Lets consider more evidence if we can;
The Celtic tribes of England were written about by Ceasar but these negative things we must take with a grain of salt, as he wanted their land and he needed to justify his wishes to his people by making them sound uneducated and barbaric. The same way the Elite who control the Government today, does through media. The people there claim, on the strength of their oral tradition, to be aboriginal. They were immigrants of Belgic tribes and most of these people even retained their original tribal names. They have bronze and gold coins, iron ingots of fixed weights, imported copper and used tin as well. From these things we can tell that they were very educated people. These tribe had laws about everything and even thought it unlawful to eat geese, hares and fowl as they were to be raised for pleasure and amusement. He goes on to say how they wore skins, dye their bodies with woad, and have long hair but shave their entire bodies except head and upper lip. Long hair we know was worn by the freemen or commoners who owned land.
As for their hygiene, it was the Celts themselves who introduced soap to the Romans. The Celts bathed frequently and it is even written in the law books that their warriors bath prior to the evening meal along with clothing washing laws are detailed from nobles to common foster children. They even discuss brushing ones hair daily, fingernails and makeup. Some reports say they invented soap.
There was a burial site found where a Celt wore a Mohawk. others have been described as having scary white cones that stood up, much like the kids today with their gel. We also know they wore elaborate braiding styles especially on good occasions.
There have been numerous styles of hair ornaments were used;
1) Hollow golden balls worn worn at the ends a tress of hair just like we have beads today in the famouse Bo Derek look.
2) The mytholgies write about gold, silver, or bronze hair ribbons and circlets or fillets, some with gold plates that charioteers wore on their forehead.
3) Hair combs and Hair pins were also used. They were made of metal, bone, glass beads, stone gems, or horn. Metalwork adorned most all.
4) Women carried a comb bag with these cherished items. Some included razors and mirrors. Hairdressers or Barbers were wonderful and hired by Chieftains and Royalty.
Ancient England - Nigel Blundell and Kate Farrington.
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