Was a “rags –to – riches “ success story- she was orphaned at seven, married at fourteen, and then widowed at twenty. Forced to make a living on her own, she started working as washerwoman in a laundry. But her innovations in hairstyling and beauty care formulas propelled her into a career in African Americans beauty and fashion. She invented hair softener and a straightening comb that dekinked hair; then she set up beauty parlors all across the nation. Almost overnight, she became a millionaire – all through her own efforts.