Woman straightening hair

Hair straightening has been a hair trend throughout history, even dating back to ancient Egypt. Of course, trends and techniques have varied throughout the growth of technology and experience throughout history in relation to hair straightening. Today, we’re able to straighten our hair incredibly simply with the use of flat irons that have really come a long way. It’s always fun to look back at where we’ve come from in the beauty world so we thought we would share a brief history of modern hair straightening to give you a little perspective on just how easy we have it today.

While hair straightening isn’t a new hair technique, the evolution is pretty fascinating–even as we just take a look at the history of modern techniques. We’re not going to go into the ancient Egyptians techniques, but even as recent as the 1950’s hair straightening was an incredibly popular hair style that was achieved quite different than we do today. In fact, the most commonly used technique for hair straightening in the 50’s and 60’s was the use of a clothing iron. Yes, that iron you use to get the wrinkles out of your clothes was what ladies everywhere were using to straighten their hair.

The straight hair trend died down for a bit, but resurfaced in the 80’s. Fortunately, in the 80’s beauty companies took the trend as an opportunity to create a product that was safer than the clothing irons and designed a product that’s similar to the modern flat iron. It was created with two hot plates of metal that were placed inside handles made of plastic. They were the first real product specifically designed for hair straightening that was available to the average consumer. This method of hair straightening is really what began to set the standard in the industry.

Flat iron

Naturally, as we made our way into the 90’s and 00’s hair straighteners (now referred to as flat irons) become more and more advanced in technology and quality. For the past 10 years or so, flat irons have become available in a huge price range variation offering a lot of different temperature and technique settings for users. Much like technology and beauty products as a whole, flat irons have really grown to become their own sector in the beauty industry. We’re now able to find a flat iron at various different price points, made of different materials that can better suit our hair type, and incredible versatility.

It’s pretty amazing to see how far hair straightening techniques and products have come just since the 1950’s-isn’t it? Since we’re now in a society that’s constantly improving and coming out with new products, techniques and trends it’s easy to forget that we’ve really advanced in this arena in a short period of time. Based on history, we’re going to assume that hair straightening is only going to continue to evolve with time.

What do you think about the history of modern hair straightening? Any surprises?