My mother-in-law once told me, “a woman’s hair is her crowning glory”.

Not a perfect quotation of the book of Corinthians I, but close.

But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her…

1 Corinthians 11:15, King James Version

Hence the gold crowns on the background of this article’s main image. And the fact that Victorian women (at least those not slaving away in factories or plantations) took their hair seriously. Not only did they grow it to remarkable lengths, they paid good money to have it styled either at home or at a parlor/salon for special events–and even “just because”.

Ladies Hairdressing Fashions, Part 1, published in The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, Louisiana, on November 23, 1885.

Ladies Hairdressing Fashions, Part 1, published in The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, Louisiana, on November 23, 1885.

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Ladies Hairdressing Fashions, Part 2, published in The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, Louisiana, on November 23, 1885.

Dressing the Hair, Part 1, The Daily Democrat of Huntington, Indiana, on May 24, 1886.

Dressing the Hair, Part 1, The Daily Democrat of Huntington, Indiana, on May 24, 1886.

Dressing the Hair, Part 2, The Daily Democrat of Huntington, Indiana, on May 24, 1886.

Dressing the Hair, Part 2, The Daily Democrat of Huntington, Indiana, on May 24, 1886.

Dressing the Hair, Part 3, The Daily Democrat of Huntington, Indiana, on May 24, 1886.

Dressing the Hair, Part 3, The Daily Democrat of Huntington, Indiana, on May 24, 1886.

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Woman's Hair, Part 1, published in the Fort Worth Daily Gazette of Fort Worth, Texas, on February 24, 1889.

Woman’s Hair, Part 1, published in Fort Worth Daily Gazette of Fort Worth, Texas, on February 24, 1889.

Forth Worth Daily Gazette of Fort Worth, Texas on February 24, 1889. Part 2.

Fort Worth Daily Gazette of Fort Worth, Texas on February 24, 1889. Part 2.

Forth Worth Daily Gazette of Fort Worth, Texas on February 24, 1889. Part 3.

Fort Worth Daily Gazette of Fort Worth, Texas on February 24, 1889. Part 3.

Forth Worth Daily Gazette of Fort Worth, Texas on February 24, 1889. Part 4.

Fort Worth Daily Gazette of Fort Worth, Texas on February 24, 1889. Part 4.

Forth Worth Daily Gazette of Fort Worth, Texas on February 24, 1889. Part 5.

Fort Worth Daily Gazette of Fort Worth, Texas on February 24, 1889. Part 5.

Forth Worth Daily Gazette of Fort Worth, Texas on February 24, 1889. Part 6.

Fort Worth Daily Gazette of Fort Worth, Texas on February 24, 1889. Part 6.

Forth Worth Daily Gazette of Fort Worth, Texas on February 24, 1889. Part 7.

Fort Worth Daily Gazette of Fort Worth, Texas on February 24, 1889. Part 7.

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