Ancient Roman Hairstyles
Roman hairstyles are characterized by being intensively elaborate.
Although young girls might merely gather their hair into a bun at the
back or form it into a coiled knot at the top of the head, the hairstyles
of the married upper class were more involved. First, they followed the
Etruscan style of tying their hair tightly with ribbons at the crown of
the head. This changed to hair arranged in layers, with an abundance of
ringlets falling to the sides. Assisted by expert hairdressers and
augmented with false hair and wigs, the Roman women spent much time and
effort on their tresses. They even had hair dyes and bleaches. Using
polished metal in place of mirrors, Roman women would often dye their
hair a golden-red, adding to the thickness and length with hairpieces,
and holding it together with jeweled hairpins.
Mechanical devices assisted with the creations and including wire
supports, hairnets, hairpins and even curling irons and holding
solutions such as gum arabic. Wigs were created from the blonde hair of
captive Germans and Celts.
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