2015 is just around the corner and everyone wants to look their best for the New Year. Before the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, many people will have visited their favorite spa or salon to spruce themselves up for 2015. At one time however, hairdressers would visit women in their homes to style their hair. In 1888, a woman named Martha Matilda Harper helped create the modern beauty and hair salon when she opened her first Harper Method Shop in Rochester, New York.
Martha Matilda Harper was born in Ontario in 1857. At 7, her father sent her to be a domestic servant, and later, Harper worked for a physician from whom she learned about hygiene and hair care. Harper believed that the hair care products used at the time were damaging to the scalp and hair and she developed her own hair care formula. When she opened her salon in New York, Harper used the hair care products she created and even designed the first reclining shampoo chair so her customers wouldn’t get shampoo in their eyes. Harper also promoted good nutrition, hygiene, and exercise to her customers, using pictures of her own floor-length hair to advertise the success of her “Harper Method.”
At the time, it was considered inappropriate for women to get their hair done outside the home. Harper’s salons however, helped change this attitude. By 1891, Harper had developed a network of her salons. All “franchise” owners had to run the salon according to Harper’s practices and Harper created training programs to instruct staff on her methods and the use of her hair and skincare products. By the 1930s, there were over 500 Harper Method salons worldwide.
Locate nearby beauty salons and spas using Real Local Pages (RLP). RLP is an online directory containing listings for thousands of businesses across the United States. Visit the website, http://www.reallocalpages.com, and enter your location. Search for businesses or services by entering key terms such as “salon” into the search box or by choosing from the popular categories list on the main page. Every business listing on the results page displays the phone number and address for your convenience. Real Local Pages is useful for finding a variety of services and businesses, from lawn care services to local grocery stores.