PHOTO GALLERY: The Business of Black Haircare

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Even before the beginning of the 20th Century, African Americans were at the forefront of the haircare business. In 1898, Lyda Newman, an African American New York resident, patented a new and improved hair brush. In fact, some historians claimed Newman invented the first brush with synthetic bristles. (Image: The Newman hair brush)

Even before the beginning of the 20th Century, African Americans were at the forefront of…