Hair Dryer

Personal Selection

The common tool I selected for this project is the common hair dryer. I chose it because the traditional hair dryer is a tool I’ve been using and having issues with for as long as I’ve had long hair.

History

Speculated to have come about in the late 19th century, the original hair dryer is believed to come out of France. Alexander F. “Beau” Godefroy had the first industrial sized hair dryer in his salon, the first hand held one coming around 30 years later in 1920. The hand held dryers were around 2 and 5 pounds and difficult to use in an every day scenario. Between 1920 and 1970, hair dryers were made to be lighter and easier to use, but became less safe. In the 70s the Consumer Product Safety Commission established guidelines that commercial dryers had to follow, therefore producing a variation of the hair dryer that’s most similar to the one we use today.

Function/Purpose

The functions of the hair dryer are both hygienic and cosmetic. It’s mainly used by people with longer hair to speed up the process of hair drying. It can also be used to style hair.

User

Although anyone could benefit from using a hair dryer, the target audience is definitely women. Specifically, first world women who are higher maintenance and have the ability to style their hair on an every day basis.

Materials + Production

Modern hair dryers include technology like tourmaline and ionic dryers with numerous heat and speed settings. They use use a metal heating element that is made of nichrome, an alloy of nickel and chromium, to heat the air that goes through the dryer. The body of the dryer is usually made of some form of plastic.

Affordance

The hair dryers produced now are pretty easy to use. They have on and off buttons, symbols fro different heat and air settings, and clear instructions attached to the cord.

Sources

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2175575/Enormous-retro-hairdryer-sheds-light-bizarre-beauty-habits-Roaring-Twenties.html

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