2. The First Soaps Were Quite Harsh on Hair

Lye-based hair treatments are such a big deal nowadays and we’re constantly being warned about the damaging effects they have on our precious tresses! But how would you feel if you had to use a lye-based soap to clean your hair? Guess that irregular washing don’t sound so bad now, huh? Seriously ladies, modern shampoos came pretty late (1920 to be precise) which left a lot of pre 1920s women stuck with a lye-based soap that would have been too damaging if used too often.

Good Hair Was Tied with Social Status