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Ancient Egyptians used hair gel

An analysis of an Egyptian mummies hair shows that a fat-based product was used to hold their hair styles in place.

McCreesh thinks that the fatty coating is a styling product that was used to set hair in place. It was found on both natural and artificial mummies, so she believes that it was a beauty product during life as well as a key part of the mummification process.

The resins and embalming materials used to prepare the artificially mummified bodies were not found in the hair samples, suggesting that the hair was protected during embalming and then styled separately.

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Story: Jo Marchant, Nature News | Photo: P. Landmann, Getty Images

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