Allure Daily Beauty Reporter: Crunchy Curls Are Officially Old-School

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With the fall season officially here, you may be tempted to switch up your straight style for a whole new look—but coveting perfectly coiffed curls might be a little old—as in ancient.

According to the Journal of Archaeological Science, ancient Egyptians extensively styled their hair. “One of the mummies had quite short hair and we joked she looked like Marilyn Monroe. Some others had longer curly hair, a little bit like Rihanna,” lead scientist Dr. Natalie McCreesh told the Daily Telegraph.

The study found that both males and females used a fat-based hair product much like styling gel, to hold their hair in place. Examining 18 mummies, believed to be between 3,500 and 2,300 years old, the scientists found a variety of hairstyles and cuts. The women curled their hair with tongs and even braided in hair extensions, while the men had their parted hair slicked down with this makeshift gel. “Under the microscope we could see the fat was used specifically on the curls, to hold them in place—just like people would now,” said McCreesh. But have hairstyles really changed so little from 3,500 years ago?

With all the hair products now on the shelves, this lacquered-up look would not necessarily swing these days. It could even be argued that hair gel itself can be dismissed as a prehistoric hair product, reserved for Jersey Shore dwellers and the like. The best looking curls for right now are smooth and beachy, created with styling products that are neither greasy nor crunchy. My current favorite: Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Calming Creme for defined waves that are still plenty touchable.

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