2016 might be all about tousled waves, side cuts, and loose braids, but creative expression via hair and hairstyles have gone back literally thousands of years. Luckily, hair trends have been well-documented since about 3200 BC, and the styles considered fashionable have changed dramatically over the years.
The animated video below, brought to you by The Atlantic, condenses 50 centuries of hair styles and trends into a single short video -- in other words, a whole lot of hair. See how we went from the braided wigs of ancient Egypt to the soft chignons of the 19th century, all the way until today.
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