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528                                     THE HAIR.
ive, or almond oil, 6 gills; color, perfume, and mix to suit. This oil does not congeal in cold weather; alkanet is generally used for coloring a beautiful red, turmeric for lemon color, and armanetto for coloring orange.
Cocoanut Oil—Is good for the hair, provided it be new and fresh.
Palm Oil is also fine for the hair; its odor is pleasant, resem­bling violets, and is a fine addition to pomades; turmeric will give it a lemon color.
Italian Hair Oil.—Mix castor oil, 1 pint, with half pint Ja­maica rum, and perfume with any essential oil to fancy.
Antique Hair Oil.—Oils of sweet almonds and olive, each 1-2 pint; the oils should be the best; scent with any sort of perfume; use any coloring; put into a bottle and cork tightly.
Macassar Oil.—One pint of olive oil, 3 ozs. alcohol, 1-4 oz. of rose oil; free from dust chipped alkanet root (which can be had from a druggist for a few cents), 1-2 an ounce; divide it into 3 or 4 muslin or bobbinet bags, and let them lie in the oil until a pretty bright red or crimson is developed, then change them to other oil, as the bags can be used again for the same purpose, put into the bottom of each phial a small quantity of any perfume that you may fancy, such as the oil of bergamot, orange flowers, rose, jessamine, &c, mixed with a little tincture of musk ; do not press the chipped alkanet root, nor shake the bottle when you use the oil, but pour a small portion into a flat vessel or saucer, and with your finger rub it through the roots of the hair.
Bears' Grease.—Not being a commercial article, it requires a quantity of perfume to counterbalance the unpleasant odor, but the genuine oil can be counterfeited, and is just as good in quality, if not better, for the hair. Good, fresh and sweet lard, 1 pound ; beef suet, 4 ounces; melt the suet, then, according to the heat of the weather, add from 4 to 8 ounces of castor oil or olive oil, then add the lard; triturate till nearly cold, then vary to suit the fancy, or in the following proportions: oil of bergamot, 1 ounce; oil of lavender, 1-2 an ounce; oil of cloves, 10 drops; pour into bottle or jar; cork tightly.
Coloring thb Hair.—A French Recipe—(The ugly girl papers.) —Melt together in a bowl set in boiling water, 4 ozs. of white wax in 4 ozs of olive oil, stirring in when melted and mixed, 2 ozs. of burnt cork in powder. This will not take the dull, bluish tinge of metallic dyes, but give a lustrous blackness to the hair, like life. To apply it, put on old gloves, cover the shoulders carefully to protect the dress, and spread the color preparation like pomade on the head, working it well through the hair. It changes the color at once, as a black dressing rather than a dye.