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How many times have you read a story in which a heroine sinks
gratefully into a sudsy tub of water and scrubs her hairor, even
worse, piles it up on her head to wash it?
Historical women kept...
How many times have you read a story in which a heroine sinks gratefully into a sudsy tub of water and scrubs her hairor, even worse, piles it up on her head to wash it?
Historical women kept their hair clean, but that doesnt mean their hair was often directly washed. Those who had incredibly difficult to manage hair might employ a hairdresser to help them wash, cut, and singe (yes, singe!) their hair as often as once a month, but for most women, hair-washing was, at most, a seasonal activity. The reason that hair was rarely washed has to do with the nature of soaps versus modern shampoos. Soaps are made from a lye base and are alkaline. Hair and shampoo are acidic. Washing hair in soap makes it very dry, brittle, and tangly. Mens hair was short enough and cut often enough that using soap didnt harm it too much and the natural oils from the scalp could re-moisturize it fairly easily after even the harshest treatment, but in an age when the average womans hair was down to her waist, soap could literally destroy a womans head of hair in fairly short order.
Instead, indirect methods of hair-cleaning were used. Women washed their hair brushes daily, and the proverbial 100 strokes were used to spread conditioning oils from roots to tips and to remove older or excess oil and dirt. This was more time-consuming than modern washing, and this is one of the reasons that good hair was a class marker. The fact that only women of the upper classes could afford all the various rats, rolls, and other fake additions to bulk out their real hair was another. (An average Victorian woman of the upper middle or upper class had more apparent hair in her hairstyle than women I know whose unbound hair falls well below their knees.) Women rarely wore their hair lose unless it was in the process of being put up or taken downor unless they were having a picture specifically taken of it! At night, most women braided their hair for bed.