The idea of the beauty salon is not a new one. In fact, going back to historic civilizations, we can see that hairstyles and individuals who adored them have been establishing fashion styles for thousands of years. Even though through the ages hairstyles, cuts, and styles have changed hundreds of times, there are some things that have remained constant through time, like women wearing long braids or wigs, men keeping locks clipped or shaved short, and even coloring locks is not a new, modern practice.
The ancient Egyptians would get their hair clipped very close to the head, especially in the upper classes, in order to don full, elegant wigs atop their heads for special occasions, public outings, and ceremonies. The womens wigs were adorned with gold and ivory trinkets, and were long and often braided. The beauty salons back then were where these wigs were ordered and made. Women in ancient Greece often had long hair, tightly pulled back. Even at this early time, women would dye their hair red and sprinkle gold powder on the hair, decorating their coiffures with tiaras and flowers. Men wore their hair short and often shaved, probably for comfort and convenience when putting on their gladiator helmets. Beauty salons during this time were inside palaces of the rich and noble, though there were also some on the streets for the commoners as well.
Ancient Rome for much of its time had been a world of copycats, where the norm was to follow the lead of the Greek fashions. Some Roman styles noticed women dying their head of hair blond or putting on wigs made from the head of hair of slaves that had been captured. Beauty salons in Rome started to make hairstyles more ornate and elaborate, to the point that head of hair was often styled around cable frames that ladies wore on their mind. The top classes were tended to by slave cosmetologists and there emerged many beauty salons and barber shops for different classes to frequent. In the Middle East, head of hair was typically concealed completely when out in public, although men would go to salon bathhouses and clean their long head of hair in a henna wash, compliments of the local salon stylist.
Traditionally in China, young girls wore their head of hair in braids, which required the help of a friend or head of hair stylist, and womens head of hair was pulled back again and wound around in a bun. Mens mind were typically shaved, except for part of the back again of the head, which would develop long and stay braided. In Japan, the hairdresser of any Geisha certainly got her work minimize out for her, design the womens hair heavily with lacquer decorations in very large ornate styles.
During the 15th century, the time of the Renaissance noticed one of the most painful hair developments ever to hit beauty salons. Women during this era would not only pluck their eyebrows, but would pluck the whole entrance hairline that ran across their head in order to make it look like they had higher foreheads! Clearly the old stating Beauty is Pain rang loud and clear to women back then, too. This crazy period was followed by women rushing to beauty salons for white face powder and red wigs, in order to keep up with the fashion trends that had been established by Queen Elizabeth with her very pale tone and bright red hair.
Thus we have a very short summary of some of the different hairstyles that beauty salons just about everywhere were called upon to generate for customers. Whether it was a long braided wig in Ancient Egypt or a good old fashioned hairline plucking, hairstylists have always been sought after to give people what they want in hairstyles.