My name is Lyda Newman and I was born in Ohio. I’m an African-American woman, inventor, women’s rights activist and a hairdresser.
One day, I thought to myself, why don’t you invent a hairbrush? The current ones were made of boar’s hair. I wanted the process of brushing hair to be more hygienic and efficient.
So, in 1898, I applied for a United States patent for a new style of hairbrush and received it in November of that year. My brush is the first with synthetic bristles.
This was written for the Weekend Writing Prompt by Sammi Cox. For instructions, click Here.