medieval hair gel?
- Anyone know what medieval ladies may have used to help
shape or stiffen their hair? Egg whites? A scented
mixture of wax and oil? (Those are the only things I
could think of.)
The look I'm trying to recreate is from 11th - 13th
century al-Andalus; the ladies had a lock of hair
curling against either cheek, and the only way I can
get my straight, smooth hair to do that is with hair
gel. There are some links to pictures of the look I
am talking about at
- scroll down to the August 2, 2005 entry.
Though I'm mostly interested in al-Andalus, I'd be
interested in hearing about other times and places
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- Lyle wrote:
>Rice or wheat starch would probobly also work. I suggest trying Asian grocery stores for starch, as they usually carry all sorts.
> What if you're from a pre-potato culture?
I must confess that I often use potato starch. In my experience "starch is starch" in terms of stiffening properties, but potato starch tends to be less itchy.
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