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A Visual History of Ancient Hairdos (and Don'ts)

Nov 16, 2015 | 8 videos
Video by The Atlantic

The documented history of hairstyles begins prior to 3200 BC, when braided wigs were in vogue. In this short animation, we've condensed hairstyles from over 50 centuries into a single video. From the chignon of 9th century BC, to horned buns that peaked in the 15th century, hair fashion has always been a significant expression of human creativity. If you liked this short video, be sure to check out The Atlantic's animated history of 20th century hairstyles.

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Author: Jackie Lay

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