Many of us had at least one experience with hair dye. It doesn’t matter if you did it in the bathroom sink or at a hair salon, we tried it by ourselves at least once by now. There are more sophisticated kinds of hair dye every day but they can also be very expensive.
In 1800, French chemists discovered a hair-color-changing substance by accident. Before that, there wasn’t actually a way to color your hair. But, people didn’t stop trying different techniques to get the result in the end.
Some of the techniques are pretty dangerous while some other are rather… confusing, to say the least. One thing is for sure though, you will appreciate the age you live in.
1. Henna In Ancient Egypt
Ancient Egyptians came to this legendary invention where henna was also used to darken gray hair. They also shaved their heads and put wigs, also dyed with henna.
Now, in the western world, henna is used for something completely different. Temporary tattoos.
2. Fermented Leeches In Ancient Greece
In Ancient Greece they founded the most effective permanent formula for your hair: leeches fermented in lead vessels.
3. Sulfuric Acid In Renaissance Europe
During the Renaissance, they try a substance called Oyle of Vitrioll to lighten and transform their hair. It is also mentioned in a book named Delightes for Ladies that the substance should be kept away from the skin because it’s sulfuric acid. Are you glad you live in a time of L’Oreal Mousse?
Source:Flickr / callmekato
4. Ashes And Nuts In Ancient Rome
In Ancient Rome there existed a law that all the prostitutes had to have blonde hair. If one doesn’t have blonde hair, she should make a wig or color her hair with the ashes of burned plants and nuts. Weird, eh?
5. Gold Flakes In Wealthier Ancient Rome
Emperor Commodus is said to have powdered his white hair with actual gold flakes.
6. Volcanic Rock In The Maasai Tribe
The Maasai people in Kenya colored their hair red to look more fearsome. They achieved the color by using natural pigments of volcanic rock, mixed with animal fat to make a paint-like texture. It’s pretty amazing and they probably did look fearsome, because The Massai people still exist.
Source:Flickr / Karen Blixen
7. Horse Urine In Medieval Times
Women who wanted to lighten their hair sometimes used horse urine. Not very clever.
8. Saffron And Sulfur Dye In The Elizabethan Era
When Queen Elizabeth I first came into power, her red hair became very popular. A lot of ladies tried to copy her hair color by making a mixture of saffron and sulfur. This mixture had a terrible smell.
Source:Wikipedia / George Gower
9. Goat Fat In Viking Times
In the Viking age, men were the ones who mostly colored their hair. They used a strong soap made with goat fat and ashes..
Source:Pixabay / Alseeger
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