Renaissance Era

(14th century to 17th century)

Women would trim their hairline to make their foreheads appear bigger. It was also beautiful to be blonde for both women and men. Some methods that they would try to make their hair blonde would be laying out in the sun for hours, or using bleach, saffron or onion skin dye.

Elizabethan Era

(Mid 16th century to early 17th century)

Red hair defined what it meant to be beautiful for a woman. This standard of beauty was set by Queen Elizabeth. Women would wear red wigs to look like her. Aside from the hair, a pale complexion meant that women were beautiful, so women would use a great amount of white powder to look pale (today, being tan is more customary for what it means to be beautiful).

Age of Enlightenment

(18th Century)

Women had trim, crimped or curled heads, and their hair would be decorated with garlands or bows. A pale complexion was still popular. By the late 18th century, coiffures (which are close-fitting caps for the head) became popular. Coiffures would sometimes stand three feet tall, and they would be adorned with feathers, ribbons, jewels, among other adornments. However, just like other beauty trends, this one diminished late into the century because these extravagant hairstyles attracted noxious animals. Soon after, a new kind of hair trend developed, the hedgehog, which was a style used by both women and men. The hairstyle consisted of a loose, bushy mass of curls, with white hair still being the predominant color of class and wealth.

Victorian Era

(Mid 19th century to early 20th century)

Women began wearing less make-up after magazines warned against the toxic qualities of cosmetics companies. Moreover, dramatic make-up was mostly worn by stage actors and prostitutes, and middle-class and upper-class women didnít want to physically associate themselves with prostitutes. Thus, since natural beauty became the beauty standard for this era, there was less emphasis on being physically attractive, and there was more emphasis on health and hygiene. Moreover, big hair became less acknowledged as women sleeked and smoothed their hair with oils.