An Animated Timeline of Wonderfully Eccentric Historical Hairstyles From Around the World

A Visual History of Ancient Hairdos (and Don’ts)” by The Atlantic is a amusing animated timeline that takes a look at the wonderfully eccentric, elaborately designed, and perhaps even purposeful hairstyles, for both men and women, from the past 50 centuries throughout the world.

The documented history of hairstyles begins prior to 3200 BC, when braided wigs were in vogue. In this short animation, we’ve condensed hairstyles from over 50 centuries into a single video. From the chignon of 9th century BC, to horned buns that peaked in the 15th century, hair fashion has always been a significant expression of human creativity.