Hmmm, I recently cut all my hair off! I now sport a pixie cut! Good thing I'm not living in the 1800's! For one, I'd miss my favorite shampoo! Back then hair care was much different.
For example, on average, we lose as many as 100 hairs a day. This is normal. Back in the day, if one's hair was falling out past the normal amount, one would wash the head with Castile or sulphur soap for a couple of weeks. Then the real fun would begin. Something more stimulating would be prescribed. Like this recipe: Castor oil - 1 ounce mixed with Liquor of ammonia (strong) - 1 ounce, Best French brandy- 1ounce and 6 ounces of Rose-water and used every other day.
Another mixture to promote hair growth, this one also including spirits, was 4 ounces of Bay rum, 2 drachma of Tincture of cantharides, a half an ounce of rosemary, and 20 drops of oil of nutmeg. Gads, we'd all smell like a hot toddy!
For dandruff, liquor wasn't necessary. A couple ounces of lard mixed with some diluted sulphuric acid did the trick. Aren't you glad we have Head and Shoulders shampoo now a days?
Yes, we've come a long way when it comes to hair care, not to mention skin care and the like. Some of the old beauty tips and tricks from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries are laughable. But folks swore by them back then.
Care of hair was one thing, hairstyles another. For a fun look at Victorian hairstyles, check out Victorian Hairstyles: A short history, in photos here. Long hair was definitely the crowning glory for women back then. So much for my pixie cut!
Kit Morgan is the author of over fifty books of pure fun and romance! Her heartwarming stories are described as Green Acres meets Gunsmoke and are chock full of surprises! You can check out her books on her website. www.authorkitmorgan.com