Customs: Keeping the Hair Up

He has a reputation for being vain, fickle, unreliably charming and dependably indiscreet. Never too far from a mirror to lose sight of himself, he is a dude in his own parlor but usually a dud in anyone else's. Nonetheless, there is hardly a woman in the world today who can get along without him. Let her husband vanish, her housekeeper quit, her children join the Peace Corps anc her best friend move away; so long as ner hairdresser doesn't pull up roots, a woman feels secure.

Hairdressers have not always been so...