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How The Hair Clipper Was Invented

Time:2021-02-03|Author:Admin

When the epidemic raged some time ago and the city was closed down, "have not cut my hair for a long time" is also a common stalk in the circle of friends. As a result, many flat-headed brothers have long hair fluttering, looking forward to the resumption of the barber shop every day.


Foreigners also face this problem. However, the habits of Europeans and Americans are different from ours. They go to the barber shop to have a haircut mainly for styling. As for simple haircuts, they are often solved at home. Therefore, a household hair clipper is the standard equipment of the family.


While Chinese families are equipped with Hair Clippers, which were originally used to cut hair for children. In the future, hair clippers used by adults may become the choice of more and more people.


Hair Clippers
Hair Clippers

The history of hair clippers


The hair clipper we call is the Electric Clipper, which has only been invented a century ago. In 1919, the American Wall Company invented the world's first practical electric clipper.


The inventor Leo J. Wall experienced a legend. As early as in middle school, he trial-produced an electromagnetic vibration motor, which opened up the road to the invention of Wall clippers. While studying engineering at the University of Illinois, he designed a vibration medical massager for his uncle Frank Wall.


In college, he already had the consciousness to improve the existing barber tools and set about designing new electric clippers.


On October 14, 1919, Leo applied for a patent for the newly developed electric clippers and put it into production at Wall Company. This is the first practical electric clipper with a drive motor in the body, which overcomes the inconvenience of connecting the clipper body and an independent motor with a flexible shaft in the past. In the late 1920s, Wall Company produced thousands of electric hair clippers, and barbershops using it spread across the United States.


This kind of Electric Clippers soon spread to China and changed the lives of urban people.


In ancient China, there was no universal concept of haircut. After all, parents were taught by body hair and skin, how can they shave casually. Of course, the necessary trimming is still needed. Special shavers appeared in the Han Dynasty, and workshops and trade associations that produced haircut tools appeared in the Song Dynasty, but the main job was actually to shave and shave men. As for women’s hair, there are popular hair styles in all dynasties, but they are mainly toss at home.


It is precisely because of the symbolic meaning of hair that the Manchu's "retaining one's head but not leaving one's hair, leaving one's hair without leaving one's head" aroused the strong resistance of the Han people and led to tragedies such as the "Jiading Three Tus".


Because people in the Qing Dynasty had the need to shave their hair, the barber industry also flourished, and "barber picks" were everywhere.


However, the emergence of the modern barber industry will still be after the Revolution of 1911. Men began to wear short hair, and avant-garde women also joined the wave of hair cutting, and began to cater to the Western hair style aesthetic. The invention of electric clippers quickly won people's favor.


The situation in the West is actually the same. Women can't walk into the barber shop for a long time, and it was not until the end of the 19th century that they began to enjoy hairdressing services in the barber shop. Prior to this, western barbers mainly worked for men to shave and shave. Because of this, the barbershop is also a social place for men, and some political figures even choose to speak in the barbershop. After the Gillette razor was invented, men no longer needed to go to the barber shop to shave, and the function of the barber shop was completely subverted.


The current household hair clippers are mainly baby hair clippers, but the male market has more potential. The epidemic will obviously give this market an opportunity. However, even if there is no epidemic, many men need Household Hair Clippers, such as those who don't like to go to the hair salon and be tossed for a long time.