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Oldest Roman hairstyle recreated

A hairdresser has recreated the oldest hairstyle in Rome, worn by the famous Vestal Virgins who guarded the fire of Vesta, the goddess of the hearth.

It’s been incredibly elusive trying to figure out how it was made until now, because there were only two artifacts that show the hairstyle in enough detail to tell anything about how the hairstyle was constructed,” Stephens said.

Using those two artifacts — busts of vestal virgins — Stephens tracked the braids from where each must have originated on the head. The lines of the braids reveal how they were made, she said. [10 Historical Hairstyles That Took Root]

“It’s like weaving. Every weaving pattern shows its marks,” Stephens said.

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Story: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience | Photo: Janet Stephens

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