Christina Jenkins was an African American woman who received the first patent for the hair weaving process in 1951.
Mrs Jenkins was born in Louisiana and was originally named, Christina Thomas. She graduated with a bachelor of science from Leland college in 1943, the same year she married Herman Duke Jenkins. Herman Dukes Jenkins aka Duke, was a jazz musician at the time where they lived in Cleveland, Oh. Mr and Mrs Jenkins had one daughter.
Christina and Duke created ‘Christina’s Hair-Weev’ in the early 1950’s branding her as the ‘diva’ of the weaving industry. She was so popular, she received payment to fly to other countries for her technique of installing ‘weev’. Other, “forms of false hair” were worn, such as wigs and bobby pinned hair pieces but the unique process of weaving Christina created deserved recognition, hence patenting in 1951. Her technique was pictured in the patent images. The full patent with images site is listed in the resources below.
Mrs Jenkin’s educated stylist on the installation process at her salon, ‘Christina’s HairWeev’ Penthouse Salon until 1993. In December of 2003, Christina Jenkins died at 82 years. Christina’s revolutionary technique is still used in current trends. She was truly a great inspiration for the Cosmetology profession.
By Rayshone Oliver
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