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[*] posted on 7-11-2010 at 10:28 AM
Historical hair-dye


Anyone that knows about historical hair-dyes? I am looking for something that will dye hair dark, preferably some plant/herb dye that could have been found in Europe before the Renaissance. Well, preferably before 1200, but it is a fantasy-setting, so I am not too picky on the year as long as it is mediaeval-ish or earlier. Place I am more picky on - the geography should roughly correspond to southern Europe.



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[*] posted on 7-11-2010 at 10:44 AM


I know some types of henna/indigo can dye hair as dark as very near black :) (I used to hang around on some natural hair care communities over at livejournal)... However, I don't know whether that was around during medieval times, let alone in Europe... but maybe by trading? ^_~



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[*] posted on 7-11-2010 at 11:03 AM


Thanks!

Henna is very old, and I think it might have been used in Egypt at least. That is near enough that it could have made its way there by trade. Thanks, it is a very good option if I do not find any indigenous plants, which would suit my story better, but I need the hair dyed, so skipping it is not an option ;)




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