If you thought it was hard to take care of your hair today, consider what our ancestors did to care for their hair. In the past women had little to no resources, compared to what we have easily accessible today. When you consider the amount of washing, dry shampooing, heat styling, gym sweat, and messy buns, we make our hair endure we should never take for granted how easy hair are can be.
1. Women Rarely Let Their Hair Down
How often do you wash your hair? Once every two days. Twice a week? What if you washed your hair less than every month? Women of the 19th century washed their hair hardly ever, less than once a month in most cases. I’m sure your mind is boggled, considering that probably by day 5 we all look like slicked down grease balls. Women in the past would brush their hair every evening, to remove and distribute hair oils to keep it from being concentrated at the roots. This was also usually the only time their hair was let down ever. Imagine never getting to let your hair down and relax. Hair soaps used to be super harsh because they were all lye based. In a society were we are constantly being warned to not use lye based soap to protect our hair, we have access to soaps that are better suitable for our hair. What if all we had access to was lye based cleaners? The once a month washing doesn’t seems so awful, considering how badly it would strip your hair.
2. Hair Was Tied To Social Status
Hair used to be typically tied to social status. When we think this way we considered, oh they had access to water to bath more, or have someone do their hair. In the 19th century this was not the case. Hair being linked to social class/status was because they had more money to purchase hair ornaments. This would be things such as hair jewelry, scented oils, items to make their hair fuller, or wigs.
3. Natural Hair Care Ruled
Natural hair care remedies used to be widely popular, as early as the 7th century women in old India would us a combination of honey and purified butter, called ghee to condition their locks. Almond oil and coconut oil were widely used as well. Egyptians were known to color their hair with henna, as well as wear wigs on a regular basis. They were also knowledgeable on what herbs could supposedly treat baldness. These natural remedies like the coconut oil were all that were typically needed in addition to occasional, or more like seasonal cleansing. It wasn’t until modern shampoo came out round 1920, that we began needing conditioners.
4. The Romans Invented The Curling Iron
Ancient Greeks are credited for the very first barber shops, that were responsible for not only hair grooming, but shaving, and blood letting. Many believed, by using leeches, they could detox their bodies from any toxins. We can’t forget that Romans, who are responsible for what we know today as the curling iron. Most and many hair styles we have today are derivatives of some earlier century Roman hair style. They like so many others, began to seek out light colored hair. Early Romans used a form of hydrogen peroxide to lighten their locks.
5. We Can Learn From History About Herbs and Hair Care
Some hair tricks were worthy of remembering while others were not. Some women before the medieval times would wash their hair with nettle infused water, rosemary, mint, thyme, and vinegar. A great cleansing concoction, considering the time, especially since it had no lye. Other hair remedies were not so great. During med evil times and durning the Renaissance, women would use lizards in their hair remedies. This was a popular and consistent ingredient for some time.
Since hair care has become, progressively more of a concern over the years, we can be thankful that we no longer have lizards, as an ingredient in our hair care products and be happy we can wash our hair more than once every other month. We have progressed so far within the hair industry, learning what is the very best for your hair. It will be a surprise to see in the future, what sticks like the use of coconut oil, and what doesn’t like lye and lizards.