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About Brushing The Hair – Victorian And Edwardian Hair Care

How To Brush Your Hair – Victorian And Edwardian Hair Care

‘The comb and brush are […] agents of the toilet by which the hair is kept clean, vigorous, and healthy.’ (Scientific American Supplement Volumes, 1883) ‘Much washing of the hair with water is bad […] it is possible by much brushing to avoid any excessive use of water.’ (Every Woman’s Encyclopaedia, 1910-2)

Combing and brushing the hair thoroughly once or twice a day was recommended in the Victorian and Edwardian era to keep the hair and scalp healthy and clean. Continue reading About Brushing The Hair – Victorian And Edwardian Hair Care

Cutting Vs. Singeing The Hair – Victorian And Edwardian Hair Care

In the Victorian and Edwardian era, hair was sometimes singed instead of cut to trim split ends. A lighted taper (candle) was used to burn off split ends.

Cutting Vs. Singeing The Hair - Victorian And Edwardian Hair Care

While Victorian women grew their hair as long as possible, even if the hair was thin, Edwardian women favored short and thick hair which was easier to put up into a pompadour hairstyle. To keep the hair healthy and beautiful, it was necessary to trim split ends from time to time. But should the hair be cut or singed to trim split ends? Continue reading Cutting Vs. Singeing The Hair – Victorian And Edwardian Hair Care

How Often To Wash The Hair – Victorian And Edwardian Hair Care

How Often To Wash The Hair - Victorian And Edwardian Hair Care
Washing the hair (The Fountain Of Youth, 1905)

Today, it’s often thought that hair was washed less frequently in the past. But this wasn’t always the case. In the Victorian and Edwardian era, it was recommended to wash the hair between twice a week and once a month. Continue reading How Often To Wash The Hair – Victorian And Edwardian Hair Care

How To Clean Your Hair Brush – Victorian And Edwardian Hair Care

Hairbrushes in the Victorian and Edwardian era were often made of ivory, ebony, silver, or alpacca (German silver). Usually horsehair bristles were used for softer, and boar bristles for stiffer brushes. White and yellow boar bristles were imported from Russia and Siberia, whereas dark grey and black were imported from India and China (The Brushmaker, And The Secrets Of His Craft And Romance, 1870s). Hairbrushes were handmade: A wooden brush-back was drilled, bristles ‘drawn’ through each hole with thin wire and secured with a knot.

How To Clean Your Hair Brush - Victorian And Edwardian Hair Care

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