Ancient Greek Hairstyles


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Ancient Greek hairstyles were a result of a highly successful and organized society. As well as being educated and technologically advanced, the ancient Greeks had many servants.

In those days, Greece (specifically Athens), was a conquering nation, whose citizens had the luxury of slaves and servants. Where the lower class women likely kept their hair simple and functional, the wives of the ruling classes had the time and resources to prepare themselves for the many banquets and official events. For that matter, the meal of every day would likely have been in a banquent hall. To maintain their status worthy of respect, both lords and ladies had to look their best, like any woman in any period of time.

Records exist of their images from many forms - heads of goddesses on their coinage, to painted images on pottery, as well as sculptures. Unlike the ancient Romans who left images of women that appeared very man-like in their facial features, ancient Greek women seemed much more feminine and had a vast range of complex hairdos.

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This small collection of images that have survived time give a demonstration of the range of women's hairstyles in the world of ancient Greece. Many of the styles were short and we don't see the long flowing tresses of the modern age. There were mostly braided styles and little indication of bangs, pony tails, or other kinds of extensions. When hair was shown longer, it was bound into braids, and allowed to frame the face. For the most part hair was very functional, though ornate. Warrior women existed, at least in mythology. For them, long hair in battles would have been a great disadvantage. The hair was neat, proper, and held by pins and other devices, many of which have been found in tombs and archaeological sites. These images, then, are a sampling of what the higher class lady of ancient Greece may have appeared like. The artists, when representing goddesses, had a living models from which to base their representation, as a result, there was no one stand appearance for any significant female goddess.


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