The Hot Air Behind the History of the Hair Dryer

When the hairdryer first blew into town it was a huge, cumbersome, technological feat. Like hairstyles over the decades, things have changed.
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Imagine using your vacuum cleaner to dry your hair. Possible? Of course. Practical? Not really. Silly looking? Absolutely. In the early 1900s, it wasn’t unheard of for people to go to that extreme in order to get their locks of hair dried as quickly as possible.

Remember, these were the days long, long, before portable vacuums existed. But why the desperation to get a person’s hair dried with something mechanical instead of a towel? Since its professional debut in the late 1800s, the hair dryer (or blow dryer, for some people) has had the ability to look slightly…odd. It’s an invention that has always shamelessly attempted to look like more than it actually is: a tool that allows its users avoid having to reach for a towel after washing their locks.