There is really nothing that escapes the clutches of Big Government, including hair powder.
For a little hair history today, our PD Staff gives you the British Duty on Hair Powder Act of 1795.
Essentially, under the Act, unless you were a member of the British Royal Family, one of their servants, or member of the clergy making less than £100 a year, you had to purchase a special certificate in order to use hair powder.
Yes, keeping your wig its whitest was a matter for the State under the Hair Powder Act of 1795.
Starting from May 5th, 1795, people were forced to visit a stamp office to purchase their hair powder certificate and to have their name officially recorded for the British Government.
Each certificate cost one guinea the equivalent of £100 today.
The Hair Powder Act was only finally repealed in 1869.