • Cold Shot
  • Concentrator
  • Diffuser

Also got a cool paddle brush that is perfect for my hair.  I have thick, semi curly hair so this helps to straighten my wave when I don’t want it.

Looking for a new hair dryer?  Do you still have an ancient one?  Check out all John Frieda has to offer.



Disclaimer ~ Living Smart Girl received product to facilitate a review.  All opinions are 100% Living Smart Girl’s.

About Sheila Thomas

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  1. Maryann D. says:

    Wow hair dryers really did come a long way. I am so glad they more advanced in technology and are now lighter and easier to use. John Frieda has terrific products.

  2. Very informative article. Sometimes I feel very difficult to choose the right hair dryer because there are many of them available on the market. Anyway, thank you for sharing great tips.
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