I’m submitting something that I originally featured on my own blog, East Is Everywhere . (It was part of my Africa week!)
For anyone looking for people of color in Ancient Greek and Roman literature, with lots of other stuff, too!
Asking about how qualified someone is in academia always brings to mind how a hairdresser discovered how Roman hairstyles were done when many thought the portrait styles were just idealized fancy.
Stephens, a hairdresser based in Baltimore, took a trip to the Walters Art Museum back in 2001 and learned about the intricate hairdos worn by Vestal Virgins so she could duplicate them herself. But she ended up delving further into the fashion and art history books than she’d anticipated. Four years later, Stephens made a phenomenal discovery that she says “essentially changed the field of classical hair studies.”
While reading Roman literature, she stumbled across the term “acus” which has been translated to “hairpin.” But Stephens’ experience with embroidery sparked the theory that these ancient hairdos were actually created using a needle and thread — which was pretty convincing. Her findings were published in the 2008 edition of the Journal of Roman Archaeology.
"That quote everyone was referencing for centuries, but no one took it literally until I came along," she said. “Maybe that was the naivety in me.”
When she’s not cutting, coloring and highlighting at Studio 921 Salon and Day Spa in Baltimore, Stephens is practicing what she preaches by recreating ancient Roman hairstyles at home. Her YouTube channel includes tutorials featuring background on the women who wore these intricate hairdos, insight on their hair textures, the types of styling tools used and how they’d maintain these looks.
But of course HOW DARE SHE QUESTION THE “ACCEPTED FACTS”, RIGHT?
Y’all help I can’t stop watching these ancient roman hairstyling vids.
1. dang they had crazy hair ok?
2. SEW THAT HAIR
3. Who thought up these hairstyles like seriously it was some sort of party where they tried to build houses with hair or something
4. Someone thought this hairstyle up. Now Janet Stephens recreates it. At the end of the vid she even shows how to do those weird curl crowns that look like headbands but nope it’s hair.
SERiously!!!! I think people are underestimating just HOW COOL THIS IS:
THERE ARE SIMPLE ONES, TOO!
^ I would even do that!