Ancient Egyptian Hair Dressing

Form the very early ages the appearance has been an important issue for the people. It is believed that the appearance of a person is the reflection of his personality. And our hair is the most integral part to build up our appearance. Often the personality of a character is reflected in a person’s hairstyle.

In the ancient times the Egyptians had a lot of concern about their hairstyles. And their hairstyles varied with their age. While it is seen in the ancient Egypt the children had their head shaved except for a long lock of hair on the side of the hair. This lock was called the side-lock of the youth. In the hieroglyphic symbols this s-shaped lock were found and were both boys and girls wore these locks until their puberty. The young boys often found to have shaved heads where as young girls had plaits or even used ponytails. The edge of the ponytails was either naturally curled or was done so.

Now comes the styling of the Egyptian men. They usually had short hair but the ears were left visible. They also used distinctive short curls covering the ears shaping a bend from temple to nape. But this hairstyle is thought not to be natural, rather the result of an occasionally done process of hair curling. Egyptian women also had their unique style statement. They naturally preferred long, smooth curly and wavy hair. While the women in the old kingdom had short cuts or chin length bobs, the women in the new kingdom had long hairs or used wigs. Egyptians were very fond of using wigs.

Women used to decorate their hair with flowers and ribbons. They also used gold ornaments on their hair. But the common women who could not afford the luxury of using gold used ornaments of petals and berries to hold their hair at the back. Children often used amulets of small fish to decorate their hair. Headbands and hairpins made of metal or ivory were used in that age to hold the hair in place. And even beads were used to attach wigs.

While the Egyptians were very much cautious about their hairstyle, the slaves and servants were not allowed the same hairstyle as the nobility. In that case they used to tie the hair in kind of loop at the back of their head. There was also another hairstyle common to them, which was done by tying the hair in 8-9 long plaits at the back of the head and dangled together at one side of the neck and face.

As stated earlier wigs were very popular to the Egyptians. Men, women and even children used to wear wigs. Often they used to shave their hair bald replacing the natural hair with wigs. They used a great variety of wigs and they used a new wig each day. This was the primary headdress for special occasions like ceremonies and banquets.

The Egyptians had a great care for their hair. They washed their hair regularly. They also used a material called henna for taking care of their hair. They also had great care for their wigs, as it was the most inevitable part of their hair dressing.

If My Hair Could Talk

My hair, if it could talk my goodness what in the world would it say? Actually, I am a little afraid to find out. Why? Well, because my hair does not have a perm, relaxer or a texturizer. So? You’re probably saying. So? Really? Let’s talk about this for a minute. Please give me a moment while I get on my soap box for leverage. – Okay I’m ready now. My hair, my hair is probably talking about me at this very moment. It’s probably calling me some names that I have never even heard. And some that I have heard and will never repeat in my lifetime. Any who let me explain why I say this about my hair or why hair is not my best friend for the moment or maybe not ever. Sorry no more BFF’s here so stop looking!

First, let me start by guessing some of the things my hair might be saying about me or might say about me. The first thing I am sure is ‘when are you going to perm me’! Or maybe even ‘can we get a straightening come up in here, PLEASE’! If not that then ‘a blow out comb hairdryer, weave, something anything. Just stop making me wear my hair ‘Au natural’.

What’s wrong with Au natural or rather its natural texture? If my hair has a natural curl and I don’t mean the natural curl of someone with need I say “good hair.” Me and I my hair have never truly been BFF”s. How many people truly love their hair? My hair most of the time has it’s own agenda regardless of what I say or what I do. So with that I’ve decided, me not my hair, that I want it to do what I want it to do. What is so wrong with me wanting to sport what God has blessed with me NATURALLY? Obviously, there must be something wrong, if there wasn’t there wouldn’t be a need for so many advertisements for perms, weaves and braids. Don’t get me wrong I am not knocking those who choose to perm or weave their hair. This is just my personal opinion.

Let me digress for a moment here please. In this day and age where many African American women are either getting dreadlocks (dredlocks) two strand twists, flat twists, kinky Afro’s and any other natural styles be it for financial reasons or just wanting a change. For whatever reason women are doing it my question is this; The magazines that are designed to target African Americans or minorities, Where are the advertisements that are directed toward being keeping your tress’ naturally? You would think magazines such as Ebony, Essence or even Jet would have a one page maybe two pages of advertisements that target this growing market. Why not a column directed toward this subject? Maybe that’s to much to ask. Maybe they figure you can use the same products for relaxed or perm hair that you can for natural hair. If that’s true then why make and advertise products directed towards hair weaves and wigs? Maybe the answer has to do with money. There is, I am sure, probably more money to be made from such ads that are directed towards long luxurious hair from weaving or perming than being naturally kinky.

I am amazed at myself. Never would I have thought I would be sitting here blogging about natural hair. Yes me, perm having, weave wearing, braid having junkie. Well, now a former junkie. Then again I am not sure if I was true addict. An addict is someone who is in constant need of something and I wasn’t in constant need nor feigning for a perm or weave. But there was a sense of being on locked down with my hair. It controlled me. It told me when I needed a perm. It told me when I needed a weave. It told me when I needed to put extensions, rather braids in. Oh please, you’re saying to yourself. How in the world can your hair tell you what you needed to do and when you needed to do it? Well for you disbelievers out there its true and I did it ! Let me splain (that’s short for explain). When my hair would grow when I had a perm it would say ‘you can see your roots it doesn’t match the rest of us in straightness’. Or something else like ‘it would be nice if you could comb us it as nicely (or as easy) as you did when we first got the permed’ . My hair would send me constant reminders that it’s been 4 to 6 weeks, time to get us done. They were all in cahoots! The strands that is. Plotting against me. You would think the some one would stand up and say something like ‘hey they are apart of us why do we have to convert them to be straight like us’? Yeah, okay that only lasted but a minute. And so begins the journey or should I say more like an episode of Survivor-Hair salon first season.

First step, you have to call your girl or guy, to see if she /he has anything available hopefully within the next week. If not you must wait. That wait can sometimes be up to 3 weeks (for some I’ve heard longer!) before you can get tan appointment. Man that’s crazy, but that’s reality. Next, you’ve got your appointment and your all set ready to go! Finally, you arrive and with excitement you might even arrive early! Does it matter that your early? Well, that depends on how good or bad your stylist is. If their any good they will have at least three other people ahead of you. And if their bad, then there will still be at least three people in front of you! Three hours later you might still be under the dryer or with some good fortune behind you, you might be done. Sooooo, now after all that you step out of the salon with your hair looking fierce (I hope). Now here comes the real challenge, keeping it that way!

My dilemma was always how am I going to keep my hair in this style? Let me just say that I am a wild sleeper. I can tie my head up or down, at night with scarfs, stockings, do-rags and satin bonnets. You name I have probably have it or have used it. Come morning I wake up wiping sleep from my eye with my hair looking like I never went to the salon. Crazy! .It looks this way because I am not the type of person to tuck myself into the bed so I don’t move an inch while sleeping just so my hair would still be fierce in the morning. Never that!

Blonde Costume Wigs Still Popular

Don’t be shocked if you see more and more celebrities wearing blonde costume wigs. Celebrities are making it their everyday accessory piece that’s why these accessories are gaining more popularity.

Once a symbol of status, it still is really, but in a different venue. Now, it is considered more of a “fashion statement.”

The era for headpieces is back. Needless to say, men and women have considered wearing these items that date back centuries ago, to help boost the overall impact of their appearance.

Different styles have been designed for different purposes and personalities. Knowing which one suits your mood or personality is essential. Plan these things first before buying one and you will enjoy it even more when you wear them.

Though they are mainly made for aesthetic purposes, people also may wear it to conceal deformities or hair loss. This is actually very important as wigs could help maintain self confidence and self esteem in these individuals.

Presently, people may suffer from chemotherapy-related side effects like losing hair. This is due to the strong drugs used to fight cancer. These drugs fight off fast growing cells like cancer cells so as you can see, it stands to reason that it also includes killing hair cell, thus inducing hair loss.

Recently, designers have started making them from real hair for chemo patients. For those who need wigs for this reason, in choosing the one that’s best for you, consult experts or rather test and try them out to see if you feel and look good with it on.

Some were made for costume parties. The function of these types of wigs is not made to replace your hair, obviously, but rather to compliment your costume. Hair pieces for costumes are mostly made from synthetic materials.

Real human hair can actually be used to make a wig. Long ones made of human hair are great for women who do not have the luxury of time to maintain their own hair at this length yet would prefer to wear long hair periodically. The ones made with real hair are preferred in this case because they are more natural-looking than synthetic ones. But obtaining natural hair wigs are typically more expensive.

You will find that today most designers are producing wigs which are made from high-end synthetic materials that ever so closely resemble real human hair.

So now that you know a little more about wigs go out and get one. It does not have to be any of the blonde costume wigs; get black, red, green, blue or whatever color so long as it is what you want.

Start Off the New Year With a New Look – Top 5 Raquel Welch Wigs

Many people start the New Year off with a few New Year’s Resolutions. Some say they will lose a few pounds, while others seek to boost career success. If you’re looking to recreate yourself in the New Year with a new look, Raquel Welch wigs may be your answer. With styles ranging from short and sassy to long and elegant, and nearly 20 different colors, you’re bound to find the right new style for you.

Below are a few of the 51 styles currently available.

Action:
Beautiful layers and tapered ends make the Action wig perfect for anyone looking for a short, glamorous look. Available in close to 20 colors, the monofilament Raquel Welch hair is the ultimate in natural lightweight comfort. The hair is hand knotted, one by one, so that you can brush it in the direction of your choice for easy parting and styling versatility.

Always:
One or our best-sellers, the Always wig from Raquel Welch’s Free Form Collection creates a silhouette of long, luxurious layers that can be curled to create a full and fabulous look or ironed stick-straight for a completely different look. This wig uses Tru2Life™ synthetic Raquel Welch hair, which makes your styling options limitless, and just as with real hair, this soft, natural looking fiber can be curled or straightened with thermal styling tools to create any style you want. This product is one of many that uses Raquel’s updated and patented Memory Cap® II technology that affords a lighter weight; thinner, resilient lace straps; and ultra-fine wefts for the absolute finest in comfort and style. With that, the Memory Cap™ collection includes a patented and exclusive Kanekalon Vibralite® fiber that simulates protein rich hair and a wide color selection that reflects the multi-dimensional colors requested in today’s better salons. All Memory Cap™ wigs offer a cap with stretch lace that fit to the shape of your head.

Breeze:
A classic Celebrity Signature Raquel Welch wig, the Breeze uses soft wispy layers to create a care-free style that can be tousled and styled easily using wig cream or mousse. The wig’s Memory Cap® makes it easy and comfortable to create a sassy shake-and-go look.

Glamour:
Glamour, part of Rachel’s Memory Cap™ collection, has long layers that afford maximum
softness to this straight silhouette that falls to mid-back. Sporting tapered bangs, all-over layers and a hint of a flip on the ends, this cut features precision crafted tapering for natural movement.

Knockout:
Knockout, part of the Raquel Welch Sheer Lines Human Hair wig line, offers a sexy, 70s retro silhouette with loads of long, all-over layers and a light, cool Sheer Indulgence Top for parting versatility. Only the finest quality human hair is used in these wigs, which are available in nearly 20 exclusive salon colors. And don’t worry about styling or coloring; everything you can do to real, natural hair, including curling, perming, parting, blow drying and/or coloring, you can do with the Knockout.