The High Roll: it itched, ached and burned like anything, but it was style

“The outcry against it proved equally swift and sharp. In 1767 the author of a letter to the editor of the New York Journal bemoaned the fashion that led women to double the size of their heads with the use of pomatum, artificial pads, and hair procured from corpses. But most distressing of all, the writer claimed, the ‘frizzled’ style resembled the shock head of a Negro.’ The insult was twofold, for the so-described ‘shock head’

Posted October 4, 2001

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