Some of today’s trendy hairstyles were conceived from world history. Women and men have valued their hair since the beginning of time. Let’s walk through a timeline of hairstyles that were unique to several different cultures and eras.
Shoulder-length hair was trendy for both men and women in Ancient Egypt. It was trendy for boys to shave their heads down and leave only one strand of hair. That one lock represented their youth. Girls often wore braids in their younger years.
Ancient Greek Times
Hair accessories such as headbands or flowers were a popular trend among the women of Ancient Greece. Men who weren’t currently in the military typically grew beards.
Ancient Roman Times
Wigs and toupees were common among Roman men and women. Added accessories such as jewels or pearls were a status symbol. Men were typically clean-shaven.
Ancient China and Africa
The man bun was the trend among Thai and Burmese boys. Chinese men and women wore long hair but the men often braided their hair. Japanese women had long locks that they would put up into buns by using hair sticks, combs, or flowers. Male tribal warriors wore braids and would color their hair. Most married African women would shave their heads.
Western European women would dye their locks blonde because blonde was perceived as being more beautiful.
Hygiene became a priority over hair and makeup. Slicked back hairstyles were popular among men and women in the 1800’s.
In modern times conformity isn’t as prevalent as it was in early world history. Hairstyles are less about status and more about preference. However, it is interesting to see where some of our current hairstyle trends originated.
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