English Historical Fiction Authors: A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Hair Care

Since biblical times, a woman’s hair has been known as her crowning glory.  This was never more true than in the Victorian era – a span of years during which thick, glossy hair was one of the primary measures of a lady’s beauty.  But how did our 19th century female forebears maintain long, luxurious hair without the aid of special shampoos, crème rinses, and styling treatments?  And how did they deal with hair-related complaints such as an oily scalp, dry, brittle tresses, or premature greyness?

To start with, shampoo as we know it today did not exist during the 19th century.  In fact, the word shampoo meant something quite different to the Victorians.  Derived from the Hindi word champo, it was an Indian technique of pressing or…

Source: English Historical Fiction Authors: A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Hair Care

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4 thoughts on “English Historical Fiction Authors: A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Hair Care

  1. I am sure that I recall this post from before, perhaps from another blog. After reading about all the effort necessary to keep a lady’s hair in good condition, I can only say that I am pleased to have very little left to worry about!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. I have actually tried quite a number of the techniques and potions used then; the mix of egg yolk and brandy is pretty good if you are sure to use lukewarm water to rinse with, or you can scramble it!
    Having very (as in, below hip length) long hair myself, I would not like to wash it in a basin often but it is possible and not as hard as people imagine.

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