Lyda Newman quite literally changed the game for the black hair community, inventing something we all use, a staple in our wash day routines; a brush! A synthetic bristle brush to be specific. She was born in 1885 in Ohio and lived most of her life adult life in New York City where she worked as a hairdresser. She was also known as an activist for women's rights.
When Newman made the brush, she did it with the idea in mind that the bristles should be more hygienic and efficient. The brushes at the time were made out of animal hair, making it too soft to really get through our thick natural hair, so she made the solution of using synthetic bristles which were heavier and a little rougher.
That little invention changed the hair care industry, making brushes cheaper and easier to make. Although not much is known about her personal life, she revolutionized black hair care products and made it known that we need things to fit for our hair type too.
So, when you see this brush in your local beauty supply store, know that the original inventor was a Lyda Newman.