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Self-Instructor in the Art of Hair Work

Dressing hair, making curls, switches, braids, and hair jewelry of every description

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Author: Mark Campbell
Published: 1867
Language: English
Wordcount: 36,050 / 106 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 93.1
LoC Category: TT
Downloads: 4,190
Added to site: 2012.01.30 31254
Genre: Instructional

Compiled from original designs and the latest Parisian patterns.

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econd one to the left, or backward.


Braid this over a small wire, with a hole in one end like the eye of a needle, so as to draw a small cord in the place of the wire. When you have it braided, take off your weights, tie the ends fast on the wire and push the braid together on the wire; then boil in water about ten minutes; then take it out and put in an oven as hot as it will bear without burning, until it is quite dry; then take it out and slip it off of the wire on to the cord, and sew the ends of the braid so it will not slip on the cord, and put a little shellac on the end to keep it fast. If you want it elastic, use elastic cord. To vary the size of the braid, vary the number of hairs in a strand.


TAKE eighteen strands, eighty hairs in a strand, and place on table like pattern. Commence at A and B, take Nos. 1 and swing around table to the right, and place the No. 1 from A over the Nos. 2 and 3 at B, and the No. 1 from B over the Nos. 2



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