In the Vedic period (1700-1100BCE) they arranged that Indians should shave the whole head, leaving a lock of hair at the back or at the side, similar to young Egyptians, allowing “God to pull people into heaven” .This kind of hair cut was limited to people with high social positions over time, whilst women were to use head pieces with gems and jewels in the forehead.
The Wind of Change
The Greek culture changed all this as Buddha was shown with curly hair in the style of a bun, atop his head. In the period between 320 – 550 women’s hair was generally cut short and they would use longer hair to create a style, if their hair was tied it was in a bun to the side of their head or near the nape of her neck.
Men would also have long shoulder-length hair that was often braided. Since the 6th Century, in India amongst the Muslim community the hair was concealed in public for both men and women. Men would wear a turban or fez. Women would wear a traditional veil. In the 7th century, several sultans from Damascus, Persia and Afghanistan started to invade India, which caused a blend of Muslim and Indian costumes. Their hairstyle did not change much as most of the women’s hair was black, long, with braids or tied in chignons at the nape.
Next blog will focus on 2 major civilizations and their hairstyling history, China and Japan.