Timeline of Trendy Hairstyles Throughout the World

History HairNo matter what style it’s been through the ages, hair remains our crowning glory. Let’s look at how hair trends have changed throughout the eras and decades of history.

Ancient Egypt

Men and women wore shoulder-length hair and wigs. Young boys shaved their heads except for a single “lock of youth.” Young girls’ hair was often braided.

Ancient Greece

Greek women loved using headbands and flowers for hair accessories. Men had shorter hairstyles. Those who were not soldiers often wore beards.

Ancient Rome

Romans used wigs and false hairpieces. The richer, the more elaborate, with pearls and jewels pinned on. Men preferred a clean-shaven face.

The Far East and Africa

Buns Buddha-style was the custom. Young Thai and Burmese boys wore high buns, while Chinese women kept their hair long. Chinese men would braid their locks. In Japan, women grew out their hair. They would pin it up in buns, using flowers, hand-painted combs and hair-stick. Tribal warrior men colored and braided their hair. Often, married women shaved their heads.

Native Americans

Mohawks were made with both fake and real hair, and they believed that more hair meant more wisdom and power.

Western World in the Middle Ages

In the 13th and 14th centuries, women wore simple long hair in waves, braided or in chignons. Veils and hats were fashionable.


In Western Europe, women began dyeing their hair blonde, as this began to be considered beautiful.

Elizabethan Era, 1500s to 1600s

Pale skin and red hair followed the queen’s fashion. Rouge makeup was trendy, as was white facial powder.

18th Century

Wigs were everywhere. Both men and women wore high coiffures. Feathers, jewels and extravaganza adorned.

Victorian Era 1800s to 1900s

Toning down the hair and makeup, more focus was on hygiene. Both men and women sported sleek, oiled hairstyles.


The popular bob took over, and film stars sparked a fashion trends for heavy eyeliner.


Slick, shiny waves were all the rage. Bette Davis and Rita Hayworth popularized side-parted hair.


Women wearing perfect curls greeted their lovers coming home from the war. Hair spray was applied heavily.


Practicality ruled. Independent, career-focused women went for either the short bob or long straight hair. In the late 60s, hippie hairstyles went untamed and wild.


Farrah Fawcett’s “wingback” hair was everywhere. Later, spiked punk hairstyles began.


Neon colors maximized the big hair effect. Women wore their hair shorter, and hairspray still dominated.


Everyone wanted the “Rachel” shag hair cut from the TV sitcom “Friends,” with layers to frame the face.


People still take their hair-styling cues from fashion icons. But today, we are freer to think independently and style our hair how we please.

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