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In the late 1800s, the hot comb-a method of straightening natural wavy and unusual textured hair-was reportedly created by French hairdresser Francois Marcel Grateau. However, since the hot comb’s history is hard to trace and has gone by different names, it is a common misconception that it was invented by Madam C.J. Walker, a political and social activist during that time. Still, this was not the first, nor the last, tool to be invented and used as a method to alter textured hair. In the early 20th century, there was a boom in products available to alter Black hair texture. Black women like