Roman hairstyles

Womens hair

In the first century CE, women’s hairstyles were elaborate and varied.  There is much evidence that women dyed their hair and/or purchased hair for use in wigs. The blonde hair of dead Germanic tribespeople was highly prized, and so there was a market trading this blonde hair for use in Roman women’s wigs (Laver, p. 9).  Roman women spent money dying their hair and trying to avoid going grey, just like they do today (Balsdon, p. 258).  Women wore their hair fastened back, sometimes bound with strips of wool (Balsdon, p. 255).  During this time period, women’s hair styles changed fashion quickly.  Below are some useful videos that can help get you started with creating an authentic hairstyle.

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Last updated: 20 August 2017