Mummy analysis finds that fat-based product held styles in place.
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McCreesh, N. C., Gize, A. P. & David, A. R. J. Archaeol. Sci. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2011.08.004 (2011).
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Marchant, J. Ancient Egyptians used 'hair gel'. Nature (2011). https://doi.org/10.1038/news.2011.487