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Hair Facts: 50 Facts About Hairstyles from Ancient Times To Today

All the facts about hairstyles you were looking for.

You arrived at the right page if you are searching for facts about hairstyles throughout history. We rounded up the fun and exciting hair and hairstyling statistics for you. Some of these facts are still relevant today, and we still wear the same hairstyles. Keep reading to learn all about them.

Facts About Hairstyles: Past, Present, and Future

1. Social class, age, ethnicity, race, and genetics determined hairstyles throughout history up to the late 20th century.

2. In ancient Egypt, 4000-300BC, males, and females wore long straight hair and braids with elaborate headdresses.

3. Wigs were common in ancient Egypt in the years 4000-300BC.

4. In ancient Greece, during the years1500-150BC, long knotted long hair and updos were hairstyles for females.

5. In ancient Greece, males and females decorated their hair with crowns made of leaves, such as laurel wreaths.

6. In ancient Greece, women decorated their updos with jewels.

7. In ancient Rome, 500 BC–500AD, males and females wore blonde hair dyed with gold powder.

8. In ancient Rome, during the same period, males and females curled their hair with the help of ancient curling tongs.

9. In the Dark Ages, noblewomen wore headdresses and covered hair.

10. Unmarried women in the Dark Aged wore a fillet, a narrow headband over a wimple.

11. During the Romantic era, noblewomen’s preferred hairstyle was loose curls.

12. Lower-class women of the Romantic era wore their hair in a page boy style, short or mid-length.

13. Women in the Gothic period covered their headdresses, bonnets, hats, or hoods.

14. In the Renaissance era, women decorated their hair with ribbons, pearls, and precious stones.

15. During the Baroque period, women wore their hair with voluminous updos.

16. Wigs make an appearance in the 1700s for men and women.

17. In the Victorian era, 1837-1860, women covered their ears with curls or braids.

18. In the Art Nouveau period, 1890-1910, women wore more relaxed updos decorated with ribbons and delicate headdresses.

19. In the 1920s, short hairstyles for women became popular.

20. During the 1920s, the rave was about simple and sleek hairstyles.

21. The cloche hat became a must-hair accessory for women of the 1920s.

22. The iconic 1920s finger waves were embellished with bejeweled combs and delicate headdresses.

23. Side-swept, thick wavy hair and pencil-thin eyebrows were the hairstyle of choice for women of the 1930s.

24. Victory rolls and headscarves became the hairstyle of choice of women of the 1940s.

25. Structured hairstyles with volume became the staple for women of the 1950s.

26. In the 1950s, headscarves, and bands became a fashion accessories rather than a necessity.

27. In the 1960s, asymmetric, bouffant, bobs, beehives, and long, straight hairstyles adorned with flowers became popular.

28. 1970s hair was voluminous with layers and a center parting.

29. Punk hair with spikes and multicolored mohawks make an appearance in the 1970s.

30. The 1980s hairstyles were about volume, bangs, fringes, and textures.

31. The 1990s were all about simple hairstyles celebrating all hair textures.

32. In the 2000s, hair has become a symbol of identity and self-expression without rules and norms.

Fun Facts About Hairstyles

33. Keratin is the main component of hair.

34. A hair strand is stronger than a copper wire of the same diameter.

35. Before the 1920s, women never cut their hair.

36. Short hairstyles such as the bob and the Eton Crop became symbolic of the 1920s.

37. In the 1940s, women’s hair and hairstyles became practical due to the World War.

38. Headscarves were worn to keep dust and grime out of the hair of working women of the 1940s.

39. Hair salons and hairdressers started in the 1950s, and women moved from doing their own hair at home to the salon.

40. The afro became a symbol of power during the 1960s.

41. Hair colors and dyes became mainstream and a staple of self-expression during the hippie era of the 1960s.

42. Hairspray became a household personal care item in the 1960s.

43. Straight, blown-out hair became popular during the 1970s.

44. Big and eccentric rock n roll hairstyles became the norm in the 1980s.

45. The Rachel became the symbolic hairstyle of the 1990s based on the popular character of the TV show Friends.

46. Androgynous hairstyles became popular in the 2000s.

47. Festival hair became a hair category in the 2000s.

48. Pinterest became the chosen social media platform for hair inspiration in the late 2000s.

49. Retro styles are very popular today.

50. Women today choose to let their grays grow naturally and make them part of their hairstyle.

Sources: NIH, Bellatory, Kiddle, MedScape, thelovepost, allwomenstalk, hairclub.

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