Sola Rey

Different Ancient Egyptian & Nubian Hairdress, Hair Extensions & Wigs to Inspire

These are some of my personal and random photos I took from the Brooklyn Museum. Wigs was a sign of higher status in the ancient past, as you know we always had an interest in beauty. Grooming was a way of life. “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.

One of my favorite things are hair accessories.

The wigs were made using human and animal hairs, together with plant fibers. Around 300 strands were used for each wig, and the strands were kept in place using 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.

As an artist I appreciate the time, thought, creativity & beauty that inspires me. 

Raw footage taken in the Cairo Museum of several Afro wigs dating to the 18th Dynasty found in the tomb of a high priest of Amun from Thebes, modern day Luxor.

The wigs are all human hair with added braided extensions in the back. They were coated with animal fats and bees. – truth teacher

2000 Year Old Mummy Still Has Natural Hair – Strawberricurls

This above is from the Brooklyn Museum. Your eyes & these artifacts don’t lie. Please visit your nearest Museum this holiday season.  – Sola

The Nile River In The Continent Of Africa

See how long and far down it goes. Civilizations were built near the Nile. 

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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.”

Ancient Egyptians often wore wigs and hair extensions to create the look of beautiful hair. They also served practical purposes, protecting people from the heat of the sun and head lice.

The hair was adorned with beads, lotus blossoms, gold tubes, ribbons, petals and berries. These decorations gave the head an ornate look, and the more money a person had the more they could spend on high-quality wigs, hairpieces and decorations.

The hair was often braided and dyed with henna.

Natural hair is coming back

Love the long curly hair below

The only way is EGYPT! 3,000-year-old remains of woman unearthed with 70 hair extensions tied in intricate layers

The pieces were elaborate creations, with one recently uncovered in an Egyptian coffin made up of 70 elaborate extensions fastened together.
Out of 100 skulls analysed, 28 still had hair. The type of hair ranged from curly black to light brown and curly, suggesting some ethnic diversity in the region. ‘It is also likely, however, that these hairstyles were used in everyday life as well and that the people in Amarna used hair extensions in their daily life.’


Ancient Egyptians used hair gel to style their locks in everyday life, researchers have found.

A study several years ago of male and female mummies has found fashion-conscious Egyptians made use of a fat-based product to keep their hair in place.

They used the styling gel on both long and short hair, tried to curl their hair with tongs and even plaited it in hair extensions to lengthen their tresses.

It is thought they used these methods in both life and death, with corpses being styled to make sure they looked good in the afterlife.

The incredible discovery was made by archaeological scientists who studied hair samples of 18 male and female mummies, aged from four to 58 years old.

Using light and electron microscopes, they found that nine of the mummies had coated their hair in the fatty substance, which is thought to be a beauty product.

Bizarrely, even in the artificially-preserved bodies the hair did not contain resins or embalming materials, suggesting the hair was styled separately to the mummification process.

Skulls with in tact hair often had curls around their ears, and many also had braids.

‘All braids found in the coiffures were simple and of three strands, mostly 0.4 inches wide, with strands of approximately 0.2 inches (5mm) when tightly braided,’ Ms Bos writes in the journal article.

People at Amarna also liked to keep their hair short. ‘Braids were often not more than 7.9 inches (20cm) long, leaving the hair at shoulder length approximately,’ Ms Bos added.

And it appears ancient Egyptian women used a similar technique to hide their greys. Some of the skulls shows evidence of a dye, possibly henna, used on hair.

3,000-year-old remains of woman unearthed with 70 hair …

I saw this video and I thought it was truthful and funny. Adanna & David are a married couple.

“You know that Adanna and I normally don’t make a big deal out of where we come from or our skin color, we just love each other and that’s beautiful and that’s how it’s supposed to be. On the other hand we also don’t want to deny our different cultural backgrounds, and that of course brings certain aspects to our relationship that in my view are very enriching and special.” – David


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