Hair-dressing. Savage races, and up to a late period civilised nations also, exhibit great variety in their modes of dressing the hair. Among the more remarkable peculiarities may be mentioned the Chinese pig-tail and the Moslem practice of shaving the head with the exception of a small tuft by which the wearer may be lifted into Paradise. But these monstrosities appear natural and simple beside the head-dresses in vogue in Europe in the 18th century, in which the French set the fashion. The tax on hair-powder and the taste for simplicity in dress which sprang up with the progress of democracy resulted in the abandonment of these absurd fashions.