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The History of Hairstyles

THE HISTORY OF HAIRSTYLES PALEOLITHIC The earliest evidence of hairstyling can be seen in the Woman of Willendorf, a Paleolithic figurine with braided hair THE VEDIC AGE The Caste system decided how men and women could wear their hair. Women of a higher caste were allowed to wear ornaments made of gems and j hair. For Men, the tradition was to shave the whole head except for a strand at the back or side s in their ANCIENT EGYPT Women shaved their heads and then ANCIENT GREECE replaced it with long, dyed wigs adorned with gold ornaments and ivory. Men wore long wigs and false beards made of real hair or wool Women would wear their hair long, pulled into a chignon and often dyed red with henna or sprinkled with gold powder. Beards were popular throughout Ancient Greece and men wore their hair long, often with a natural curl ANCIENT ROME Roman women marked their status MEDIEVAL with elaborate hairstyles. This often included hair braided and piled high on the head, with false curls to increase the height. Trends for men were set by the Emperor. During the reign of the Roman Empire, curls, sideburns, short beards and wigs were all popular It was considered a sin to cut their hair, so women's hair was grown long and then braided and covered with a veil, barbette or hood. The pageboy style was very popular with men. Pope Gregory VII banned beards and moustaches RENAISSANCE Natural hair was considered lowly and the Romans thought it showed a lack of culture With the Catholic Church loosening its grip, women could start to expose their hair. Tall hairstyles which emphasized the forehead were popular during this time. Men could again choose to wear a beard or moustache, and hair was worn long, often ending at the nape of the neck ELIZABETHAN QING DYNASTY Women wore their hair tall and Hair was elaborately decorated with fresh flowers and hairpins made of gold, silver and emeralds. Men wore their hair scraped back and braided, while the forehead was shaved adorned with jewels, influenced by Queen Elizabeth I's iconic red hair. Wigs and beards were a big deal, and were molded into incredible shapes and held in place with oils, pomades and starch VICTORIAN Women would often grow their hair down to the floor, but as it wasn't considered proper to wear the hair loose, it was then braided and wound into elaborate, towering styles. Moustaches, beards and sideburns were common in various combinations, and nearly always shaped or groomed with waxes and oils FIRST WORLD WAR With the arrival of the first electric curling tong, the Marcel wave gained in popularity. The war prompted men to move towards a clean shaven and uniform look. Hair was kept short and slicked back INTERWAR Finger curls and elegant waves were popular, and the bob made its first appearance, Hair was worn 'high and tight', a variation of the short back and sides. The sides were shaved and the longer top part was slicked back SECOND WORLD WAR The arrival of the Gillette safety razor meant that men could commit to a clean-shaven face every day The war brought women into the workforce, so hairstyles had to be often pinned to the head in curls and covered with a headscarf. Military service shaped fashions, as regulations forced men to cut their hair short. Slicked back hair was topped with a hat for the height of sophistication more practi Hair POSTWAR The 60s were a time of self-expression. Hairstyles varied from sky-high beehives to natural boho waves. The pixie crop made its first appearance, popularised by Twiggy. Men looked to musicians for inspirations, with The Beatles pioneering the mop-top look, while others looked to Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley for rockabilly inspiration 1970s The 70s was the decade of the blowdry. Hair was worn down, feathered around the face and blow 1980s dried until big. With the rise of punk came the iconic mohawk, not for the faint-hearted The perm took hold in the 80s, for men and women. The bigger the better! Although the infamous style can be seen as far back as the Aztecs and the Vikings, the modern mullet found its groove in the 80s, offering a multi-tasking hairstyle option for the style-conscious man 1990s 2000s Perms were grown out and a more natural look was adopted. As grunge reached its peak in the early 90s, more and more men opted for dishevelled, neglected hairstyles Chunky highlights of red, blonde and light brown were very popular during this time. The 'lob', a long bob was also popular. Men embraced the hair dye in the early 00s, opting for frosted tips and blonde highlights. This was often shaped into spikes or a faux-hawk with an abundance of styling product 2010s Since the start of the decade, women have opted for natural styles of varying lengths, with no one dominant style. The revival of austerity culture has resulted in men adopting hairstyle reminiscent of the 1920s-50s, including the short back and sides Sources ROWN CLINIC PROFESSIONALS YOU CAN TRUST

The History of Hairstyles

shared by LauraHowarth on Apr 30
In time for Hairstyle Appreciation Day on 29th April, we created this infographic looking at the history of hairstyles, from the Paleolithic era to the present day.


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