While getting all those relaxers, not once did I ever think “where does the relaxer come from and who’s behind it”…..until now. So, who thought of the quick way to permanently straighten our hair? His name is Garrett Augustus Morgan, Sr. Born in Paris, Kentucky in 1877, Morgan was a gifted inventor. He invented the 3 position traffic signal and a fire safety gas mask. He stumbled upon the key ingredient in a relaxer when he was working as a clothing manufacturer. He developed a lubricant that made the needles smooth enough to go through fabric without tearing it. Morgan went on to patent his hair refining cream and created G.A Morgan Hair Refining Company. A very talented man indeed!
Needless to say, after finding out the history, the first thing that entered my mind was “they smoothed out needles with this stuff?” Harsh beginnings to straight end for me! I love being newly natural again. It gives me a great since of pride and celebration in who I am. I can twist it, pick it, and even straighten it if I want, but at the end of the day I can go right back to my fro.
Morgan was a great inventor, but God invented the fro, curls, etc, and he is the greatest inventor of all….think I’ll stick with that.