When it comes to beauty, people do crazy things. We want to follow the latest trends and we sometimes don’t care about the side effects of most of these beauty trends, all we care about is looking beautiful at that point in time. I read some articles about beauty trends in different eras. Let’s get down to it.
In ancient Greece, unibrows (connected eyebrows) was a beauty trend. I find this funny 😂. I can’t even think of walking down the streets with jointed brows trying to catch me some 6 packs. Imagine all the funny looks I’ll get. 🙅 No way!
Women with long, blonde hair were considered beautiful and to achieve the look, most women bleached their hair in vinegar. In Rome, women used a mixture of vinegar, goat fat, pigeon droppings, saffron and beechwood ash to change their hair color which, in many cases, led to hair fall. And here I am disgusted at just the thought of raw egg on my hair 😐.
During the elizabethan era, looking ghostly was a trend.
” mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the palest of them all?”
Queen Elizabeth was the epitome of beauty for women in that era. English women went to great heights to look like their monarch. They tried to recreate her natural pale complexion by using white powder (white lead – poisonous). Some women even went as far as using leeches which would bleed them out until they looked pale. In our time, pale look is associated with sickness or vampires (as seen in movies).
A high forehead was considered a sign of high society and women plucked their hairline to achieve this look. OUCH!!!
In Japan, Geishas (traditional Japanese female entertainers who act as hostesses) removed their eyebrows with tweezers and opted for a thick and false painted on brows. Their beauty was based on their hair length and a perfect length was considered 2 ft below waist level. Their foundation was rice flour powder. Seriously, what was wrong with ancient women and ghostly looks? 😩
Black teeth (ohaguro) was also a sign of beauty. The ohaguro practice involed the ingestion of dye. First of all, iron fillings were soaked in tea and when the iron oxidizes, the liquid would turn black. It was spiced up with cinnamon and cloves to reduce the harsh taste. This dye was being drunk.
In ancient India, cow urine was used for slimming, acne, and as detox because of its anti-infective properties.
It’s a shock that “crazy” didn’t start in the 21st century. It started way back, like way before our great grand parents. Funny right? I bet you thought the Kardashians/Jenners invented beauty trends.