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History Of Hairstyling – Egypt

We will be launching a list of blogs highlighting the history of hair styling throughout different civilizations old and most recent. We hope you will enjoy the researched information and we ask you to please forward it and share it with others as well.

Haircuts in lands of Pharaohs

Egyptian hairstyles very much depended on the wealth, age and social group the individual circulated in. Both men and women would have shoulder-length hair or hair cut short to the nape or even clean shaven  heads!
The wealthier you were, the more elaborate wigs you’ll wear.

YoungEgyptianHowever a shaven head was worn by young adults before they become of age, they would leave a small curl in the side of their head, named ’Lock of Youth’, to symbolise their age. Then they would have a choice of short or long hair. Young girls wore plaits, braids or sometimes ponytails.

The older men and women would wear wigs to hide their lack  of hair or the greyness of it. Due to being exposed to the sun, the wig would help protect the Egyptian’s hair from sun damage.

Different Kingdoms – Different Hairstyles

Women from the Old Kingdom would have shorter hairstyles whereas women from the New Kingdom had longer ones. Women would wear their hair with a natural-looking curl (when their hair was long) or plaited.
Both Egyptian men and women wore wigs to protect their hair from sun damage.
Both kinds of women would decorate their hair with flowers such as the lotus blossom and linen ribbons. Egyptians would also use Diadems (similar to tiaras) made from gold or garnet but the poor people would decorate their hair with berries and petals. They would also wear headbands tWomanWigLotushat circled the whole head and would serve to hold the hair in place as well as ivory and metal hairpins and beads to keep extensions in place. On each ringlet of hair (tress) they threaded gold tubes to show their wealth and dyed their natural hair with henna. Like women today their hairstyles were very unique. The Veil was rejected by the privileged women but poor women adopted the veil because it was seen as a sign of social mobility. Men kept their hair short or shaved, the wealthier men would wear elaborate wigs.
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