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  • Rattail (haircut)


    Child in the 1980s with a rattail A rattail is a hair style that is characterized by a long "tail"-like element of hair growing downward from the back of the head. The rattail usually hangs naturally; however, it can be braided, treated as a dread, permed, straightened, or poofed, curled with an iron. In some instances, an individual might choose to grow several tails as opposed to a single very long tail. The rattail saw a brief period of mainstream popularity during the late 1980s and early 1990s and has rapidly fallen out of vogue. However, it has recently seen renewed popularity.

  • French braid


    Classic French braid A step by step creation of a basic braid using three strings. A French braid also called French plait and Tresse Africaine (African braids) is a type of braided hairstyle. The French braid is a hairstyle that originated in North Africa and later adopted in France. The misnomer "French" can be traced back to an 1871 short story from Arthur's Home Magazine. The three-strand gathered plait includes three sections of hair that are braided together from the crown of the head to the nape of the neck. The earliest evidence of the style comes to us from the Tassili n'Ajjer mountain range in Algeria. There, rock art depicting women wearing rowed braids dates back almost 6,000 years. The style also appeared in early Greek art, particularly iconic kouros statues, on Celtic warriors and lasses, and as part of the elaborate updos worn by courtly women of the Sung Dynasty.

  • Ringlet (haircut)


    Marguerite De La Motte wearing her hair in ringlets. A ringlet is a type of hairstyle. Ringlets are often also known as tube curls or corkscrew curls. It is achieved by wrapping a lock of hair around the length of a thin curling iron or can be sported naturally by people with sufficiently tightly curled hair. The curls can also be achieved by hair rollers. Loose ringlets can be created just by twisting wet hair as well. Orthodox Jewish men wear payots, which may be curled as ringlets.

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