Hair Bleaching

An unusual activity that most Venetian women, of any social status or group, were known to do was the bleaching of their hair. As the common Venetian women sat confined to the rooftops or terraces of their homes, they created the habit of spending as much time as possible exposed to the sun. They sat on the altane or terraces when the sun was hottest and wet their hair with a little sponge attached to a wooden handle and soaked it in a liquid that they bought or made at home.Hair This process was repeated over and over until the desire of the natural looking blonde hair appeared. During the process of bleaching, the Venetian women wore straw hats with the crown cut out, called a “solana.” This hat had a wide brim or flap to let the loose hair be pulled over it, while protecting the face from the sun.

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