INCONVENIENCE OF MODERN FASHIONS
The other night, being an interested looker-on at one of the "Light Gymnastic" soirees of our city, we were amused with a little incident which occurred. There was found a mass of hair covered by a net, and known among the ladies and the "initiated" as a "water-fall." A mischievous young man having secured the prize, was trying to match the stray ornament to the hair of the various young ladies in the room. Strange to say the owner could not be found, though the affair caused no little merriment. A day or two after, taking up an English paper our eye fell on the following, which goes to show that the fair ones should use much more caution in fastening on their false adornments, if they would not subject themselves and their foolish fashions to ridicule.
"As I walked past a certain shop, I saw the following singular advertisement" '2s. 6d. reward. Lost, a roll of lady's hair. Of no use to any one but the owner.' Now that gives rise to many reflections. One wonders why it should be 'of no use to any one but the owner.' For bracelets, chains, and even bow-strings are known to have been made of that material. The smallness of the reward helps one to comprehend the reason why Swift should have written upon a certain packet, "only a woman's hair;' it can't be a very valuable article. One would like to know of what color the hair was, of what texture it was, of what length it was. It couldn't surely have been lost by a lover; the ruffian would have had the grace to offer more than half-a-crown for its recovery. No; it must have been lost by a woman (or a barber, though in this case I should have thought it would be as useful to one barber as another); and I think I can guess what it was used for: it was, I should say, a roll twisted up a la, queue de cheval, which had been bought at a barber's, and which Angelicana was in the habit of sticking on the back of her head (as I understand she often does) when she went out riding or walking, to make believe she had been blest by nature. Hence the smallness of the reward; hence the improbability that it would be of use to the finder (though, of course, it might be); hence the cause of its having been lost, for people don't often drop their own hair to the street in the wholesale form of rolls. At any rate, I can think of no other explanation. It is possible, I know, but it is hardly probable, that a lady would have her own back-hair cut off and rolled up, only for the purpose of sticking it on again."
From "Arthur's Home Magazine - February 1865"
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