Dress to impress – Roman Hair Dressing

Statues of Roman women are renowned for their apparently complicated hairstyles. These hairstyles are often associated with particular empresses and indeed, the hairstyle often helps us to date the statue.

Join Mary Harlow from the University of Leicester to learn how to arrange three Roman hairstyles. All require long hair as this was typical for girls and women in the Roman world. They are also almost impossible to do for yourself, a reflection of the social status of the women memorialised in sculpture.

This workshop follows the work of Janet Stephens, an amazing hairdresser who has done a study of historical hairstyles. Her reconstructions are available on YouTube – and cover far more than just the Roman period.

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