A Brief History of Cosmetology – Part 2



Accurate recorded history only dates back a few thousand years or so, but the history of cosmetology most likely began well before civilization was even documented.

The History of Cosmetology

As some of the oldest markings known to date dictate, aesthetic beauty was an obvious prized possession and the use of cosmetics for enhancements was common for both women and men. Though extremely developed and diverse now, a lot of the same materials and techniques used today began thousands of years ago.

The Beginning of Makeup?

The oldest evidence of makeup was seen in the Mesopotamian civilization, illustrated in portraits and carvings of kings and priests. According to what we know about that period of time, only the most elite individuals had the resources to paint their faces and nails.

Ancient Greece and Rome’s History of Cosmetology

Though Spartan women were forbidden from applying makeup due to their belief that they possessed beauty superior to that; the bath, spa, manicure, and hairdressing custom we currently use originated in ancient Greece.

Rome adopted Greek customs as their empire expanded, taking a notable interest in baths. If one were to partake in a Roman bath back then, he would be treated to a process beginning with a massage, followed by a sauna sweat, then a swim and exercise routine in cold water, and ending with a relaxing soak in hot water. Slaves worked as massage, hair, and nail artists.

China’s Role in Cosmetology Evolution

China’s view of a beautiful woman used to be pale skin and white teeth. For thousands of years, powdered lead was used to soften complexions and ultimately led to the cover up applications we know today. In the meantime, Japanese women emphasized extreme caution and care for their long silky hair. The most noble of the women would spend hours of her day simply cleaning and caring for her hair.

Current Cosmetology Making History

Currently, the specialization and focus on this trade has never been so enormous. Beauticians all over the world are adopting their own styles for hair cutting and coloring; artificial nail enhancements and precise nail care are being perfected by nail technicians; and plastic surgery is expanding for aestheticians. The individuality and creativity expressed through each of these fields will certainly make the future cosmetology students talk.

Education About the Past, For the Future

The history of cosmetology dates as far back as the history of civilizations. Knowing the origins and details of your skill will allow you to take your trade far beyond the classroom. At Evergreen Beauty School, we teach you everything you need to know about manicures and pedicures, facials, and makeup application. Not to mention our updated training includes barber practice as well, aiding you in expanding your client base and reaching your full potential.

Frank Trieu
Vice President of Business Development & Industry Relations

Frank Trieu is a cosmetology industry leader, and despite his accomplishments and accolades, he still prioritizes students on the Evergreen campus. Through building relationships within the community and local salons, retail stores, and spas, he helps facilitate job placements for aspiring beauty professionals using his expansive network.

Happy Evergreen Beauty College Students


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