In China, great attention has always been paid to hair care and its symbolic meaning. Hairdressing in this country has always flourished, and it was a whole science – about the correspondence of the hairstyle to the social status of its owner. What were the Chinese traditions of hair care? The answer is waiting for you in the article! Stylists of the men’s barbershop “Usachi” tell us.
Hair and hairstyle as a status symbol.
In ancient China, hair served not just as an ornament to the appearance, but as a kind of business card. For example, the hairstyle indicated not only the taste of the person, but also his social status, religious beliefs, or even profession. For example, women who had not yet found family happiness had to braid their hair. Married Chinese women wore their hair in a high bun. Most likely, this helped Chinese men to determine which girl they could meet, and which one it was better not to approach, so as not to run into a scandal. Special hairstyles were made by widows. If a woman who lost her husband did not want to remarry, she cut her hair very short or even shaved it off.
To make a high hairstyle, Chinese women used a lot of hairpins. The richer the woman was, the more precious the hairpins were: they could be made of gold and encrusted with pearls.
Elaborate Chinese buns and wigs.
The most popular female hairstyle in China has always been a bun. At the same time, the bundles were quite complex: the hair was laid in the form of numerous symmetrical rollers, which were fixed with hairpins. To keep the bundles longer, they were placed on special rolls of velvet, smeared with glue. This hairstyle was not affected by the wind or rain. Although it is difficult to imagine what effort it was worth to comb your hair after such a styling.
Bangs in China were also quite popular. They could look different: short and long, reaching the middle of the forehead and divided into two paired strands.
Despite the fact that the hairstyles were quite difficult to create, they looked light and elegant. To achieve this effect, Chinese women decorated their hair with flowers, foliage, and even small twigs with buds. These ornaments not only performed a decorative function, but also held the styling.
If a woman could not boast of a thick head of hair, she could wear a wig. Wigs were made from wool, thread, silk, and even dried seaweed. Of course, not everyone could afford a wig: these products were quite expensive.
Men’s hairstyles in China.
Men in ancient China preferred to wear long hair, which was arranged in bunches on the top of the head or on the top of the head. At the same time, the hair had to be carefully smoothed to make the hairstyle look just perfect.
If a man chose the monastic path, he had to shave off his hair: hair care should not distract from spiritual development. By the way, the children’s hair was also shaved, leaving a few bunches that were tied with laces.
During the period of Manchurian rule, men in China shaved their hair, leaving only a small part on the back of the head. The rest of her hair was tied back in a braid. To make the braid look longer, silk ribbons were woven into it. This hairstyle had a deep meaning: she represented the oppression of the Chinese people. Interestingly, as soon as the period of Manchu rule ended, the Chinese first got rid of their long braids.
Hair care.
As shampoos, the Chinese used products made on the basis of seaweed: they were thought to enhance hair growth. Perhaps this is true, because, judging by the ancient Chinese engravings, most Chinese women had long, luxurious hair. To color the curls, Chinese women used colored powder, and to give shine smeared with wax or vegetable oil. Floral essences were used to create a pleasant fragrance.
In ancient times, the inhabitants of the Middle Kingdom had a hard time: it took a lot of time and effort to create complex hairstyles. You can only be glad that these days you can just go to a hair salon, where the master will make you a haircut that will not need to be laid daily for several hours!