.A geisha's hairstyle was created with wax; it took hours to melt, wash, wax and remold a new hairstyle. Young geishas were punished if they failed to sleep in absolute stillness. Stealing or using someone else's hair ornament was considered a literally filthy thing to do. Wisdom and ability were denoted by the simple styles used by older geisha.
'Oriental Beauty' ~~ "Remember, geisha are not courtesans. And we are not wives. We sell our skills, not our bodies. We create another secret world, a place only of beauty. The very word "geisha" means artist and to be a geisha is to be judged as a moving work of art."