A woman who will make a habit of brushing and combing the hair at night and vigorously rubbing the scalp, rubbing till the blood tingles, may be sure, if she inaugurates this habit before her hair has begun to fail, that her hair will keep its color and useful quality. Even failing hair will often be brought back to vigor by such treatment.
A good deal is said in favor of brushing the hair. Brushing cleans the hair itself, but it does not invigorate the scalp as does combing, and neither is half so good as vigorous rubbing. When one begins she will find it takes a lot of rubbing to make the head tingle, but in a few weeks the first rub will start the blood. That tells its own story for where the curculation is sluggish, there deterioation of vitality has begun. Where the blood runs freely, there life renews itself.
It is good to let the hair hang loosely at night, expecially if one sleeps in a room in which outside air circulates freely. The roots need air. Twice a week braid the hair into little braids all over the head. Hair thus treated will keep a glossy look, yet not hang together, and it will turn back prettily in a pompadour with better effect than as if the curling irons are used. Besides, curling irons are ruinous to the health of the hair.