During the Victorian Era in Europe (1837-1901) it was very unusual for ladies to cut their hair. In fact, many women never had their hair cut at all during their lifetime.
Hairdressers as we know them today didn’t exist, and those wealthy enough would have a ladies’ maid to assist with arranging their coiffure.
Of course, they would never been seen out on the street looking like this, or even when entertaining at home. The hair would be piled up, suitably arranged, and then a hat would be put on top of it.
It was usual for the split ends to be trimmed occasionally, or even singed off with a flame, using a wax taper.
But this crowning glory of women of some substance was never cut during their lives, as a rule.
Some of the ladies were happy to pose for such photographs to show off their flowing locks, proud of that feminine asset.
As you can see from the photographer’s address on this photo, it was also common in America at the time.
And others would also dress up for the occasion, to symbolise a romantic heroine.
Of course, women who had to work in hard or dangerous jobs had to be more careful of getting their hair trapped, so they adopted shorter styles.
And it wasn’t unknown for some poor working class women to sell their long hair, which was used in wig-making.
So the next time you are having a ‘bad hair day’, remember this post. 🙂