.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.
Photo of an Onna-Bugeisha, female Samurai warrior of feudal Japan. 1800's. Samurai clans trained their daughters in the art of combat to either defend their homes when husbands went to war or for battle. Battle scene forensic have shown that up to 30% of remains are female. History doesn't mention these heroines.