· Most didn’t wash their hair very often, but there were other ways of keeping it “healthy.” Women brushed their hair more than 100 times a day to make it shiny. To treat dandruff, they rubbed bran into their scalp.
· Brushing and combing your hair would dislodge dirt and also spread the natural oils and fluids across the length of the hair, improving its conditions.
· As the century developed, the habit of washing one’s hair with water began to be promoted. A range of washes for the hair were widely recommended, most of which were relatively basic. Rosemary water was particularly popular. It removed more grease than just water.
· By the 1840s, occasional washing of men’s hair with water was creeping in, led by women, who had adopted the process first. For most, it meant a swill around in cold water to dislodge the dust and dirt, but some were willing to risk soap, although it did tend to leave the scalp sore in some people.