‘More necessary, even, than washing, is airing the hair in summer’ (Health And Beauty Hints, 1910). To air the hair thoroughly at night, braid one or two braids every night before retiring: ‘I believe it is impossible for a woman who does not brush and braid her tresses every night to have as luxuriant locks as one who regards this routine’. Before braiding, brush the hair for about 5 minutes: ‘there should be at least twenty long strokes of the brush after all snarls have been removed with a comb’. (Health And Beauty Hints, 1910) Use a fairly stiff bristle brush, and a coarse-tooth comb. Divide the hair into strands. Brush each of these ‘by placing the tips of the bristles on the scalp. The brush must then be drawn through the locks down to the ends’. Repeat it several times for each strand of hair. Then braid the hair into one braid, or two braids if the hair is thick. Secure the braids with silk ribbons.
Oiling The Hair
Massage the roots of the hair nightly with the ‘fingers dipped in an oily tonic […] just enough to keep the tips of the fingers moistened’. (Chicago Tribune, 1903)
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Perfuming The Hair Overnight
To perfume the hair and keep it tangle free, wear a scent cap at night. Cut a circle, like a dusting cap pattern, from thin China or India silk. Make an interlining of cashmere ‘to hold the odor satisfactorily. Add an elastic round the hem. ‘Between the inner and outer cap any kind of sachet desired is sprinkled thickly’, with orris root or any other desired scent. Tuck the braid under the cap at night. Other ways to scent the hair: perfume the pompadour roll and hats, and use some perfume on the bristles of the hair brush. (Health And Beauty Hints, 1910)
Silk Ribbons As Hair Accessories
A schoolgirl’s full, or wavy hair only needs one or two silk ribbons to tie the hair back from the face during the day. Mothers mostly choose white, pink, or blue ribbons for their daughter’s hair. However, a black ribbon for black or blond hair, cherry or pink for brunettes, russet or salmon for red, and brown or yellow for blond hair might be better. White ribbons only for girls with very white skin, blue for girls with blue eyes, and pink for girls with white skin and dark brown hair. (Every Woman’s Encyclopaedia, 1910-2)