News (Ancient) Oldest Roman hairstyle recreated for first time

Bestiola

Speculatrix
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For the first time, the hairstyle of the Roman Vestal Virgins has been recreated on a modern head.
The Vestals were priestesses who guarded the fire of Vesta, the goddess of the hearth, among other sacred tasks. Chosen before puberty and sworn to celibacy, they were free from many of the social rules that limited women in the Roman era. Their braided hairstyle, the sini crenes, symbolized chastity and was known in ancient texts as the oldest hairstyle in Rome.
"These were the six most important women in Rome with the possible exception of the emperor's wife," said Janet Stephens, the Baltimore hairdresser and amateur archaeologist who unraveled the secrets of the Vestals' trademark braids.
The Vestal Virgin style, however, presented particular challenges because the Vestals' layered headdresses covered much of their hair. In sculptures and other artwork, the details of the Vestals' braids are often obscured. "It's been incredibly elusive trying to figure out how it was made until now, because there were only two artifacts that show the hairstyle in enough detail to tell anything about how the hairstyle was constructed
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http://www.livescience.com/26112-oldest-roman-hairstyle-recreated.html
 

Akela

sum
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I wonder what would happen if a regular citizen was to attempt the same hairstyle. Something along the lines of a plebeian sewing on a purple stripe?

And I stickied this. Such information is too rare (and girly) to be buried easily :p
 
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