Stubbes on Hair

Then followeth the trimming and tricking of their heds in laying out their hair to the show, which of force must be curled, frizled and crisped, laid out on wreathes & borders from one eare to an other. And lest it should fall down, it is underpropped with forks, wyres, & I can not tel what, rather like grim stern monsters, than chaste christian matrones. Then on the edges of their bolstered heir (for it standeth crested round about their frontiers, & hanging over their faces like pendices or vails with glasse windows on every side) there is layd great wreathes of gold and silver, curiously wrought & cunningly applied to the temples of their heads. And for feare of lacking any thing to set foorth their pride withal, at their heyre, thus wreathed and crested, are hanged bugles, ouches, rings, gold, silver, glasses , & such other gewgawes and trinckets besides, which, for that they be innumerable, and I unskilfull in wemens terms, I cannot easily recount.
If curling, & laying out of their own naturall heyre were all, it were the lesse matter; but they are not simply contente with their owne haire, but buy other heyre, dying it of what color they list themselves: and if there be any poore woman that hath faire haire, these nice dames will not rest, till thei have bought it. Or if any children have faire haire, thei will intice them into a secrete place, and for a penie or two, thei will cut of their haire: as I heard that one did in the citie of London of late, who metyng a little child with verie faire haire, invegled her into a house, promised her a penie, and so cutte off her haire. & this they were in the same order as you have heard, as though it weare their owne natural heir: and uppon the other side, if any have heyre which is not faire inough, than will they dye it into dyverse colors, almost chaunging the substance into accidentes by their dyvelish and more than thrice cursed devyses.

Citation Type  Prose
Citation Year 1583