Beauty - Hair
( Originally Published 1924 )
No one questions the fact that hair must be kept polished and clean if it is to be woman's crowning glory. People disagree as to the proper frequency of shampoos, so in this, as in many other things, each one must be a law unto herself.
One of our best beloved motion-picture ladies, whose curls are her fortune (if successful advertising spells fortune), tells us how her hair is kept in such beautiful condition. She says, in substance, that the scalp and hair must both be looked after in order to attain hair health.
The necessary articles for the shampoo are two bath-towels and one thin face-towel; pure Castile soap, one fresh egg, and a lemon. Apply hot wet towels, over the thin one, to the scalp. Wrap them around the back of the head and neck until the pores of the skin are opened and the scalp is stimulated. By this time the scalp should be sufficiently wet to enable you to apply the egg which has been mixed with a fork, but not beaten. Apply it to the scalp slowly, all the time massaging briskly until the egg is spread over the entire head. 'The egg not only cleanses but has a tonic effect upon the scalp. The rubbing with the tips of the fingers should continue until the egg disappears. Again use an application of hot towels to drive in the egg, and follow it with the soap, which by this time is melted. Wipe off the first lather and apply the solution again. Wash the ends of the hair thoroughly. For the third time, use the soap, then rinse thoroughly with water containing the juice of the lemon, if you do not mind a mild bleach. Rinse again and again, gradually lowering the water in temperature. Put ten drops of oil of lavender in the last rinse-water and the hair will be elusively fragrant for several days.
The hair should never be dried with artificial heat, but out-of-doors if possible. If a curl is desired, the naturally curly, or permanently waved hair should' be allowed to dry without rubbing. When it is completely dry, it should be combed with a very coarse comb.
Ordinarily the hair should not be washed oftener than twice a month, and, if it is not subjected to dust, once a month would be better.
Oiliness in the hair comes from a condition of the glands at the roots. This condition may be in accord with the whole glandular system of the body, and attention to one's general health will correct it. The hair is a barometer of the rise and fall of vitality of the system.
Splitting at the ends or brittleness comes from impaired circulation. Increased exercise of the body to stir up a sluggish blood flow will improve the condition of the hair.
Diet to improve a health-condition will also cure dandruff.
A great deal of sport was made of a certain dietician who was health adviser of a family of three. The husband and father was afflicted with a very red nose. "Eat cabbage soup," said the dietician. The wife and mother was rapidly losing her hair. "Eat cabbage soup," was the advice given her. The young son was peevish with hives. "Eat cabbage soup," was the verdict. This unity of diet brought health and prosperity, as well, to the household, not only because of the simplification of the cook's duties, but because the vegetable salts were needed for the storing up of lymph for glandular activities.
Hot crude-oil, olive-oil, coconut-oil, castor-oil, or vaseline may be applied to a dry scalp and the head then wrapped in dry hot towels, which should be left on over night or as long as possible. The hair should then be thoroughly shampooed with plenty of soap-jelly to cut the grease.
A dry shampoo may be resorted to when oily hair demands it and injury through too frequent shampooing prohibits the use of water. To give the dry shampoo, use powdered orris-root or corn-meal, brush it into the scalp and then brush it out thoroughly.
Hair has ceased coming out when sprinkled with one-half a cup of salt all over the scalp, rubbing it in thoroughly, and confining the hair in a towel over night. This treatment observed twice a week will lead to a renewed appreciation of the blessing of "the salt of the earth."
A klull hair-net will often detract from the brilliancy of the hair. Place a wee bit of brilliantine on the palms of the hands, rub the hair-net gently with it ; it will soon be shining and less visible than when it is dull.
A tonic which will remedy dandruff, gray hair, and an oily condition is made of one package of garden-sage and one package of mountain-sage put in two cups of water and boiled until but one cup remains. It is then strained into a bottle and three ounces of bay rum and one tablespoon of sulfur are added.
Combs and brushes used on the hair should be kept immaculately clean.
In order for the hair to have air, it should be spread over the pillow when sleeping or worn hanging a part of the day.
Now that we have learned some of the ways of keeping the hair in a healthy condition, let us see what beauty miracles we can work further with the crowning glory.