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Ancient Egyptian Beauty Secrets
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By Dr. Aisha El-Awady
Thursday, 31 O ctobe r 2013 00:00
Cleanliness and beautification were considered as essential practices in ancient Egyptian society. Ancient Egyptians were pioneers in several fields, including the field of beauty, in which they excelled. Hygiene was of the utmost importance in ancient Egypt, especially in the upper classes, and women who had the money for it would use a cleansing paste made out Ancie nt Egyptians we re pione e rs in se ve ral fie lds, of water and natron, which is found in including the fie ld of be auty, in which the y e x ce lle d sodium bicarbonate or sodium carbonate. Oils were considered essential, even for lower class women, for the protection of the skin and hair from the hot, dry climate. Oils were also used as perfumes. Cosmetics played an important role in the beautification process. Eye make-up was especially important, not only for enhancing one’s beauty but also for its medicinal and magical functions. Green eye make-up, which symbolized fertility, was made from the copper ore known as malachite, while dark gray eye paint was derived from a lead ore known as galena. In addition to its disinfectant properties, galena was thought to ward off the evil eye from its wearer. Kohl paste, which was used by both men and women, was made from a variety of compounds. Green malachite or jasper mixed with water and fat was the most common combination used. Galena and sometimes lapis lazuli were used as an eye treatment and were also called kohl. Kohl also served as a protection for the eyes against the sun and dust. Henna and red ochre combined with fats and oils were used for coloring the cheeks or lips, whereas orange colored rouge was made using iron oxides. Hair and Wigs in Ancient Egypt In ancient Egypt thick hair was favored, and although common women kept their own hair, those of higher status had the whole head and body shaved for hygienic purposes to prevent infestations with lice; it was also more comfortable in the hot summer climate to shave the head. However, they did not prefer the shaven look but instead wore elaborate wigs, which they dyed a variety of colors, including blue, green, blond, and gold, though black was the favored color for wigs.
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The wigs were made using human and animal hairs, Ads by Muslim Ad Network together with plant fibers. Around 300 strands were used for each wig, and the strands were kept in place using The y wore e laborate wigs, which the y dye d a varie ty of colors pomade made from wax. The wigs were frequently scented with perfumes and were usually divided into three sections, two on either side and one down the back. The Egyptians also used wigs to defy the signs of aging and balding. They used henna to cover up gray hair, and a wide variety of remedies were available for stimulating hair growth in bald men. Some of these included the application to the scalp of fats derived from ibex, crocodiles, snakes, lions, geese, cats and goats. A number of oils such as rosemary oil, castor oil, and almond oil were used to facilitate hair growth. Bald spots were also smeared with chopped lettuce.
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