Weird Long Hair Today And Looking Back

Martha Matilda Harper (September 10, 1857, Oakville, Ontario – August 3, 1950, Rochester, New York) was a Canadian-American businesswoman, entrepreneur, and inventor who built an international network of franchised hair salons that emphasized healthy haircare.

Prior to the 20th century, beauty was something that most women took care of on their own. Wealthy women had servants to take care of their hair, but the majority of women tended to their own hair. In the late 1800s, women began to enter the workforce in record numbers, largely because of the Industrial Revolution. Many women worked in factories alongside their male counterparts but were paid significantly less than men — there were no laws that dictated equal pay at that time.

Toward the end of the 19th century, beauty emerged as one of the few skilled occupations that provided women with the opportunity to become entrepreneurs. Martha Matilda Harper was a prominent early example of the entrepreneurial female beautician. Harper came from humble beginnings, working as a servant from the age of 7. One of her employers, a physician, taught her about hair health. His teachings made Harper suspicious of the chemicals used in commercial shampoo and hair products, and it led her to develop her own hair tonic. She eventually saved enough of her earnings as a servant to open a salon, the Harper Method Shop, in 1888. She invented the first reclining shampoo chair and was the first to develop the idea of clients visiting a hair salon. Prior to the Harper Method Shop, beauticians made house calls.


Harper, who used photos of her own floor-length hair as her primary advertising method, was one of the forerunners of the modern franchise system. She opened a network of hair salons, each of which was owned and operated by a franchisee who was trained in the Harper Method. In their heyday, there were more than 500 Harper salons in operation, in addition to multiple Harper Method training schools. Harper pioneered the concept of the salon as we know it now.


This Real-Life Rapunzel Has 90-Inch-Long Locks

“I always talk to the braid respectfully.”

By David Moye
This Real-Life Rapunzel Has 90-Inch-Long Locks
“I always talk to the braid respectfully.”

By David Moye

Combing her hair is the main event of Alia Nasroya’s day.

Or should we say “mane” event?

The 27-year-old resident of Riga, Latvia, has 90-inch-long locks. As such, she spends a hair-raising amount of time doing her ‘do: One full hour of combing and a whole day to air dry on the days she washes her tresses, according to Barcroft TV.

Oh, and she carries 22 pounds of shampoo, conditioners, and combs when she travels.

Nasroya has spent the last 20 years trying to get her hair to be as long as her favorite fairy tale character, Rapunzel.

Nasroya’s husband, Ivan Balaban, is proud of her long locks, but does what he can to stay out of her hair ― literally.

“I am always cuddling up the wall to give more space for hair, so there is no way I can damage it accidentally, mix them up or harm it any other way,” he told Barcroft. TV.

“I always talk to the braid respectfully. Sometimes I ask it to move a bit.”

Although Nasroya is able to make a living modeling, she admits she’s had some pretty hairy experiences. 

“Once in my childhood when I was in theatre someone left gum in my hair, it was a tragedy,” she told Barcroft. “I had to cut out a clump of hair to get rid of this gum, because it was very difficult.”

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