The Writing Life at Middlemay Farm
PEOPLE BATHED ONCE A YEAR
WHY 19th CENTURY WOMEN WASHED THEIR HAIR SEASONALLY
6 WEEKS WITHOUT WASHING HAIR
OY. So hard to imagine!
I’m trying the no shampoo thing this week and it’s been really hard not to grab for the suds. My husband gave up shampoo and his hair looks great!
I cannot even imagine not bathing-in my own bathwater–daily. I know Americans are viewed as obsessed with that, but I am and probably won’t change.
🙂 I don’t blame you. have you ever been around teenaged boys after gym? Gross–to the showers!
Although I shower regularly (of course!), I only wash my hair about every 3 weeks. My hair looks better the longer it goes unwashed–up to the 3 week mark, then it needs cleaned pronto.
I’m liking the way my hair is looking so far (after a week). We’ll see how I feel once summer hits–if it ever hits.
I thought of you today (since you’re the only Ohio person I sorta know). I was reading about Ohio buckeye trees and had no idea that they were the best wood for prosthetic body parts in the old days. I thought you’d like to know that. haha
Indeed! It is cold here today. Ugh. You’ll eventually figure out the tipping point with your hair. This is how I know that I can go 3 weeks, but no longer. 🙂
I did not know that! I like that fact, though. I can tell you that if you ever step on an Ohio Buckeye newly fallen from a tree, you’ll not soon forget it.
The next time you are on Google, do an image search for buckeyes. You’ll immediately understand why stepping on a whole one is very painful. 🙂
Well I grew up with the once a week bath and hair wash. We had one bathroom for 5 people. It didn’t have a shower. It had an old iron radiator. Only when I was a teenager and my hair got really oil did it bother me not to wash my hair more frequently. After going away to college I began to shower daily. Now I am addicted to my daily shower.
Wow, you must have grown up a REALLY long time ago! Kidding. I think it was more the norm even in the 70’s for kids to wash less–until high school.
Not that older than you Jersey girl – 11/23/1960. Look up 8405 2nd Avenue North Bergen on Google Street view and you will understand about the bathroom.
My brother is obsessed with North Bergen houses like that! Wow, you really bring back memories–those tiny spaces between the houses and little lawns and driveways.
My mother still wishes she lived there–as does my brother who settled for Ridgefield Park 🙂
Our family house was on 77th Street at the bottom of the hill.
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Well I am not sure he would have been obsessed with this particular house. It was built by an Italian family who were in the construction business. We rented the second floor apartment. It was unusual as it had no front lawn. It did have a back garden with a cherry tree and fig tree. It also was an electrical nightmare and never could have AC when the window ACs came out. It did have a sub basement with a wine press that they made home made wine (it wasn’t very good I was told). Down the hill near Tonnelle Avenue is where you lived. For one summer when I was a teenager I walked up and down that hill to get to a summer job. Ah I was in shape back then.
Good old Tonnelle Ave . . . always dogs and people getting hit by trucks. My mother hated living in the suburbs. She couldn’t believe people didn’t walk everywhere like they did in North Bergen. Yes, my parents were very slim back then. What was the store across Tonelle–was it Pathmark?
Yes it was a Pathmark. It was a big deal when it first opened. I believe it is closed now. I must say that if you can drive on Tonelle Avenue and Kennedy Blvd and Bergenline Avenue you can drive anywhere. There never was a right lane with all the double parking.
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