A Short History of Female Hairstyles Through The Ages

Have you ever considered where female hairstyles came from? Historically, hair styling, treatments and enhancements have been around, well … “forever”. No one really knows for sure when hair began to be noticed and humans figured out that a person could change their personal looks to enhance their beauty. But somewhere along our not-so-long “civilized” timeline we discovered that our hair was an important social asset and needed to be managed in some fashion.

Historical Timeline of Female Hairstyles

So, just for fun, let’s take a quick look at some of the popular female hairstyles from the past and present. To get started we’ll go back in time a tad and see what the ladies were doing to kick this whole hair thing off in earlier decades:

10th Century B.C. – Women and men used fat based hair gel for the common female hairstyles of long, short, curly, slicked down and even used hair extensions way back in that era.

1st Century B.C. – Greek and Roman women of means used their female hairstyle as a status symbol; typically wearing their hair long with braids and commonly made use of powered gold for highlights.

1,000 A.D. – It’s well documented that women of this time period (i.e. Lady Godiva) wore their hair quite long.

1300-1400 A.D. – During the middle-ages women wore their hair long and braided with it either hanging down their backs or curled up into buns and attached against their ears.

1500 A.D. – Queen Elizabeth’s hairstyle was very trendy for the times using pin curls around the forehead and hanging down shoulder length with plucked hairlines and eyebrows creating a high-looking forehead appearance.

1700 A.D. – Once again high society set the pattern (Marie Antoinette) utilizing tall powdered wigs decorated with trinkets. Commoners used a variety of creative ornamental accessories such as feathers, shells, lace and even birdcages. During this era hairdressers became popular for the society minded.

1800 A.D. – Feminine curls on top were patterned after the stately Greek and Roman styles and accessorizing using ribbons were all the rage. Later, toward the turn of the century, female hairstyles were looser flowing.

1920’s – Ah, yes, the roaring 20s! Gaiety was the ticket as women became more independent sporting the newly created bob hairstyle with pixie cut sideburns giving them a liberated feeling from the past social norms.

1930’s – The permanent wave was introduced allowing long lasting bob styling with a breezier look.

1940’s – Enter longer locks with self-styling and often worn in the popular Victory Roll (Rita Hayworth)

1950’s – The volume-filled bouffant (Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy) with color and perms were definitely in.

1960’s – Independent hairstyles took over using high maintenance geometric shapes and angular bobs.

1970’s – Afros gave way to long and straight female hairstyles with natural-looking highlights. Farah Fawcett’s curls and Dorothy Hamill’s wedge using blow dryers, round brushes and curling irons increased in popularity.

1980-1990’s – Frosted, scrunched female hairstyles hair was the norm (Madonna), supersized with fuller hair and brighter streaks, giving way to waify looks and flippy updos (Kate Moss) and the very popular Rachel (Jennifer Anniston).

2000’s – Long, beach-curl waves with tanned, honey-toned streaks (Gisele Bundchen & Jennifer Lopez) are the female hairstyles currently popular with the “in crowd.”

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