Hair Styles in the Inca Empire Illustration

Inca Empire for Kids
Hair Styles

Men cut their hair short in the front and kept it somewhat longer in the back, long enough to wear in a sling or held with a woven band.

Women wore their hair long, parted in the middle. The only time they cut their hair was in mourning for a lost husband, as a sign of respect. Once their hair grew out, it was time to remarry.

ROYALS & NOBLEMEN: When a noble was just a small child, a board would be strapped to his or her head. This would force the top of their head to grow almost to a point. This was the symbol of nobility and royalty.

Although the royal men wore their hair short in front and longer in back, like the common men, each noble family had a distinctive hairstyle for the men.

The Inca people could easily recognize who was a commoner and who was a nobleman simply by their hairstyle or the way their head was shaped.



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