Ancient Roman Hairstyles
By Cate Shaunessy
Welcome to your crash course in Roman Hairstyles, abridged to only the interesting facts
*Was long before 300BC, then went short after barbers became popular
*Full heads of hair were prized
*Hairstyle trends followed the Emperor's style
*Nero made curls and sideburns fashionable
*Hadrain popularized the shirt beard
*Constantine had false hair in a variety of colors, that was perfumed, leading to the growing use of wigs that did not necessarily match the wearer's hair.
*Originally very simple
*Braids and twists were very commonly used
*Became elaborate in the Augustine Era
*Status of wealth and power, the bigger the better
*Flavian Era brought along rows of false curls
*Majority of hair styles were designed to work on uncut, or improperly cut hair
*Hair was grown very long, especially for use in some of the more intricate styles
Accessories & Tools
*Used the ancient equivalents of modern day combs, pins, curling wands, headbands, hair nets, and dyes
*Adorned their hair with gems, pearl, gold, ribbon, and wigs, especially made of blonde German hair (which was highly prized) or black Indian hair.
*Created a variety of combs and brushes
*Needle and thread were used all the time
Special Hair Styles
Seni Crines- worn by Vestal Virgins and Brides, symbolized chastity and purity, always shown veiled.
Credit- Janet Stephens, Archeological Hairdresser