Thursday, February 2, 2012


If it was good enough for the Greeks, it's good enough for the Romans, only more so: 

The Romans aped Greek hairstyles, with  just a few more curls and rolls.  

But by the 1st century A.D., hairstyles came into their own, creating a veritable hirsute revolution. 

Roman women sported high pompadours supported by pads, with curls framing the forehead, or wore turbanlike wound-up braids. 

Brides divided their locks into six long plaits fastened on top of their heads to form a crown.  Over the crowns was placed the vitta - three woolen cords, a sign of purity - and a huge sheer veil in orange, the color of flames.

Statues may have been marble, but even their hairstyles changed frequently. 

Roman ladies had their portrait busts sculpted in two pieces, so that the upper part, representing the hair, could be replaced with a more fashionable coiffure.