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THE LADIES' BOOK OF USEFUL INFORMATION. Preface
CONTENTS
PERSONAL BEAUTY-1
PERSONAL BEAUTY-2
PERSONAL BEAUTY-3
PERSONAL BEAUTY-4
PERSONAL BEAUTY-5
PERSONAL BEAUTY-6
PERSONAL BEAUTY-7
TREATING OF MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS-1
MARRIAGE-1
MARRIAGE-2
MARRIAGE-3
LOVE AND MARRIAGE-1
WHEN TO MARRY-HOW TO SELECT A PARTNER ON RIGHT PRINCIPLES
SEXUAL INTERCOURSE-ITS LAWS AND CONDITIONS-ITS USE AND ABUSE
MARRIAGE
PREGNANCY-LABOR-PARTURITION-1
PREGNANCY-LABOR-PARTURITION-2
MENSTRUATION
COLLECTION OF VALUABLE MEDICAL COMPOUNDS
THINGS FOR THE SICK ROOM
THINGS CURIOUS AND USEFUL
HOME DECORATION
FLORAL
HOW TO DO YOUR OWN STAMPING AND MAKE YOUR OWN PATTERNS. BRONZE WORK
CHAPTER 18
INDEX
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES. INTRODUCTION
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-1
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-2
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-3
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-4
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-5
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-6
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-7
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pointed out. 

 

The daily use of oil or pomatum, with which a few grains of carbonate 

of lead, lead plaster, or trisnitrate of bismuth, have been blended by 

heat and careful trituration, has generally a like effect on the hair 

to ferruginous solutions; so also has a leaden comb, but its action is 

very uncertain. None of these last are, however, safe for 

long-continued use. Atrophy of the scalp, baldness, and even local 

paralysis, have sometimes, though rarely, been caused by them. 

 

When the normal sulphur of the hair is absent, or deficient, the 

preceding substances fail to darken the hair. In this case the desired 

effect may often be produced by also moistening the head, say twice a 

week, with water, to which a little sulphuret of potassium or 

hydrosulphuret of ammonia has been added. 

 

 

 

When it is desired to dye or darken the hair more rapidly, as in a few 

hours, or even a few minutes, plumbite of lime, plumbite of potassa, 

or nitrate or ammonia--nitrate of silver--is usually employed. The 

first is commonly produced by the admixture of quicklime with oxide of 

lead (litharge), carbonate of lead, or acetate of lead. These 

ingredients should be in appropriate proportions, but very generally 

the reverse is the case in those of the shops. 

 

It may be laid down as a rule that when the lime is in greater 

proportion than about two to one of the oxide, and to the 

corresponding equivalents of the other substances mentioned, or when 

the lime has not been prepared in a proper manner, the compound is not 

safe, and very likely to prove injurious to the skin and hair-bulbs, 

and perhaps to act as a depilatory. The effects of these lead dyes 

arise partly in the way previously described and partly by direct 

chemical action between the sulphur of the hair and the lead which 

they contain, sulphuret of lead being formed in the surfacial portion 

of the hair. It is on the last that their more immediate effect 

depends. If there be no sulphur in the hair, they will not darken it. 

After the necessary period of contact, they should be gently but 

thoroughly removed from the hair and skin by rubbing them off with the 

fingers, and by the use of the hairbrush, the head being then washed 

clean with tepid water. Should the tint imparted by them not be deep 

enough, or be too fiery, it may be darkened and turned on the brown or 

black by moistening the hair the next day with a very weak solution of 

sulphuret of potassium, or of hydrosulphuret of ammonia. 

 

 

None of the compounds of lead stain the skin, an advantage which has 

led to a preference being given to them by many persons who are clumsy 

manipulators, and to the more extensive use of them than of other hair 

dyes. 

 

The salts of silver above referred to are more rapid in their action 

as hair dyes than those containing lead. It is only necessary to wash 

the hair quite clean and free from grease, then to moisten it with a 


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