The first statue we visit is of an unknown female from the 6th century BC. Coming out of a classic centre split, hair frames the face forming waves (not dissimilar to what we know as finger waves) down each side of the forehead before being tucked behind the ears. Reemerging from below the ear, four tresses on each side fall forwards across the collarbones, while 12 defined locks of wavy hair fall neatly onto the back.
Later, Kokkinou shows us a different statue, this time from the 5th century BC ‘Caryatides’, famous statues that doubled as columns for the temple Erechtheion. Similarly to the first statue, this one has a braid of hair falling towards the front on each side, suggesting this element of hairstyling was an ongoing trend in ancient Greece. There are highly detailed braids wrapped around the upper half of the back of the head, while the lower half makes one incredibly voluminous braid that ends in free-falling curly locks. The thick, luscious tufts with artistic details innovative for their time symbolise an idea of female beauty, Kokkinou tells us, “We have pieces of information in literary sources, in poems for example, that speak about hair as an element of beauty, for a young girl, a sign of health, and a sign of her attractiveness.”