How The Norse People Combed Their Hair.

Viking-era combs, double and single sided, in both carved wood and bone. Like the Anglo-Saxons, the Norse took great pride in their hair./. A Journey Through Medieval Life octavia.net:

Although the popular image of the people of the NorseAge is one of wild-haired, dirty savages, this is a false perception. In reality, the Norse took care with their personal grooming, bathing, and hair styling.

Perhaps the most telling comment comes from the pen of English cleric John of Wallingford, prior of St. Fridswides, who complained bitterly that the Viking Age men of the Danelaw combed their hair, took a bath on Saturday, and changed their woolen garments frequently, and that they performed these un-Christian and heathen acts in an attempt to seduce high-born English women1

It is reported in the chronicle attributed to John of Wallingford that the Danes, thanks to their habit of combing their hair every day, of bathing every Saturday and regularly changing their clothes, were able to undermine the virtue of married women and even seduce the daughters of nobles to be their mistresses2.

The Arabic observer Ibn Fadlan noted:

§ 84. Every day they must wash their faces and heads and this they do in the dirtiest and filthiest fashion possible: to wit, every morning a girl servant brings a great basin of water; she offers this to her master and he washes his hands and face and his hair — he washes it and combs it out with a comb in the water; then he blows his nose and spits into the basin. When he has finished, the servant carries the basin to the next person, who does likewise. She carries the basin thus to all the household in turn, and each blows his nose, spits, and washes his face and hair in it.

These above are some examples of Combs used by the Norse from the time.

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