Women in the Victorian era competed to see who has the strongest next muscles. To prove their strength, these sporting types would grow a ton of hair on this heads. Last one to topple over or develop a fractured spine won. Top prize prize was a pair of shears and freedom.
Women with long hair, 1880s. (Photo by Mark Jay Goebel/Getty Images)
Portrait of a young woman with very long hair, circa 1900s. (Photo by: PYMCA/UIG via Getty Images)
A Victorian trade card for Barry’s Tricopherous, ‘the Oldest & Best,’ a hair restorative that features an illustration of a woman in a hammock, who sits so that her hair nearly touches the ground. The text at the bottom reads ‘Guaranteed to restore the hair to bald heads and to make it grow thick, long, and soft.
Edwards Harlene hair dressing, 1890s.
A nude woman with long dark hair strikes a graceful pose, circa 1900. The signature Yrelaw is a reversal of the photographer’s name.
circa 1885: Mrs Frampton combing her long hair with the help of a mirror. (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)
circa 1890: Mrs Frampton proudly displays her very long hair. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
circa 1890: A lady with hair to her feet. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
circa 1890: Miss Milo combs her very long hair. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)