by Marion Harland
Wishes to dye her hair
I am compelled to earn my living, and naturally do not wish my hair to turn gray. I wonder if some of your readers have had experience along the lines of dyeing, and if so, if they would be kind enough to recommend something they know to be reliable. I would like to have my hair dyed, but I want to be sure that I am going to some one thoroughly to be relied upon. I would be much obliged to you for any information concering this matter. You have helped so many that I feel you can do something for me, and your column is so widely read that it seems as though everyone could be helped in some way. – ASP
As a rule, I do not print such requests as these, for I have nothing to do with the care of the hair or complexion, and cannot recommend either workers in these lines or proprietary articles, no matter low great their excellence. But the appeal of a working woman touches me always, and to I feel inclined to say a word in reply.
In the first place, then, I have been told that if anyone whose hair is becoming prematurely gray will use the white of egg as a shampoo. Wetting the hair first, apply the white of egg to it instead of soap, and after it has been well rubbed in then rinsing the hair with clear water, the turning gray process will be checked.
I repeat this merely because it is a simple and harmless remedy, but I know nothing of its value and do not endorse it as a sure means of preventing the change of color in the hair.
So much for that I do want, however, to say a word relative to dyeing the hair. Even although I appreciate the possibility of gray hair serving in some linas of employment as a drawback to the would-be worker. I advise strongly against beginning the business of dyeing it. Putting aside any ethical aid of it, the work of dyeing, once begun, must be kept up, and is an unmitigated nuisance. I have friends whs have been in bondage to the practice to many years. Once begun it must be continued, and becomes more and more of a bother all the time.
I could write many tales of the untoward accidents attending hair dyeing — one woman’s hair actually turned a greenish bronze from the application of a dye the had theretofore used with entire success — and all of them would point to the same conclusion that when you begin dyeing or coloring your hair, you open the door to all kinds of worries and annoyances and make life unnecessarily difficult.
My advice would be to keep yourself up in every way you can, by careful grooming, well-arranged hair, and well-fitting clothes; to be as neat as possible, and compensate by the crisp freshness of your general appearance for the silver threads that may begin to come.