Part I Hair in History A Perspective in Culture and Society Ancient Egyptians (3000 BC – 300 BC) Hair was of great importance in Egyptian society. Ancient Greeks (1100 BC –300 BC) Hair was regarded as a means of personal expression and a form of social communication.
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A Perspective in
Culture and Society
Hair was of great importance in Egyptian society.
Hair was regarded as a means of personal expression and a form of social communication.
Hairstyles reflected the many changes in fashion as a result of many new trade routes.
Wigs became popular in England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
Prior to the French Revolution Marie Antoinette epitomized
“the bigger the better!”
It was fashionable for men to wear wigs.
Hairstyles brought from Africa were a way for slaves to keep their culture alive.
This picture depicts a
traditional Hopi Indian hairstyle.
Fetal hair from a baby is cut,
then tied with a red string and saved.
Hair was used in art during the Victorian period.
Typical mourning brooch with loved one’s hair
Artwork made from human hair
After the Victorian era women began to let their hair down.
In the 1920s short hair was popularized by silent movie star Louise Brooks.
Introduced in the1960s, the Afro was a repudiation against the use of hair straighteners that helped mimic Caucasian hair.
The long hair many hippies sported symbolized defiance against “the establishment.”
Punk rockers also found a style that symbolized revolt against government.
Today, much of Hollywood determines the latest trends and cultures in hairstyles.
Today there are so many hair care products to chose from!
The Bald Truth
Both men and women monks shave their heads to symbolize religious devotion.
Some Hasidic Jewish women shave their heads to symbolize marriage.
Neo-Nazis & Skinheads
Cancer patients often shave when undergoing chemotherapy.
A new military recruit receives a haircut.
“The hair is the richest ornament of women.” - Martin Luther (15th century)
“A woman’s crowning glory.” – Unknown
“If a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her.” – The Bible (Corinthians I 11:15)
In this Biblical story, Samson discovers that his strength comes from his hair.
Medusa’s hair was turned into
serpents by Athena.
After Rapunzel betrays the witch, her long hair is cut.
His works are some examples of
female identity in modern literature.
Females thought to be witches were shaved by those looking for the “Devil’s Mark”
Women thought to be Nazi sympathizers were publicly shaven and humiliated.
Sports star Michael Jordan
Actor Patrick Stewart as Star Trek
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Would you give the bald man in this crowd a second glance?
Rock star Sinead O’Connor shaved her head when her record label wanted her to dress like a doll.
Melissa Etheridge sported her bald head while undergoing chemotherapy.
The world went wild when Britney Spears shaved her head earlier this year.
A natural redhead
6th grade - 1979
Grew just enough hair back to be free again
I never thought I’d make it!
What was I holding onto?