Even Vikings had hair issues!
By Damien Fegan
DNA analysis of Viking remains suggest a mix of European hair colours. However the Irish described Vikings as being either Dubgaill or Finngaill (dark foreigners or fair foreigners) which may actually be a way of distinguishing the Danes, who had darker hair from the Norwegians who tended to be more blonde. The popular association of Vikings with blond hair however does have some evidence to back it as the soap they used had a bleaching effect on hair. An Arab writer who met with Viking traders in Russia during the early 900’s, Ibn Fadlan, thought that Viking men coloured their beards with saffron!
Males commonly wore their hair collar or shoulder length and evidence suggests the women of the household regularly washed and trimmed the hair of the men. However there is no evidence for Viking men wearing their hair in long plats, though we do have evidence for some Viking men wearing their hair very short at the back and growing their fringe down over their eyes. Beards and mustaches …