Sun kissed highlightsNastya22/Shutterstock Who knew ancient Greeks were the original California Girl? According to fashioningthepast.com, ancient Greek women wore their hair long and preferred golden hued locks. "This was achieved by using a vinegar solution that bleached the hair in the sun, or a yellow flower dye. Soap, pomades, and wax were also used to give the hair shine." (We don't recommend these techniques! Ask your stylist about balayage highlights for a more natural look.)
Beach wavesNeonShot/Shutterstock Ancient Greeks had a thing for "beach waves" too. "To enhance the texture of the hair, Hellenistic women often curled their hair and held it in place with combs," reports fashioningthepast.com. Today you can purchase a curling wand or stick and perfect waves in a few minutes. Whether curled or worn straight hair played a role as a social communicator and emphasized class differentiation. Back then a short razor cut meant you weren't a slave to fashion, you were an actual slave. Upper class women only cut their hair in periods of mourning.
The right hairstyle makes all the differenceKaponia Aliaksei/Shutterstock Turns out in ancient Egypt appearances were everything and hairstyles indicated a person's status, the higher the status the more elaborate the hairstyle. Ancient Egyptian women had many styles to choose from. According to historyembalmed.com, the women of early ancient Egypt kept their hair short, while females of the later New Kingdom rocked longer hair which they curled, plaited, or braided into ponytails and adorned with jewelry, gold strands, flowers, beads, and ribbons. But braids go back further than Ancient Egypt. In her book Biblical Beauty: Ancient Secrets and Modern Solutions, author Rachelle Weisberger, explores the history of hair styling originated by the Assyrians around 1500 BCE. She explains how the Talmud describes Eve, "God adorned her [Eve] before presenting her to Adam by braiding her hair." Try sleeping in a braid for an easy overnight hairstyle.
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Wigs can mean a whole new you
Svyatoslava Vladzimirska/ShutterstockMuch like a Katy Perry concert, back in Ancient Egypt wearing different wigs could change your whole look. Not only was it "cool" to wear a wig but it kept you cool too. In fact both men and women shaved their heads bald and wore a wig for comfort in the hot Egyptian climate. But wearing a wig was also a fashion statement. They were used on special occasions, ceremonies, and at banquets.
Once you go red you never go backAlexander Mozymov/Shutterstock Even back in ancient days women may have been trying to find that perfect shade of red. Henna was used as a red hair dye, for moisturizing, sun protection and its ability to transform skin with red patterns. Considered the oldest documented cosmetic, Henna was widely used throughout the Middle and Far East. Rumor has it Henna fans included famous Egyptians Queens, Cleopatra, Nerfertiti, Fatima (the Prophet Muhammed's daughter), and Mumtaz Mahal, to whom the Taj Mahal was built. Henna tattoos and hair dye are still popular today. Here are some ideas to help your hair color last longer.
Don't be afraid to get caught with a little egg on your face1exey/Shutterstock Back during the 16th century, getting a little egg on your face was far from embarrassing; it actually was a secret for staying young. According to Mike Marenick, President of Heal Fast Skin Care. "HealFast Skincare is based on ancient recipes dating back to the 16th century where women would apply egg whites to their skin to help tighten and improve the skins texture. Today we use the whole egg (white and yolk) to provide all the vitamins, minerals and proteins that our skin needs to maintain proper elasticity and collagen levels." Don't like the idea of wearing your omelet? How about guacamole instead? Aztec civilizations used avocado as a skin moisturizer. Here are more ways avocado can make you beautiful.
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