Rene Lelievre and Roger Lemoine created the first electric curling iron in 1959. Because it didn’t burn hands or heads or singed hair, this electric version of the curling iron was an advance over earlier models. Additionally, it implied that the temperature might be managed to facilitate simpler hair styling.
Babylonians, Assyrians, Egyptians, and Persians have all used hair curling irons throughout history, but Marcel Grateau devised the heated version we use today in 1872, giving rise to the Marcel Wave, a semi-permanent wave that quickly gained popularity among women. With an electric curling iron, Roger Lemoine and Rene Lelievre developed this concept further to create a more user-friendly tool that was friendlier to hair.