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June 1944


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Arch Derm Syphilol. 1944;49(6):432. doi:10.1001/archderm.1944.01510120046011

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A new method of artificially curling the hair with chemicals has recently been introduced in beauty salons throughout the country. The procedure is known as "cold permanent waving." The technic is advantageous because it seldom fails to produce waves even in women who have been unable to obtain a curl with other methods. Danger of a burn is completely removed, and the curl lasts longer, since a twist can be introduced ¾ to 1 inch (1.9 to 2.5 cm.) nearer the scalp.

Dr. Bedford Shelmire and I have recently observed in our private practice an instance of contact dermatitis from "cold permanent waving."

A middle-aged white woman received her first "cold permanent wave" during the morning of Dec. 23, 1943. That afternoon she experienced burning and stinging sensations over the sides of her neck and face and over her ears, and the next morning she noted redness

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