A very fashionable liquid, now in such prevalent use for removing the dandruff from the hair, is made by mixing together bay rum 4 quarts; water 1 pint; glycerin 2 ozs.; tinct. cantharides i oz.; carb. ammonia J oz.; borax 1 oz. Dissolve the two last in the water and add the solution to the other materials mixed together, and then shake up well. The hair is moistened with this liquid; and the slight lather occasioned by rubbing with the hands must be washed out with water. By doubling the quantity of borax, the lather is more soapy, but the addition is injurious to the hair. By omiting the borax, a wash is obtained nearly identical with the far lamed " Balm ol Columbia," and similar cosmetics for the hair.
This article was originally published with the title "Hair Waters" in Scientific American 8, 38, 297 (June 1853)