Between the art and the mummies left behind by ancient Egyptians, we know a lot about how they wore their hair. You probably have some pictures in your head already, like blue-and-gold striped pillowcase-looking thingies with snakes coming out of the forehead. And stuff like that. Right? Well, there’s that and more.
Hairstyling was a big deal in ancient Egypt, for both practical and aesthetic reasons. Tomb artwork depicts noblewomen with their hairdressers, applying cosmetics, bathing, and so on. These people cared a lot about their appearances!
Your average Egyptian woman, up to the time of the New Kingdom (which started around 1550 BCE), wore her hair pretty short – either shaved or in a bob. (more…)