This section of the book is from the "Household Companion: The Home Book Of Etiquette" book.
Baldness is not so serious a matter to a man as to a woman, for he has the comfort of knowing that he has many companions in his misery.
But a bald woman is really to be pitied. It is impossible to accept such a misfortune with resignation; she must conceal it by every means in her power. She is often compelled to resort to a wig, or to caps such as are worn by dowagers.
The growing tendency to baldness among women has been attributed to the use of hot irons for crimping; to false hair; to overheating the scalp by head-dresses. It is, perhaps, still more due to the use of dyes.
We no longer wait for gray hairs, but vary the color of the hair to suit our caprices, and quite frequently the brunette of to-day may appear to-morrow with golden or even red hair. Those who have black hair sometimes stain it mahogany color. Blondes whose hair is growing darker lighten it by the use of oxygenated water, which removes the color. Many woman will resort to any means rather than allow the hair to grow gray naturally. Such practices are much to be condemned. Let us remain as we are, content to grow old gracefully.