The book of trades; or, Familiar descriptions of the most useful trades, manufactures, and arts practised in England : and the manner in which the workmen perform their various employments.
(undated, inscribed 1829)
The hair cutter., p. 54
54 THE HAIR CUTTER. THIs business consists in cutting and dressing ladies' and gentlemen's hair: also in making wigs and braids; and in most cases the business includes the art of shaving. The man who performs these operations is generally called a hair-dresser. Hle requires different kinds of scissors, combs, head-brushes, curling tongs, prowder and pomatum, razors, and a strap and hone. Eminent hair-dressers generally keep shops and sell those ar- ticles with perfumery. He ought to know how to set razors, as he is frequently applied to for this -purpose. Gentlemen in general find their own powder and pomatum, and even their shaving uten- sils, not choosing to be lathered with the shaving brush that has been applied to the faces of so many two-penny customers. Journeymen hair-dressers earn from fifteen shillings to a guinea per week; hut those who work on wig making and the wearing of false hair may earn much more. Previously to the year 1795 (when the annual tax was laid upon wearing Ihair-powder) this business was much better than it is now,
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