Martha Matilda Harper

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Birthday
10, 1857
Birthplace
Canada
Death Date
Aug 3, 1950 (92)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
10, 1857
Birthplace
Canada
Death Date
Aug 3, 1950 (92)

About

Notable for founding the Harper Hair Parlour and expanding the business to include a chain of five hundred salons, this successful entrepreneur paved the way for the modern beauty industry and pioneered the use of natural hair care products.

Before Fame

When she was just seven years old, she began an over two-decade-long career as a house maid. In her early thirties, she left the domestic service industry to market and mass-produce a hair care product that she had invented.

Trivia

Her salons were the first to include reclining hair-washing stations.

Family Life

A native of Ontario, Canada, she later lived and worked in Rochester, New York. Her husband, Robert McBain, was twenty-five years her junior.

Associated With

Harper's hair salon chain boasted a diverse clientele that included such notable American women and men as Susan B. Anthony, Jackie Kennedy, and President Woodrow Wilson.

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