Last Updated on January 7, 2021 by Neil Mackengie
The dressing and decoration of hair by human beings is as old as civilization itself. It is a curious thing to notice how important the style of hair worn by men and women has been down through the ages. Savage tribes in all parts of the world have developed peculiar hairstyles that have great significance for them.
The Chinese originally wore their hair in a knot at the top of the head. But when the Manchu conquered their country, they were forced to wear the pigtail as a sign of slavery. Eventually this Style became popular among the Chinese and they kept it.
As civilization advanced, hairstyles became more and more varied. In time, no two people wore their hair the same way. In certain countries, the hair hung down loosely, in other places it was the custom to brush it up high on the head.
It is only in fairly recent times that the custom developed for women to wear their hair long and men to wear it short. Up until the Middle Ages, men wore their hair quite long and treated it with the same care as women did. They curled it and wore ribbons in it. During the Renaissance, they bleached their hair and even wore wigs to make their hair look longer.
Henry VIII finally decided to do something about this extreme style and ordered all men to wear short hair. But be allowed them to wear long beards and to curl their moustaches. When James I came to the throne, however, men returned to the custom of wearing their hair long.
In Franco, during the reign of Louis XIV, all the gentlemen of France competed with each other for the longest, curliest wigs!
The style kept changing back and forth until the nineteenth century when the custom of short hair for men was established once and for all. Yet even today in the law courts, the judges and barristers wear wigs— a relic of the old days of long hair!
Why Do Men Have Short Hair?
short hairs are easier to maintain, easier to get a job and long hairs aren’t easy to pull off.