Medieval times were more known for what the women didn't show than what
they did. Many times the caps and headdresses of women concealed the
hair completely, though often with only a hint of well-groomed hair
peaking from the edges.
Medieval braiding became the standard for having your hair done. There
was the three-strand braid, the four-strand braid, the twist-and-cross,
and the weaving style. These were the realm of the nobility and the
wives of men of means. Expert hairdressers were required, but after all
was done, most of the artistic features were cowled under caps and head
pieces, almost as if the woman of the middle ages wanted to feel
feminine and attractive, but was too afraid to show it to the outside
world. As a youth, she still had to attract a member of the opposite
sex. But as many well-to-do families were eager to control a daughter's
choice of husband because of its financial benefit to the family,
arranged marriages were common, so the need to display one's feminine
attributes, particularly the hair, was unnecessary.
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