Courtesy of MattelKate Sullivan, Allure magazine
What other hairstyle is associated with cheerleaders, George Washington, and the oppression of seventeenth-century Chinese men? How the ponytail has swung over the years.
1600 B.C.: Estimated time frescoes showed Greek women wearing ponytails. Artwork proves that the style was also popular among ancient Egyptian dancers and Roman girls.
6th: Century Mayan men wore wide ponytails or several mini ones in ornamental bands while women wore braids. Only slaves had short hair.
18th: Century British military members wore wigs with queues; one style was meant to ward off the cut of a saber.
10: Number of days Han Chinese men were given to comply with the Manchu "Queue Order" to shave their hair save for a long ponytail in 1645. Adoption of the queue was a symbol of submission; failing to have one meant a death sentence.
2: Types of wigs British barriseters wear. The formal "spaniel" has thick curls hanging loose; the "tiewig" has short curls Read More »from Ponytails, a History