Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|Wigs have been around since ancient times. They were created using a variety of materials. What ancient civilization adopted the practice of wearing wigs?||A Hair Raising Quiz
Egyptians. 5,000 years ago, Egyptians would shave their heads to prevent bugs from inhabiting their hair. In order to protect their bald heads from the sun, they created wigs. Wigs were made from human hair taken from slaves or dead people and stiffened with beeswax. Sometimes sheep's wool or palm leaves were used. The most popular colors were red and black. The red color was derived from dried henna leaves mixed with cow's blood. Those who could afford it would sprinkle their wigs with real gold dust. Kings wore fake beards and, believe it or not, so did the queens!
|Back in 1974, Olympic champion figure-skater, Dorothy Hamill, asked her hairdresser to create a style that would keep the hair out of her eyes as she skated. That hairdresser came up with a style that women everywhere copied. Dorothy's hairstyle was called the what?||A Hair Raising Quiz
wedge. The wedge style was actually a version of the five-point geometric cut invented in 1964 at the London salon of famed hairstylist Vidal Sassoon. The style was clean, neat, and low maintenance, ideal for an Olympic figure-skater.
|Barbers in ancient times were held in high regard in society. During the Middle Ages, barbers didn't just cut hair or shave facial hair. They were also known to perform what?||A Hair Raising Quiz
surgery. Barbers were surgeons as well as dentists. The barber was really a jack-of-all-trades. In addition to his everyday duties, he was known to perform bloodletting and leeching. When asked to extract teeth, he was the go-to guy. The barber pole itself has an interesting history. Since barbers performed bloodletting, the alternating red and white spirals on the poles represented bandages. The red spirals represented bandages wrapped around the arm before bleeding, the white represented the arm after the bloodletting was over. The barber poles basically acted as advertisement for the barber, especially when they started placing them in front of the barbershop.
|Big hair is not a new concept. Back In Versailles, France around 1785, the Queen of France and women in her court must have had a lot of time on their hands. They'd affix a "rat"(a wire form)several feet over their heads and decorate it. This Queen of France was later beheaded. Who was she?
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Marie Anoinette. The "rats" were padded with cloth or horsehair and held together with lard dusted with potato flour. Then items were glued in. Imagine a birdcage with live birds sitting on your head or a model of a ship? The hair would stay in place for months. When a woman's head started to itch, she'd insert a scratcher with a long handle inside the "rat" to alleviate the itching. Of course, the beheaded Marie Antoinette didn't have long to worry about an itchy scalp.
|Trendy Renaissance women had a really unusual way to lighten their hair. If they wanted to become blond, they'd mix a very expensive spice with lye and sit under the sun all day in a hat that exposed their hair to the sun. What yellow spice would they have used?||A Hair Raising Quiz
saffron. Before 1500, the desire to become blond reversed a trend from the earlier days of the Roman Empire. Only ladies of ill repute had blond hair back then. When Rome began importing slaves from northern Europe, making wigs from blond hair suddenly made blondness acceptable again.
|If you think some of the hair products today smell bad, imagine what your hair would have smelled like 2,400 years ago in Greece! In order to help cure his baldness, which well-known Greek philosopher rubbed goat pee on his scalp?||A Hair Raising Quiz
Aristotle. Aristotle's formula for curing baldness is practically fragrant compared to what Hippocrates used. Hippocrates anointed his scalp with a homemade brew of opium, wine, green olive oil, horseradish, and pigeon poop. I wonder if he had trouble finding dates?
|At the turn of the twentieth century, a young African-American woman was unhappy about her thinning hair. She decided to do something about it. She created a shampoo and ointment specifically designed to soothe the scalp and increase hair growth. She named her company Madame C.J. Walker. What was her real name?||A Hair Raising Quiz
Sarah Breedlove. Hair loss was common for many women at this time. Women bathed infrequently due to the lack of indoor plumbing and heating and as a result developed scalp diseases. Sarah traveled door-to-door across America and marketed her hair products under the name Madame C.J. Walker. Not only was Sarah an entrepreneur, she was also a philanthropist. She helped other African-American women to start businesses of their own. Sarah Breedlove became one of the first African-American millionaires in history.
|In Paris, France during the 1920s, a hairdresser dyed his hair and that of his dog a lilac shade. He became quite trendsetting and the fashionable elite and celebrities of that time made use of his services. His real name was Antoni Cierplikowski. By what name was he known in Paris?||A Hair Raising Quiz
Monsieur Antoine. Monsieur Antoine was originally from Poland and changed his name to one a little more pronounceable. He became the first celebrity hairstylist. In 1909 he began creating the bob(still popular today) and later introduced the shingle cut, popular with flappers. In 1924, Monsieur Antoine opened an exclusive salon at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City.
|In the U.S. during the early 1960s, before young women ironed their hair, this hair style became quite popular. Women teased their hair until it resembled a stack. Then they used liberal amounts of hairspray to keep the stack in place. By what name was this hairdo called?||A Hair Raising Quiz
Beehive. The beehive hairdo was a variation of the bouffant style of the 1950s. The bouffant was tall and wide with the ends flipped up or down. If you've seen the musical "Hairspray" you have an idea of what the bouffant looked like. The beehive style was not as wide and more piled on top, like a stack. It took a lot of hairspray to keep those hairstyles looking their best. In fact, in 1964, hairspray was the top-selling beauty product in America.
|In 1964 the Beatles came to the U.S. from their native England. Their music became all the rage. So did their hairstyle. That inverted bowl cut was called what?||A Hair Raising Quiz
mop-top. If you look at photos of other rock bands from this time period, many copied the mop-top look. After all, it was the British Invasion and everybody wanted to look like the Beatles. Herman's Hermits and the Dave Clark Five, for example, sported versions of the mop-top.
Thor. Thor is also the god of oak trees, strength and the protection of mankind.
Titian. Titian (BD C1488/1490-1576), aka Tiziano Vecelli or Tiziano Vecello is the one. He was an Italian painter, a member of the Venetian school. He was considered a very versatile artist by his contemporaries, being comfortable in painting many different subject matters. The color Titian is described as reddish-brown. This information is from Wikipedia.
They need greater amounts than other hair colors. Several studies have shown that redheads need, on average, 20% more anesthetic than other hair colors. There is also evidence that redheads have a greater sensitivity to thermal pain but can tolerate pain from multiple sources better.
Blondes. Blondes typically have, on average 120,000-140,000, Brunettes have 100,000-108,000 and Redheads 80,000-90,000 strands.
Skin cancer. Because of their fair skin, they are more likely to burn, which predisposes them to developing skin cancer. In addition, their fair skin also provides less protection from ultraviolet rays than someone with darker colored skin, and ultraviolet rays are the ones that cause skin cancer.
United States of America. According to Wikipedia, 2-6% of the US population has red hair. This means that there are approximately 6-18 million in the US, compared to 650,000 in Scotland. Scotland does have the largest percentage of redheads in their population, which is estimated at 13%.