Just like today, in Ancient Rome hairstyles became a person’s identity. Some simple hairstyles would be women wearing their hair down. They would use a band circling the head. Younger women wore bun at the base of the neck.
Emperor Augustus was the first emperor of the Roman Empire, reigning from 27 BC until his death in AD 14. In his time, detailed hairstyles came into play. Even then, women’s hair indicated how attractive and wealthy she was. The hairstyle determined a person’s wealth, status, gender and age.
In the Roman times, it was deemed more attractive to have outrageous hairstyles as that would indicate the hours she spent working on her hairstyle. This would deem how wealthy she was. Women would wear their hair down in ringlets or up in highly, sophisticated braids and knots.
What kind of hairpins would they wear?
Pearls and jeweled hair pins.
How about men? How would men wear their hair and beard?
Men’s hair and beard styles changed from era to era. In early Roman times, men would have long hair and full beards but it switched to them having short hair and clean-shaven faces. In year 1CE their hairstyles were short but they grew their bears. For instance, Julius Caeser’s hair began to go thin as he aged. He would wear a laurel crown because he had thinning hair. Thinning hair was a sign of degeneracy. The Emperors would set fashion trends. Another Emperor Nero wore curling hairs that framed his face. He started the trend for sideburns.
Roman times the more complex and outrageous her hairstyle the more attractive she was because she has spent hours perfecting her style which indicated her wealth. They would use false hair pieces like we do today to make their hair look thicker and longer. Women would either wear their hair down in ringlets or up in highly, sophisticated braids and knots. They decorated their hair mainly with pearls and jewelled hair pins. For men hair and bread styles varied.
In early Roman times, men would have long hair and full beards but this changed to them having short hair and clean-shaven faces. This changed again about 1CE as they kept the short hairstyle but grew their beards. Caesar’s hair began to go thin in his later days in which he would wear a laurel crown to hide this as it was a sign of degeneracy. To contrast the Emperor Nero wore curling hairs that framed his face and later started the trend for sideburns.
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