This chapter examines production and practice relating to hair care in the 'age of empire', 1800-1920, focusing on 'the West', primarily Britain and the USA. There are four points of discussion: Producing Hair consider the global trade, sources and attitudes. In the context of changing constructions of masculinity and femininity, Gender: Products and Practice looks at popular approaches to hair care along with debates informing their use. Practice: Hairwork explores the passion for creating items such as jewellery and portraits, and Victorian popular culture’s love of sentimentality. Finally, Hair and Race references African Americans and the practices employed by enslaved people, as well as postbellum developments in hair care.
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