Historic Innovators: 9 Great African-American Women Inventors

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Another trendsetter in the hair care field was Lyda Newman, inventor of an enhanced hair brush, the first made with synthetic bristles. Newman was granted a patent for her enhanced hair brush in 1898. These words were included with the patent, “The object of the invention is to provide a new and improved hair brush which is simple and durable in construction, very effective when in use, and arranged to permit of conveniently cleaning the brush whenever desired.”

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