Not all of the Egyptian's grand hairstyles were real. Men and women wore
hairpieces and more commonly, wigs! The wigs were made of sheep wool or
human hair and had vegetable fiber padding. The wigs were often long and
heavy, and usually worn at festivals and parties. They often wore the hairpieces
just to enhance their hair.
But the Egyptians did take care of their hair, when it was real. They hired fancy hairdressers, who washed and scented their hair. Sometimes they lightened their hair with henna, and when they began to grow gray-haired, they rushed to the doctor, who prescribed a treatment (often including oxen feet and other nasty things) to keep their hair black. Common folk simply wore their hair short. Girls wore their hair in pigtails.a lock of hair worn at the side of their head. This style was called the sidelock of youth, which was worn by the god Horus when he was an infant. They grew the lock out when they reached their teens.
Well, I need to get going. Some guy just burst into my house begging for an ox-foot prescription to keep his hair black!