The 'Duty on Hair Powder Act 1795' said that everyone using hair powder must visit a stamp office to purchase an annual certificate. There were exemptions including :
- the Royal Family and their servants
- clergymen with an income of under £100 a year
- non-commissioned officers, privates in the army, artillery, militia, mariners, engineers, fencibles, subalterns, officers in the navy below commander, yeomanry, and volunteers.
I was trying to think of a modern tax being imposed which changed peoples' habits and all I could think of, to a lesser extent, was the tax imposed on tobacco to deter smoking, although sadly this wasn't as successful as the wig tax.
The tax was repealed in 1869.