October 8, 1906

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1906 Karl Ludwig Nessler first demonstrated a machine in London that put permanent waves in hair. The experimental subject wore a dozen brass curlers, each wearing two pounds, for the six-hour process. At the end of the six hour process, the woman’s hair had the waves desired. Women in London with straight hair went nuts for the process and were willing to have 24 pounds of brass pulling on their hair for six hours to get the wavy hair they desired. Mr. Nessler was confronted by angry older women and priest and parishioners as they said young women shouldn’t be unhappy with the hair God gave them. Mr. Nessler retorted that it was just hair, women had been dyeing and straightening and trying to put waves in it ever since Eve. He said it wasn’t like he pierced their tongues or anything.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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