How to Create Ancient Greek Hairstyles

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How to Create Ancient Greek Hairstyles
Ancient Greek women favoured styles with waves and headbands. (statue image by Tom Davison from Fotolia.com)

The hairstyles of ancient Greek women were some of the most elaborate and ornate in history. Greek women took great pride in their beauty and appearance and developed many hairstyles to compliment every occasion from daily life to fancy parties and banquets. Long hair was especially popular because it provided great versatility when it was time to create the up-do. Long hair was also a sign of wealth and prosperity as only slave women and servants had short hair. While ancient Greek coiffures may look extremely involved, it is possible for you to recreate them at home.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Hairbrush
  • Olive oil
  • Curling iron
  • Ornate headbands of gold, leaves or jewels
  • Hairspray
  • Elastic band
  • Hair clips
  • Styling gel
  • Strings of pearls

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Wash and dry your hair. Brush a small amount of olive oil through your hair to give it a healthy sheen. Use a dime-sized drop and dip your hairbrush bristles into it. Avoid using too much or your hair will look greasy and dull. Olive oil was used by ancient Greek women to condition their hair and add shine.

  2. 2

    Use a curling iron to create loose spiral curls all over your head. Start at the front and work your way back. Sectioning your hair off and pulling loose hair up into a clip makes it easier to focus on the area you are working on. When your entire head is covered in curls, allow your hair to cool completely. This will allow the curls to set.

  3. 3

    Run your fingers through the curls you've created to separate them a bit and create volume. Fullness is the look you're going for.

  4. 4

    Insert a headband into your hair on a diagonal angle about one to two inches from your hairline. A thin gold band, a band of gold or green leaves or a bejewelled one are all options that are perfect for a Greek look.

  5. 5

    Spray your hair with hairspray to help maintain the curl and hold your headband in place.

  1. 1

    Wash and dry your hair. Brush a small amount of olive oil through your hair to give it a healthy sheen. Use a dime-sized drop and dip your hairbrush bristles into it. Avoid using too much or your hair will look greasy and dull. Olive oil was used by ancient Greek women to condition their hair and add shine.

  2. 2

    Use a curling iron to create loose spiral curls all over your head. Start at the front and work your way back. Sectioning your hair off and pulling loose hair up into a clip makes it easier to focus on the area you are working on. When your entire head is covered in curls, allow your hair to cool completely. This will allow the curls to set.

  3. 3

    Pull your hair into a low ponytail and secure it with an elastic band. Twist your hair around the band to create a bun and secure it with hair clips.

  4. 4

    Dislodge several tendrils around your face and allow them to trail freely to your shoulders. Ancient Greek women did not wear fringe, so if you have them, use a styling gel to work them into the rest of your hair and disguise them for the night.

  5. 5

    Decorate your 'do with a gold or bejewelled headband, ornate combs or strings of pearls to create a historic look. Spray with hairspray to hold in place.

Tips and warnings

  • Look up pictures and drawings that illustrate ancient Grecian hairstyles to help you find a look that's perfect for you.
  • Experiment with a variety of looks until you achieve the one you want.

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