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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
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-8

 

 

It will be useful here to inform the inexperienced reader that all 

solutions and compounds which contain nitrate of silver stain the skin 

as well as the hair, if they be allowed to touch it. These stains may 

be removed, when quite recent, by rubbing them with a piece of rag or 

sponge wetted with a weak solution of potassium, of hydrosulphuret of 

ammonia, or of iodide of potassium; but as this is attended with some 

trouble and inconvenience, the best way is to avoid the necessity of 

having recourse to it. The hairdressers commonly adopt the plan of 

smearing hard pomatum or cosmetique over the skin immediately 

surrounding the hair to be operated upon, in order to protect it from 

the dye. By very skillful manipulation, and the observance of due 

precautions, the hair may be thoroughly moistened with the silver 

solution without touching the adjacent skin; but this can only be done 

when the hair of the head is under treatment by a second party. 

 

In reference to the tone and shades of color given by the substances 

commonly employed to dye the hair, it may be useful to state that the 

shades given by preparations of _iron_ and _bismuth_ range from dark 

brown to black; those given by the salts of silver, from a fine 

natural chestnut to deep brown and black, all of which are rich and 

unexceptional. The shades given by lead vary from reddish-brown and 

auburn to black; and when pale or when the dye has been badly applied 

or compounded, are generally of a sandy, reddish hue, often far from 

agreeable. However, this tendency of the lead dyes has recently led to 

their extensive use to impart that peculiar tint to the light hair of 

ladies and children which is now so fashionable. Other substances, 

hereafter referred to, are, however, preferable, as imparting a more 

pleasing hue. 

 

The reddish tint produced by lead, as already hinted, may be generally 

darkened into a brown, more or less rich, by subsequently moistening 

the hair with a weak solution of either sulphuret of potassium or 

hydrosulphuret of ammonia. 

 

The favorite compounds for external use in baldness, and, perhaps, the 

most convenient and best, are such as owe their stimulating quality to 

cantharides or Spanish flies, or to their active principle, 

cantharidine. This application of these drugs has received the 

sanction of the highest medical authorities, both in Europe and 

America. The leading professional hair-restorers now rely almost 

exclusively on cantharides, and all the more celebrated advertised 

nostrums for restoring the hair contain it as their active ingredient. 

 

Oils and pomades, very strongly impregnated with the essential oil of 

garden thyme (origanum) and rosemary, and lotions or liniments 

containing ammonia with a like addition of these essential oils, 

probably come next in the frequency of their use as popular 

restoratives of the hair in actual and incipient baldness. 


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