‘Life isn’t perfect buy your hair can be’

When you look your old photos do you realize how you wore your hair?

Your hair that speaks to what year it was because your old photo will immediately reveal the year. A few years ago ombre was in fashion and many girls tried ombre style. I was the one of them 🙂

Hairstyle is important for women. Thanks to instagram, we are able to reach hairstyle trends in the world.  Today I would like to look back at some of the hairstyles in the history.

Ancient Times

The oldest hairstyle, braiding dates back 30.000 years. In ancient times, women were paying attention to their hair and It dressed elaborately in special ways.

They were setting hair in curls and waves. Women were using wet clay as a curling iron.

Ancient Egyptian Hair History

Appearance was very important for ancient Egyptians. It had a political and society significance. Like today, Egyptian hairstyles had variety of gender, social status and age.

Young girls were wearing ponytail styles orhair in plaits. Young girl dancers were wearing long thich braided ponytails.

The rich women also were wearing wigs. Sometimes their long hair was curly or adored and occasionally adorned with gold strands, ribbons and jewelry.

Middle Ages

Between 27 BC and 102 AD Roman women hair were in a mass of curls on top or in waves or drawn back into braids. Noblewomen had hairstylists for daily hair attention.

They were using sodium bicarbonate and wood ash for hair lightining and leeches and copper fillings for dark hair.

In Byzantine Empire, noblewomen covered their hair with pearl nets and silk caps.

In Roman Empire time, women had a long hair naturally. It was tied up on the head and sometimes covered on occasions when outside the home with a veil or snood because uncovered hair in streets was resticted to prostitutes.

In 16th century, women began to wear hair in ornate styles such as decorated with jewelry and veils. They used lacing tecnique which cords were used to bind the hair around the head. During 16th century, women’s hair was braided under wimples.

Elizabeth I Time

European women’s hairstyle began to change and their hair became more visible. Red hair was popular in England during Elizabeth I time. Noblewomen used saffron and sulfur powder to dye in red color.

During this period, in Latin culture and Spain women were wearing lace mantillas and often worn a high comb.

In Argentina, they developed a large tortoise- sheel hair combs called peineton.

In 17th Century

Marie Antoinette was also icon in hairstyle trend. She used decorated, powdered wigs. Her hair was taking several hours to decorate and created new profession: hairdresser.


Women won rights such as right to vote and flapper dresses. They threw off their corsets and enjoyed the freedom. They started to change their hairstyles such as bob hairstyle.

In 1930’s and 1940’s

The perm tecnique was successfully introduced to women for feminize their bobs.

Women styled their hair in different styles including romantic curls and half updos. Vivien Leigh hairstyle became inspiration of women.

There was a war and women couldn’t have the money for clothes but they glamorize their hair.


Soft curls took dramatic direction and became signature style in the 1950s. Velvet curl included which known as  a classic look in old Hollywood.

Big bouffant styles was introduced in 1950s. It was backcombing hair to add extreme volume at the top and back of the head.


Afro hair styles took over 1970s. Many women try on their own.

In 1990’s

1990’s offered many tones and hairstyles curly, long  and short. Jennifer Aniston as a Rachel from Friends was a icon with shoulder grazing look and a chunky highlights.

21h Century

Today there are a mix of previous styles from beach waves to Afro hairstyles.