Ancient Greek Hairstyles
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.
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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