The inventor of the curling iron remains unknown, but the first known patent for the improvement of the design was given to Sir Hiram Maxim on August 21, 1866 (Mottelay). While the curling iron was first patented in the 19th Century, the practice of hairstyling has been dated back to 2,000 BC (Stevenson 138).
While Hiram Maxim is known to have obtained the first patent for a curling iron in 1866, it is Marcel Grateau who is credited for actually inventing the curling iron in 1890.
Vintage curling irons are highly collectible items. Some are true marvels both in construction and in the idea that women used them to style their hair without .
The History of the Curling Iron. Do You Know Your Curling Tong History? Author picture of POPSUGAR Beauty AU 4 January, 2010 by POPSUGAR Beauty AU.