Nowadays, people all around the world are free to wear any kind of clothing or hairstyles, they can paint their nails any color, and get any tattoos they want. But in the past, our ancestors gave a special meaning to these things, which was often the opposite of the modern meaning. For example, red lipstick or a striped print, just several decades ago, marked women with a special social status.
We at smartzune have reviewed several books and scientific articles about this topic and we want to share what we have found with you.
1. Women’s and men’s undercuts used to be a sign of sacred vengeance.
Women’s and men’s undercuts used to be a sign of sacred vengeance. In the past, the inhabitants of the Marquesas Islands (Polynesia) used to shave their heads completely leaving one long lock of hair on the top that used to be tied in a knot.Historically, the undercut has been associated with poverty and inability to afford a barber competent enough to blend in the sides, as on a short back and sides haircut. From the turn of the 20th century until the 1920s, the undercut was popular among young working class men, especially members of street gangs. In interwar Glasgow, the Neds (precursors to the Teddy Boys) favored a haircut that was long on top and cropped at the back and sides. Despite the fire risk, lots of paraffin wax was used to keep the hair in place. Other gangs who favored this haircut
In the past, the inhabitants of the Marquesas Islands (Polynesia) used to shave their heads completely leaving one long lock of hair on the top that used to be tied in a knot. This haircut was used only in cases when people gave a sacred oath to get revenge for the death of a close person. The hair was not cut until the promise was fulfilled.The undercut is a hairstyle that was fashionable from the 1910s to the 1940s, predominantly among men, and saw a steadily growing revival in the 1980s before becoming fully fashionable again in the 2010s. Typically, the hair on the top of the head is long and parted on either the side or center, while the back and sides are buzzed very short.It is closely related to the curtained hair of the mid-to-late 1990s, although those with undercuts during the 2010s tend to slick back the bangs away from the face.