Black History: Special Delivery!!
Christina Jenkins is credited with inventing the sew in hair weave technique. The process of adding in hair extensions was centuries old. Jenkins improved on these techniques by creating process of sewing in hair extensions rather than pinning them to the scalp. While employed by a wig maker in 1949, Jenkins became aware that customers often complained that their wigs would fall off their heads frequently. She began to explores ways to rectify this concern. Jenkins sew in technique was considered revolutionary when it was first introduced. She obtained a patent in 1951 for the process. Her technique was extremely popular with clients and cosmetologists. Jenkins traveled the world sharing her technique. The technique she used was a very lengthy process.
Jenkins opened the “Hairweev Academy” to train licensed cosmetologists. People came from all over the country to be trained in the technique. She offered the cosmetologists that she trained franchising opportunities to use the technique. However, many students did not fulfil the financial obligations of the franchise agreement. As a result, Jenkins quickly lost control of her invention and personal finances began to suffer. She attempted to take legal action against these individuals. However, Jenkins lacked the finances she needed to do so and was unable to continue running the business.
The sale of hair extensions is currently a billion dollar industry. There are many different hairweaving techniques today. Her invention was a game changer for the hair industry. Christina Jenkins died in 2003.