Janet Stephens, Hairdresser Archaeologist

hairdresser archaelogist
A hairstylist by day, Janet Stephens has become a “hair archaeologist” studying the intricacies of ancient Greek and Roman hairstyles.

She proves the intricate hairstyles were not wigs.

In 2005, she had a breakthrough. Studying translations of Roman literature, Ms. Stephensrealized the Latin term “acus” was probably being misunderstood in the context of hairdressing. Acus has several meanings including a “single-prong hairpin” or “needle and thread,” she says. Translators generally went with “hairpin.”

The single-prong pins couldn’t have held the intricate styles in place. But a needle and thread could. It backed up her hair hypothesis.

Watch her YouTube video on Vestal Hairdressing for more on how the hairdos of the vestal virgins were likely constructed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA9JYWh1r7U&list=UUboS0faGVeMi3n5_2LsVazw&index=1


~ by artpoped on February 9, 2013.

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