The American Pictorial Home Book
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A reference manual of household management in Victorian times.

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Senegal, i quart hot water (not boiling), mix, and as soon as the in­gredients are dissolved, add 2 oz. of spirits of wine, strongly im­pregnated with camphor; on retiring to rest, wet the hair with the above mixture and roll it in paper as usual; leave them till morning then untwist and form into ringlets.
To make Hair Curl easily.—This may be done by rubbing it with a beaten yolk of an egg, washed off with clear water, afterwards* —Note—It is always well to go through this process when you change to curls after having worn the hair plain.
To make Hair Curl.—After wetting the hair to be curled, let the ends be as even as possible, then wrap it around a perfectly smooth round stick of wood, or a metalic tube of proper size; tie it properly and put it so as to suspend it in water, that it may not touch the bottom, of the vessel and boil from 3 to 10 hours, remove it from the boiler, wrap it carefully in a newspaper, or in dough and bake it in a moderate oven for one hour. Thus heated, it will remain perma-nantly curled.
Beer for Curling the Hair.—Beer may be used to make the hair curl finely and hold it in any required position, it is applied by simply moistening the fingers, and passing the hair through them.
To Color the Hair.—Wash it daily with cold potato water.
Golden Powder for the Hair.—Make a strong solution of alum and hot water, then add powdered termuric enough to make a deep orange color, then set it to crystalize, then crush it to a coarse powder. To make the hair golden for an evening entertainment.— Dampen the hair with a weak mixture of gum arable water, then dust over the above gold powder. It does not shake off.
hair dyes without preparation.
Nitrate of silver, 1 ounce; 8 ounces distilled water; sufficient of liquid ammonia to redissolve the precipitate first formed. This ap­plied to the hair soon turns it to a dark shade, particularly if it is ex­posed to the warmth of the sun's rays; much care must be used in applying it. Stains on the skin or on linen can be removed by using a weak solution of cyanide of potassium. Clear days are the best to apply it.
Hair Dye No. 1.—Label a bottle No. 1; place in it 1 ounce of soft or clear warm water after settling; put into the water 1 drachm of sulphide or sulphuret of potassium.
Hair Dye No. 2.—Label another bottle No. 2; pour into it 1 ounce of soft or clear rain water; and into the water thus bottled 1 drachm of crystalized nitrate of silver. Apply No. I, and directly after it No. 2 for a few minutes, alternately, using different brushes for each number; use on clear days ; as soon as dry wash out well