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patches in different hues, and the effect on the hair is terrible--it
often rots and crumbles away. In place of this absurd practice, we
recommend the following as available for trying the effect for dress
purpose: Procure a packet of gold powder of the hairdresser. Have
ready a very weak solution of gum and water, and one of the small
perfume vaporizers now in use. When the hair has been dressed,
sprinkle it with gum and water by means of the vaporizer and then
shower on the gold powder. It may be put on thick enough to hide the
color of the hair, and owing to the gum it cannot be danced off. The
effect by artificial light is beautiful.
=For Keeping the Hair Crimped or Curled in Summer.=--A quarter of an
ounce of gum tragacanth, one pint rose-water, and five drops of
glycerine; mix and let stand over night. If the tragacanth is not
dissolved, let it remain half a day longer; if it is thick add more
rose-water and let it remain for some hours. If then it is a smooth
solution, nearly as thin as glycerine, it is fit for use. Dampen the
hair before crimping or curling.
=To Bleach the Hair.=--It has been found in the bleaching of hair that
gaseous chlorine is the most effectual. The hair should be cleaned for
that purpose by a warm solution of soda and washed afterwards with
water. While moist it is put into a jar with chlorine gas introduced
until the air in the jar looks greenish. Allow it to remain on for
twenty-four hours, and then, if necessary, repeat the operation.
=A New French Remedy for Baldness.=--Croton oil, one of the best French
remedies for baldness, is employed by simply adding to it oil or
pomade, and stirring or agitating the two together until admixture or
solution is complete. The formula adopted by the eminent French
physician who introduced this remedy, and who speaks in the most
confident and enthusiastic way of the success attending its use, is:
Take croton oil, twelve drops (minims); oil of almonds, four troy
grains. Mix. A little is to be well rubbed on the scalp twice a day.
Soft down, we are assured, appears in three weeks.
=For Improving the Hair.=--_Palma Christi oil for thickening the hair_:
Take one ounce of Palma Christi oil, add oil of lavender or bergamot
to scent it. Let it be well brushed into the hair for two or three
months, particularly applying it to those parts where it may be most
desirable to render the hair luxuriant. This is a simple and valuable
oil, and not in the hands of any monopolist.
=To Dye the Hair Flaxen.=--We have heard the following is effective:
Take a quart of lye prepared from the ashes of vine twigs, briony,
celandine roots, and tumeric, of each half an ounce; saffron and lily
roots, of each two drams; flowers of mullein, yellow stechas, broom,
and St. John's wort, of each a dram. Boil these together and strain
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