Most people in Egypt bathed daily,
because cleaning was very important to the Ancient Egyptians. Instead of
soap like in modern day America, the ancient Egyptians used a cream made
from oil, lime, and perfume.
Most Egyptians also wore make-up,
including the children. The Egyptians believed make-up magical and that
it even contained healing powers! An example of Egyptian make-up is an
eye paint made from green malachite and galena. These were ground up and
mixed with oil. The Egyptians called this eye paint Kohl. Kohl was applied
to eyes with a small stick that made it look like their eyes stretched
to the side of their head. Kohl was used to battle eye infections and to
reduce the glare of the Sun.
Common folk wore their hair short.
Young girls kept their hair in pigtails, while young boys shaved their
heads except for one braided lock worn to the side. Egyptians kept their
hair short so that their heads wouldn't get overheated in the extreme heat
Wigs, too, were worn in Egypt by
men and women. They were made of sheep's wool and were worn for decoration
and for protection of the Sun.
All Egyptians wore some form of
jewelry. Some were believed to ward off spirits and injuries, like amulets
and rings. Both male and female Egyptians wore earrings, armlets, bracelets,