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Bronze hair curling tongs and trimmer, Egyptian, c 575 BC-1194 BC.

The ancient Egyptians were very conscious of their personal appearance and followed a regime of applying fragrant oils to their skin and hair, and applying make-up to their eyes and mouths. Eye make-up was usually black or green and acted as a fashion statement as well as preventing sand and dust from the desert getting into their eyes. The oils they used prevented chafing from the desert wind and also provided a scent. Unshaven men were deemed unclean and so a process of removing hair using tweezers was commonplace. The wealthier ancient Egyptians also wore wigs constructed from human hair.

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