The Invention of the Hot Comb and other Interesting Black Hair Stories…

Nappy Corner by Althea Lipple of Hair To Go Natural

Anne Pope Turnbo

Anne Pope-Turnbo Malone created a line of hair care “treatments.”  In 1900, she patented the “hot comb” In the United States to straighten the hair texture And curl pattern of African American

•Madam Walker has been listed in past editions of the Guinness Book of World Records as the first self-made American woman millionaire who neither inherited nor married into her money.  Although it is impossible to document exact figures of Walker’s net worth, at the time of the death her estate had an estimated value of $600,000 to $700,000 (equivalent to approximately $6 million to $7 million in today’s dollars).

During the final year of her life, her company- the Madam C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company- reported total sales of more than $500,000, making the value of her company several times that amount. The combined value of her business and personal assets (real estate, furnishings, jewelry, etc.) was well over $1,000,000.

Hair To Go Natural Owner and Nappy Roots Columnist Althea Little

Sara Spencer owned Apex Publishing Company, which published Apex News for beauticians and sales agents, as well as Apex Laboratories, Apex Drug Company and the Apex Beauty College. Spencer also owned 12 beauty schools in the United States and franchised schools overseas in the Caribbean and South Africa.  Three thousand students graduated from her schools every year and went on to become licensed beauticians.