The hair salon we all know and love today actually was due to the entrepreneurial spirit of a Canadian woman named Martha Matilda Harper born in Ontario Canada in 1857. She had spent most of her youth in servitude and after working for a German Holistic Doctor she became an advocate of natural hair care. During a time when most people either didn't wash their hair or used harsh soaps and had their hair done at home by servants, Harper would go on to create a franchise of "Hair Salons" and her services offered were known as the Harper Method. Her followers... "Harperites"!
If you want more info on this amazing, yet unknown, female entrepreneur click here!!
Sadly, the last of the "Harper" Salons closed it's doors in 2005 in Rochester, NY:(