I made the homemade Victorian bran shampoo again. Last time the shampoo was too watery, so I adjusted the recipe slightly. Now it has the consistency of commercial shampoo. For this DIY shampoo you’ll just need 2 ingredients. Continue reading Thicker Homemade Bran Shampoo Recipe
I’ve tried out the 1872 ‘Prepared Bran for the Hair’ (in the middle of the page). It sounds as if the recipe is meant to be a dry shampoo. But I’ve made a liquid bran hair wash before, so I’ve turned the dry shampoo into a violet scented bran shampoo.
I’ve tried out another old homemade shampoo recipe: the 1893 glycerin-lime juice-shampoo. 😀
I read about bran hair wash in an old book: It said that the bran cleans the scalp naturally and makes shiny hair. For the bran shampoo you’ll just need two ingredients; and according to the article, the bran solution can also be used as mild face wash. Continue reading DIY Bran Hair Wash Recipe
A while ago I bought Edwardian-style hairpins made of real horn. Continue reading Edwardian Horn Hairpins
That’s my ‘new old’ Edwardian silver dressing table set which I recently won at an auction. 😀 Continue reading Edwardian Silver Hairbrush And Mirror
It’s restful for the scalp if the hair isn’t all the time dressed in the same way: ‘In the early part of the day, when simple frocks are worn, it may be twisted or braided at the back, making an elaborate coiffure for afternoon. This insures the head being cool in all places at different times.’ (Health And Beauty Hints, 1910)
‘It is a good thing, about noon, to take out one’s hairpins and to toss the hair loose. It looks pretty and it does the hair a world of good […] letting the air circulate through it.’ After washing and drying the hair, ‘leave the hair hang loose for two hours. […] The girl with the prettiest hair in the world makes it her pleasure to let her hair hang down the day it is shampooed. She braids it loosely and she ties it with a picturesque bow of ribbon. Then she puts on a lovely afternoon gown and is at home to her friend. Her coiffure, or the lack of it, is put down to novelty. Certainly it is becoming.’ (Chicago Tribune, 1907)
Pomade and oil is used for cleansing and healing the scalp, making the hair glossy and smooth. ‘In using oil, the animal and vegetable oils should always be preferred, as mineral oils, especially the petroleum products, have a very poor affinity for animal tissues. Continue reading Pomade And Hairspray – Victorian And Edwardian Hair Care
As bathrooms weren’t installed in all Edwardian houses, the usual method to cleanse the body was to dip a washcloth in a basin of water which was resting in a washstand. Even if the Edwardians couldn’t take a daily shower, they nevertheless were very cleanly: they washed the whole body at least once a day.
Hard water was then as now a problem: It’s less cleansing for body and hair, and coarsens the skin. Edwardians advised to always use soft water for the skin or to make hard water soft. Continue reading Edwardian ‘Shower’ & The Problem Of Hard Water – Victorian And Edwardian Beauty Routine And Recipes