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Ancient Greek 
Hairstyles 
& Barber Shops
 

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Ancient Greece for Kids 

The Greeks loved beauty. It's no surprise that the Greeks loved shiny healthy hair. They used mirrors and hairbrushes. The women used scented waves and lotions to arrange their hair in highly designed and interesting styles. They also braided their hair and wrapped it up on top on of their heads. They even wore their hair sometimes in ponytails. They used headbands. They used hair ornaments to keep their hair in place. They had a lot of fun with their hair. Most of the women designed their own hair styles, or directed their slaves do it for them. There was no such thing as a beauty parlor for women.  

Men, on the other hand, if they could afford it, went to a barber shop to get their hair cut and their beards trimmed. Barber shops existed in nearly all city states. Barber shops were social places. While getting their hair cut, they would gab about sports and politics, and exchange gossip and crack deals.  

 

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Written by Lin Donn
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