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Question: In the 1700's and 1800's, how often did people wash their hair!?
also, did they use just plain soap!?

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The 1700s seems to have been a period when washing generally was not a very frequent practice, less frequent than it had been in medieval times for instance!.

However the 1800s was a period when washing seemed to become more popular again, including washing of hair!. In 'America's Women' Gail Collins writes:

'Women were also being counseled to keep their hair clean, but shampoo was still in the future!. Health and beauty books were full of recommendations about what to use when washing your hair;a beaten egg yolk, cold tea, castor oil mixed with brandy and bay rum, or olive oil in which flowers had been allowed to stand!.'Www@QuestionHome@Com

While I don't know the answer specifically I do know that it was not very often!. I know that because that is the time when people, especially the wealthy, wore the white powdered wigs we associate with persons of that time frame!. The wigs were worn and they were powdered in order to deal with bugs and stuff in their hair!. They would rather hide it then clean it and keep it clean!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

In those early centuries people used to wash their hair once in a week!. People in those days kept long hair and it took so much time in washing them!.So they usually avoid to wash hair daily!.
They used herbal techniques instead of any soap!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

I know in France not very often at all!. The Kings wouldn't bathe for days because they saw it as unhealthy!. Women had special colored dresses to match the color of dirt so they would look clean all the time!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

Once a week!.Www@QuestionHome@Com