In the 1800s, the beauty industry was very different from today. Women had limited options for hair and beauty care, usually provided by male barbers or at home. But one woman, Martha Matilda Harper, changed everything.
Martha was born in Canada in 1857 and worked as a servant for wealthy families. She wanted a better life for herself and other women, so she dreamed of transforming how women experienced beauty treatments.
Her chance came when she moved to New York and worked for Susan B. Anthony, a women's rights advocate. Surrounded by strong women, Martha's ambition grew, and she had a vision.
In 1888, at 31 years old, Martha founded the first-ever beauty salon, the "Harper Method." It wasn't just for beauty; it was a place of empowerment and change. Unlike other salons, only women worked there. This was groundbreaking, providing not only services but also jobs and independence for female employees.
The "Harper Method" became a sensation, attracting women from all walks of life. It wasn't just about looks; it boosted self-esteem and well-being. It was a sanctuary of female empowerment.
Martha didn't stop there. She trained her employees, called "Harperites," to open more salons across the country. They became some of the first female business owners in history.
Martha Matilda Harper's salon was more than a business; it was a movement. It broke barriers and inspired women to embrace their potential in every aspect of life.
Today, we owe gratitude to Martha for her pioneering spirit, courage, and dedication to empowering women. She's a true trailblazer in the beauty industry.