Historic Innovators: 9 Great African-American Women Inventors

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Madam C. J. Walker, the first self-made woman millionaire in the United States, was one of six children. Adult hair loss propelled her to seek a way to restore her hair’s health. She developed a product that treated the scalp and promoted hair growth. The hair products became increasingly popular, being sold under the Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company. Some of her products, like Vitamin E Super Grow, Temple Salve, Glossine Pressing Oil and hair and scalp prep, continue to be sold through the official Madam C. J. Walker Company website.

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