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Egyptian wigs

Most Egyptian men were clean- shaven and kept their hair fairly short, although some noblemen had longer hair. In the early periods, women usually had a chin-length bob, but by the time of the New Kingdom noblewomen wore their hair long.These long tresses were sometimes worn loose and sometimes curled and braided.

Egyptian hairstyles

Noblewomen liked to decorate their hair with flowers, beads, and ribbons.Pharaohs and nobles often shaved their heads and wore elaborate wigs. Less wealthy people also wore wigs, but only for special occasions. Egyptian wigs could be amazingly elaborate, with lots of braids and curls. Some wigs had ornaments hung over them, or were decorated with beads and jewels.The best wigs were made from real hair, but there were also cheaper ones made from black  wool.

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