From bouffants to short straight cut, from curls
and perms to coils and buns, women continue to experiment with their
hairstyles. Let us take a look at the changing fashions in hair.
Luxuriant tresses have
always been a source of inspiration for poets and painters. At the
first hint of romance in the air, a womans instinct is to make
her hair look its most luxuriant. The state of health and happiness
is also reflected in the hair-a healthy and happy womans hair
has a soft and glossy look.
Today Indian women spend
a lot of time and care on making their hair beautiful and attractive.
And history tells us that this was also true of the women who lived
in indian aeons ago. That they gave considerable importance to hair
styling is proved by Drupadis role in king Viratas court
where she served as the queens hair dresser durign the
Pandavas exile. She could prepare delicate unguents and wreath
beautiful garlands and floral arrangements for the hair in various
Vedic women wore
their hair in myriad styles. One traditional style was the kapardin
still worn by devotees of Shiva-a spiral. Coil of braided or matted
hair kept at the top of the head at different angles. The other
styles of this period were the opasa-a
loose top knot, korira or
kumba-a horn shaped coiffure.