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Outrageously long hair of the Victorian era will make you gasp

Every now and then we come across a collection of photographs that makes us go ‘woah’ and this is one of them. And you thought you had longish hair!

These photos are from the Victorian era when women rarely cut their hair because long hair was seen as an important part of a female’s appearance. As Mashable writer Alex Q. Arbuckle points out, ‘An important rite of passage for an adolescent girl during this time was the moment she began to wear her hair up. Previously it would have been worn loose or in plaits and tied up with a ribbon’. And while a woman’s hair was worn up, it was rarely cut.

These vintage photos show women with their long hair hanging down – which would be quite ‘titillating’ in the Victorian era. Much like showing an ankle!

Via Dangerous Minds

Long hair of the Victorian era
Long hair of the Victorian era
Long hair of the Victorian era
Long hair of the Victorian era
Long hair of the Victorian era
Long hair of the Victorian era
Long hair of the Victorian era

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Rachel Oakley is an Aussie writer based in NYC with an obsession for the creepy, cool and quirky side of life. Some of her main passions include philosophy, art, travel, and sarcasm.

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