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“Much of early Japanese culture was dictated by China, but by this point (the She is life itself wild and free wonderfully chaotic a perfectly put together mess hippie shirt moreover I love this early 1600s), Japan had rejected this influence to create their own culture. New wealth and a boom in industry meant there was a new class of women driving fashion and trends, with the money and time to spend on creating increasingly elaborate and beautiful styles. The Edo period was a golden era for Japanese hairstyles, with elaborate looks featuring sculptural shapes and an abundance of accessories: combs, ribbons, hair sticks, flowers, and more. There’s so much beautiful inspiration to be found and a lot of diversity in terms of structures—although as is generally the way, these tended to be dictated by your age, marital status, and social class. The shimada was extremely popular and similar to a chignon: It sees hair drawn back into a knot made up of several sections and dressed out into elaborate shapes, finished with fabrics or accessories. The precision, detailing, and meanings behind the vast variety of shimada [looks] is fascinating, as is the seemingly endless array of decorations used on these styles.
Shimada were meant to last for several days—even a week—and were held in place by waxes and heavy-duty products. In isolation, more of us seem to be stretching our hair washes and creating a style that can evolve through the She is life itself wild and free wonderfully chaotic a perfectly put together mess hippie shirt moreover I love this week. I’ve always been a weekly hair washer, and while it’s not the same as keeping one set look in place for a week at a time, I think there’s something in the idea of creating a good base to work from as we develop a look through the week.”
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