Hair Care in The Era of the Vikings

Hair care, combs and the Vkings


Humans have sought to distinguish themselves through changes in their appearance for thousands of years. 

This photo shows combs used by Vikings in the 10th century. Archaeologists have come to understand that hair was important to the identity of Vikings. Comb making became a particular skill and to own a comb like the one shown was a symbol of status. Combs were made from a variety of materials including bones and antlers (especially deer antlers). Viking warriors took combs on their voyages.

Source: Royal Ontario Museum, Viking Exhibition, 2017-2018. Toronto, Canada

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