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the Changing Hairstyles

Women's hairstyles, whether plaited, cut short, curled or dyed are changed with the trend of the fashion, emotions and individual characteristics.

Chinese Women's hairstyles in the early 20th century
In the early 20th century, the last feudal dynasty Qing was still reigned over the whole China. Everyone, whoever a male or a female, wore hair plaited, but men wore their hair with the front half of their head shaved and the back half in a braid. A little girls' and boys' was the same, in their teens, a girl's hair would begin to remain uncut, when 12 to 15 year old, they have to have their hair roped, called"jiji" .

Chinese Women's hairstyles after the 20th century
Young teenage girls tended to wear their hair in two buns beside their ears, while unmarried young women wore their hair in a plait fastened with a piece of red woolen or silk thread, usually shaped like a butterfly while married women wore their hair in a single bun, the procedure of which is a little bit complicated: first, comb the hair backward; second, tied it tightly to the scalp with a thread; third, twist the hair several times so it won't loose before coiling it in a bunch at the back of the head; and last, settle it with a U-shaped hairpin, and wrap it with a hairnet. Elderly women or women with less hair also wore periwig made of real hair. Since all these steps were complicated, women in rich families employed maids, usually middle-aged women from poor families, to fix hair for them.

Tools Box
Apart from lots time and efforts, these hairdos also need much tools. Women at that time all had a box in which placed combs, hairpins, earrings, bracelets and other ornaments. The box was usually made of wood with paintings or carvings on it. Regardless of its workmanship simple or meticulous, it was what a woman cherished most.