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HAIRDRESSING is the art of arranging the hair or otherwise modifying its natural state Closely related to headgear hairdressing has been an im portant part of the dress of both men and women since antiquity and like dress serves a number of functions Almost all societies have found it necessary to cut or confine the hair in order to keep it out of the way They further arranged their hair to fulfill mans basic desire for personal adornment which may vary in form from the ornately curled blond wigs of Roman matrons to the sleek shin gled heads of flappers in the 1920s One ex tremely important function of hair styling especially in traditional preindustrial societies is to indicate status Primitive men for example fastened bones feathers and other objects in their hair to impress the lowly and frighten the enemy with their rank and prowess Noble rank among the ancient Gauls was indicated by long hair which Caesar made them cut off as a sign of sub mission when he conquered them The occupa tional associations of hair are exemplified by the gray wig of a British barrister and the lacquered black wig of a Japanese geisha The religious significance of hair is seen in the shaved heads of Christian and Buddhist monks indicating renunciation of the world and in the single long lock on the shaved heads of Nluslim men by which they believed Allah would pull them up to heaven In 17th century England both politics and religion were pro fessed by the long curling locks of the Royalist Anglican Cavaliers and the cropped hair of the Parliamentarian Puritan Roundheads Hair arrangement could also proclaim age and marital status Boys in ancient Greece cut their hair and Hindu boys shaved their heads when they reached adolescence In medieval Europe maidens wore uncovered flowing hair while matrons bound theirs under veils As a sign of mourning the ancient Egyptians whose
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