In ancient Rome, blond hair was initially considered a symbol of prostitution, and these women had to discolor their blond hair or wear blond wigs.
After the slaves were bought from Scandinavia and Germany, the noblewomen began to wear more wigs made of their hair, and the negative stigma of blonde hair diminished in strength.

Women also began to dye their hair with lighter shades using saffron flower infusions.
Unfortunately, some dyes and bleaches caused such severe damage to the hair that women used wigs.
Women also wore false hairpieces to increase their hair or create special effects.

Hair dyes were popular in ancient Rome, and historians have found more than 100 different recipes that the Romans used to whiten or thin hair.
The early Romans preferred dark hair, which is why blond hair was the trademark of prostitution, more or less recognized.
The light hair became fashionable after the Greek culture reached Italy and after the Roman legionaries began to import slaves from Gaul.

The women and some men applied whitening to their hair and then exposed them to the sun to get a golden or red color.
The richest could afford to sprinkle gold dust on their hair to create a blond appearance, as the ancient Phoenicians did.
Another way to get a lighter shade was to cover the hair with flower pollen and crushed petals of yellow flowers.
When strong bleaching agents caused hair to fall out, Roman women resorted to wigs made from the hair of blond slaves.

The Romans also imported black hair from India, while their use of blond hair had a political significance.
Unlike Indian hair, acquired through trade, Germanic hair became a symbol of Rome’s subjugation of the barbarians.


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