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The hairstyle of Ancient Rome's Vestal Virgins has been recreated on a modern head for the first time. A U.S. hairdresser has painstakingly 'reverse engineered' the 'do - thought to be Rome's oldest - and shown how it may have been carried out.
The Vestal Virgins were the priestesses of Vesta, goddess of the hearth, and their sacred duty was to guard the fire in her temple, which was linked to the prosperity of Rome. Chosen before puberty and bound by a vow of celibacy, their braided hairstyle, known as the sini crenes, was a symbol of their chastity.
Janet Stephens, a Baltimore-based hairdresser and amateur archaeologist, has unravelled the secrets of the Vestals' braids and recreated it for the first time on a modern head.
Just a mesmerizingly beautiful hairdo. I hope someone can put up pics. Here is some history:
In ancient Roman religion, the Vestals or Vestal Virgins (Vestales, singular Vestalis), were priestesses of Vesta, goddess of the hearth. The College of the Vestals and its well-being was regarded as fundamental to the continuance and security of Rome. They cultivated the sacred fire that was not allowed to go out. The Vestals were freed of the usual social obligations to marry and bear children, and took a vow of chastity in order to devote themselves to the study and correct observance of state rituals that were off-limits to the male colleges of priests.