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Black Mississippi Man Reinvents the Hooded Dryer After Witnessing Wife’s Struggle

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Mississippi Business Journal

Mississippi Business Journal

I think it’s safe to say that sitting under a hooded dryer is not a pleasant experience. Your neck is uncomfortable, you can’t move your head freely and we’ve all done the ‘ear bend’ to keep from getting burned. On top of all that it seems to take forever! After witnessing his wife spend two and a half hours under a hooded dryer Jackson Mississippi resident Martin McCurtis bought one to tinker with, in hopes of coming up with a faster, more comfortable solution. What he came up with — 10 years later — is a patented creation that dries 50% faster than traditional dryers, is more comfortable and has won multiple innovation awards.

McCurtis’ ‘Momentum Hair Dryer’ works by pushing evaporation up and through the top of the hood as the hair dries, as opposed to traditional dryers that push hot air downward.

That’s an inefficient approach, partly because concentrating the hot air on the top center of the head downward overheats the scalp and creates moisture that hampers the drying, he says.

The scalp feels the heat. The body only does one thing when it is exposed to that – it sweats.”

Even after the hair has dried, the scalp will have a salty residue that can damage hair, according to McCurtis.

His innovation is to send the warm air upward at a 25-degree angle from several side rows of vent holes. The first contact the hot air has is with hair on both sides. “By indirect contact, the top of the scalp gets dry, and the hair dries evenly,” McCurtis says.

An exhaust fan at the top of the top of the dryer’s hood draws the moisture upward and away from the scalp, he adds.

The Momentum Dryer, he notes, mimics evaporation because the hot air is going up at an angle. “Once the hot hair makes contact with hair it turns the hair’s moisture into a vapor,” he explains.

Vapor wants to rise” and the exhaust fan obliges by drawing the vapors upward and out.

Genius!

McCurtis, who went to Jackson State for engineering, has won the Innovate Mississippi Ventures Challenge in the hardware category and the Delta Regional Authority’s Delta Challenge. His dryer has received a Utility Patent from the U.S. Patent Office and its claim of drying hair 50% faster has been tested verified.

In addition to seeking investors, McCurtis has an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to bring the product to market on his own. You can see the dryer in action below;

Ladies, what do you think?

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Saran
Saran
5 years ago

This kind of story makes me proud!

rbritt
rbritt
5 years ago

I can’t wait until it comes out. This a girl with low porosity hair’s dream. No more two plus hours under the dryer and some part of the hair is still damp.

Reina Benoir
Reina Benoir
5 years ago

I will be all on that when it comes out. Hell if I had any money now I’d put in the indegogo and buy stock in that company.

Ms. A
Ms. A
5 years ago

I’m the one turning down the timer cause my ears get hot, lol. I hope he changes the game cause I’m over here struggling to stay cute too.

NnayaR H Y T H M
NnayaR H Y T H M
5 years ago

Ok, so how can we get our hands on one? I need this hair dryer in my life ASAP. Lol

mibtp
mibtp
5 years ago

Why didn’t they post the link to the Indiegogo Campaign? Help a brother out!

mibtp
mibtp
5 years ago

Link to his campaign: He needs some love:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/momentum-dryer#/

unknwon
unknwon
4 years ago
Reply to  mibtp

The campaign says closed. Did he do up another one?

Martin Mccurtis
Martin Mccurtis
5 years ago

This is Martin McCurtis. It’s my hair dryer. Thank you ALL for your support and positive words. I can’t tell you how much it means to me!! I’m working on getting this in your hands ASAP. Do me a favor and pray for me to follow God’s guidance and represent Him in all I do.

God bless y’all, and have a great day. I’m praying for you too!!!!

Boogie R
Boogie R
5 years ago

Do you have a webpage or a way to keep in touch by supporting you?

LindaJ
LindaJ
4 years ago

That’s an excellent starting ground! Perhaps the Lord will direct you to something like Shark Tank for investors. In the meantime I will be praying for you and your family. God bless you!

MagnoliaGirl Phillips
MagnoliaGirl Phillips
5 years ago

Proud of my fellow Mississippian go ahead bro! Can’t wait to use this cool dryer!

Brandy Payne-Johnson
Brandy Payne-Johnson
5 years ago

Can simply set up a website where we can purchase this? If I was given a time frame, I’d be willing to wait until he builds it.

Alwina Oyewoleturner
Alwina Oyewoleturner
5 years ago

Great job sir! Thank you for your innovation and support of natural hair!

shelley
shelley
5 years ago

please keep us informed on product launch. as you can see, you’ve already sold a few.

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