Popular Trends in Hairstyles

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Published: 11th February 2008
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Hairstyle is simply defined as a style in which hair is cut and arranged. It is also termed as haircut and hairdo. Hairstyles have been forming an essential part of human personality reflecting the social, political and cultural trends since the history of mankind. They also reveal the custom, peculiarities and personal traits of different people.

From the beginning of time, men and women have cared for their hairs. No doubt women were always more possessive about their hairs and had a concept of beauty, adornment and attractiveness. The Ancient Egyptians were known for their attention to beauty and cleanliness. Since about the 4th century B.C they have used knives, hairpins and combs and later in the 3rd century B.C Egyptian women starting using hair extension and artistic wigs. Women there were more conscious about the length and thickness of their hairs. They believed that long and thick hairs look beautiful and add on to their personality.

Later in between the 1500 and 650 B.C, the Greeks developed their unique hairstyles and the most well known hairstyles n the 500 B.C. was the "Green Knot". The Greek women used to hold their hairs together and form a knot at the neck, called the Green Knot. Since then buns and knots were in fashion. In the same period Greeks also used saffron to lighten their hair.

Hairstyles were not only the concern for Greek women but the Greek men also had great concern for the same. Short and curly hairs for men were the most known hairstyle. New and various fashion trends came up and later between 500 B.C and 500 A.D the Romans added various adornment to their hairstyles. These decorations were made of gold, silver and ivory.

In the Middle Ages short, chin length and curly hairs became known. Then in the Modern Age, the Age at the front of fashion, trends and styles, hairstyles became more imaginative. Various hairstyles adorned with ribbons, gold, precious stones and pearls were becoming popular. In the Baroque and Biedermeier periods several hairstyles were disappeared along with the wigs. From 1850 onwards, with the advancement in technology more and more people started going to the hair dresser to bring a complete new look to their personality. In 1872 crimping, waves produced using a hot iron, were invented and were in trend for a long time. Even today crimping is the most preferred hairstyle for young girls. In the 20th century perm was invented, a hairstyle with a permanent wave. Thereafter new trends, fashion and technical possibilities brought in various other hairstyles to add to the human personality.

The most common and popular hairstyles of the 20th century includes layers, curls, perm, sedu, steps, bun, bob cut, short haircut , long hair and many more. Fashion is at the front today giving a wider way to different hairstyles for both men and women.

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