Lousy Hairdos

Infanta Carlota Joaquina, courtesy of Museo Del Prado

Heard this while on a tour at Madrid’s El Prado: Those sky-high 18th century hairdos were considered chic but they were really lousy. As in filled with lice. Wealthy women bought sterling silver head scratchers to get to those really deep itchy spots. Also, their stylists slipped a bit of bacon into the buns to lure the bugs to one spot.

Now that’s a real BLT: Bacon, Lice and Trendy

And if the hair thing weren’t bad enough, women who dressed like  Carlota Joaquina of Spain (seen to the right) had to walk sideways through doorways and sometimes needed a helper to keep them upright if the dress weighed too much.

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