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Traditional Croatian Hairstyles in Modern & Traditional Form: Here's The Definition Of What That Means Exactly...

Here's a topic I never touched before, and which for obvious reasons will probably be of interest mainly to women or hairstylists. But the bonus was that I didn't have to hunt for images, information or anything, it was already completely written out for me and a brand new topic to throw in here.

Besides, there are some really stoogely and absurd women's hairstyles I've seen over the years, when flipping channels and coming across some hair fashion/styles program somewhere, seen some really ridiculous stuff on women's heads being passed off to the public as some sort of new creative fashionable hairdo, as if. Heck, sometimes even on athletes these days, like wtf is that on their cranium? did they lose a bet and are now paying up with self-ridiculing hairdo's?..."What sort of foolery is this thou cretinous self-loathing knave?, surely you self-mock yourself."...(a few examples here)

It's also interesting to note the not generally known fact that even men used to braid their hair sometimes, (even beards), especially from the early common era to the Middle Ages. Yep seriously it's true, the custom was rooted from pagan times when long hair was more common among the men but would get in the way on the battlefields while wielding swords and axes protecting their lands, as well as when forging the weapons, farming, making boats, bbqing etc, so they used to just braid or put their hair in various knots so it wouldn't cover their face or get in the way. (such as wet bloody hair sticking to their face while thrusting or parrying, so much for the wimpy braided hair men stereotype). Not the feminine fancier ones shown here, but more Medieval-ish, they've even uncovered remains from graves occasionally from those times and their hair was still braided looking like the day they were buried, amazing. (I had to add some guy braided hair facts for context)

Like an excerpt from the article explains, there are creative traditional hairstyle variations depending on what region of the country you're in, some are more elaborate than others and some are more common than others, ie: there isn't just one one traditional type of hairstyle, but Croatia does have one detail though that connects all its regions – a braid. I even noticed this during my last few trips to Croatia, I came across a fair amount of instances of braided hair on women compared to here which is extremely rare unless you include athletes, not widespread just more common. I even remember seeing some old photos of my mother when she was younger in her twenties and she was wearing braided hair. Heck, I even remember parts from my very first trip to Croatia when I was around 5 years old to the farm where my one grandmother (her mother) still lived, her being in her late 60's or 70-ish I guess, and I vividly remember she still kept long hair and put it in thick long braids sort of like the LADO pics just below.

Actually, these kinds of women's hair options have sort of made a reappearance again over the years, especially since shows like Game of Thrones and similar medieval-ish and later themed films came out. Sort of like harkening back to the feminine women days, times of various queens, princesses, baronesses etc from Medieval times through to the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque centuries, when fixing their hair before the official royal court ceremonies, functions, dinners and festivals or balls and events, or even while just strolling around the castle and local markets to buy some cheese or fruits or pick out robe linens. According to paintings and images from the times there weren't many man haircuts on women to be found back then that's for sure.

You'll even see many actresses these days put their hair in various braided styles during the various Hollywood awards shows and related events and women musicians too, (I've come across quite a few pics of women accordianists wearing braids over the years, lots of them but I didn't add all the pics of them), and probably some women cops and soldiers, but then again you'll also see examples of those fucked up hairstyles I was taking about before. Oh, also when in Croatia you'll see it more often at the beaches also of course, so as to not get their hair wet and easier suntan lotion applying, even at the nude beaches believe it or not, which makes sense.

I have no interest or plans to become a hairstylist or have any particular interest in this topic, beyond just the history of some of them that go back many centuries and the interesting modern options depending on what region of Croatia the hair is being braided in. And I'm not telling anyone to go braid their hair, braid it or just let it hang I don't care, I'm just giving supplementary information for the benefit of the reader and simultaneously speaking up for those who can't against the intolerant evils of braided-hairophobia.

Basically in a nutshell, I just have no problem or issue with women trying to look feminine using traditional styles mixed in the overall look, I think a woman attempting to look feminine and creative is really nothing to be ashamed of and if she wants to accent her hair with traditional Croatian braid styles also then so be it, partly or fully braided. (but of course not for just going to the bingo hall, Taco Bell or the 7-11 to pick up some beef jerky and chips, there's no point in the hair braiding effort just for that, or even the malls or libraries which is mainly just gays and ghetto people hangouts and fucko antics anyway, but maybe for other times and places and more special occasions such as when going to the Dollar Store, a donut shop or Walmart, which may contribute to a better overall shopping experience, maybe even compliments from the cashiers/shelf stockers/greeters etc). That's about it, I added some related post links at the bottom...

Traditional Croatian Hairstyles in Modern Form

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By Iva Ralica

Traditional hairstyle probably sounds pretty prose when given the variety of colors, forms and hair accessories of today.

Sometimes it suits the occasion perfectly and yet there are times when girls wish to have a unique look. This can also work if we remember all the traditional forms and place them in the modern age.

Many modern hairstyles are inspired by history. For those interested in it and the styles it offers, these historical ideas form Avangard as well as everyday forms of hairstyle. There isn’t one particular which would inspire modern trends. Instead, the central inspiration is the technique. There are few basic ways of twisting the cuffs applied on the front and back part of the hairstyle.

(Hairdresser: Tea Sarcevic)

A great hairstylist could make anything possible, but unfortunately, there isn´t a lot of them who are interested in the traditional forms and the way they are made. The author of the books about traditional Croatian hairstyles, Blanka Žakula, is the organizer of many seminars concerning the subject.

Their goal is to transfer the collected knowledge about Croatian tradition, mainly about forms and techniques of the hairstyles dating back to 5th century BCE. Even though it could help form a stronger knowledge and bring to many interesting ideas, Žakula states that the response isn’t as high as it was expected. There seems to be a lack of those who understand the value of these traditions which is a unique example in the world.

Traditional styles. (photo credit: LADO National Folk Dance Ensemble of Croatia)

Seminars consist of two parts. One is dedicated to traditional hairstyles and their revival in the exact forms. Other is reserved for the competition in the modern styles, usually based on those historical.

The research, reconstruction, education and the competition itself is a part of the project called Ethno hairstyles of Croatia and the culture center Gatalinka in Vinkovci. Organizing these international seminars, the center insists on protecting Croatian tradition and inspiring the modern times.

Not seen in everyday life, but primarily in haute-couture shows, these hairstyles present more than just rich imagination, they are the evidence of rich history, even of hairstyles. This is one form resembling extremely the hairstyle originating from the island of Pag.

(Hairdresser: Mario Trescec)

Others combined the braids in the most unusual ways, looking rather futuristic and barely practical, but still based on the traditional ways of wrapping the locks or braids.

(Hairdressers: Kata Sarcevic & Tea Sarcevic)

Some are based on the traditional hairstyles found in Dalmatia and its island, using a sort of tiny fabric to revive the rich historical examples described in many writings. Even the material tries to resemble the original, using fabric, lace or flowers.

(Hairdressers: Josipa Dzaja, Mario Trescec, Igor Galas)

Still, the styles belonging to everyday life are based on the simplicity of traditional hairstyles. They consist of a few braids, wrapping around the forehead or on the back part. This is one typical example of a simplified traditional style in its modern version.

Nonetheless, the individual imagination should bring new elements into the traditional formation. This way, history and modern times can show the unbreakable connection based on the uniqueness of traditional Croatian hairstyles.

(photos: Dražen Bota)

Traditional Croatian Folk Hairstyles

Traditional Croatian Hairstyles (photo credit: LADO National Folk Dance Ensemble of Croatia)

By Iva Ralica

In an era where pretty much anything goes, hairstyle options today seem endless for women. The latest ‘in’ chic style seems to change faster than ever. But back in the days of our grandmothers, there were not a lot of choices.

There were hairstyles which ‘suited’ young girls, unmarried girls, married or older women, as well as those who had more money and those not so well off. There were also differences in hairstyles between girls who lived in the city and those living in the countryside. Croatia does have one detail though that connects all its regions – a braid.

Apart from the braid, each region in Croatia had its own style, technique, and form.

Croatia does have one detail that connects all Croatian regions – a braid. Still, every region has its own technique and form.

Girls wore one or two simple braids, falling towards the back or front, or wrapped around the head. Usually, they would start wearing a scarf or change their hairstyle when they entered young adulthood. Especially in marriage, it was common to wear a scarf to “hide” it from everyone except the husband – an old custom which was continued for practical reasons or because the grandmothers of our grandmothers wore it.

(photo credit: LADO National Folk Dance Ensemble of Croatia)

On special occasions, hair was ornamented with flowers, bands, and bows, or accordingly, with a lace scarf and every region has its own style of embroidery. The styles refer to the historical period of the 19th and the early 20th century.

Different Regions

The traditional hairstyle of Slavonia, Baranja and Srijem include the two smaller braids for younger girls and one broad braid for the older ones, from the age of 15. This style was also the most festive one.

Osijek (photo credit:

According to experts in Ethno hairstyles of Croatia, the hairstyle is described like this: the hair is divided into two parts: the frontal and back part which winds into the braid, and the frontal that stays in bangs and is then straightened behind the ears or braided over a thin rope.

This hairstyle can take about 4 hours to create if one has experience and skills, but up to 10 hours for those inexperienced. Cities and villages usually had their own styles, so the back part of the hair could’ve even been divided into small locks, a hundred of them, and then made into thin braids that form one big braid.

Prigorje (photo credit: Kulturni centar Gatalinka – Vinkovci / Tradicijske frizure Hrvatske br.1)

Other examples are the high braid, being buttoned up high around the back part of the head, such as ćutuk from the village Vukojevci, cop from Motičina village (five braids wrapped in circle on the nape), the braid that looks like a net could’ve been seen around Vinkovci, Vukovar, and Ilok, thin bands were worn around Đakovo and a braid similar to a garland around Vukovar.

Ćutuk (photo credit: Kulturni centar Gatalinka – Vinkovci / Tradicijske frizure Hrvatske br.1)

Kikaš is a traditional hairstyle unique in all of Croatia – it has bangs on the front and two braids on the back covered with a garland. The scarf or the band usually had golden coins sewed on it which are connected to the history of the Roman empire and Medieval times.

(photo credits: LADO National Folk Dance Ensemble of Croatia)

Middle parts of Croatia have a tradition of locks or frke (winded locks sticking to the head) on the front part of the head. A sort of diadem or a scarf was added when the girls were entering the age for marriage. The colour used was red accessorized with small beams or bands. The bands were braided together with the hair locks.

Frke (photo credit: Kulturni centar Gatalinka – Vinkovci / Tradicijske frizure Hrvatske br.1)

Pokuplje is an area where the braids were covered with small hats, red or colourful for the younger girls, and white for the older women. It was the practical style used for everyday routine. For different occasions, the other typical Croatian detail, a triangle shaped scarf, was put above it and belayed beneath the chin. In the end, the scarf and the hair would form a two horn hairstyle.

Pokuplje tradition.

Posavina has the tradition of making two braids with bows and then twisted into one and covered with a small hat.

In Hrvatsko Zagorje, younger girls would wear two braids, each having its own bow and made to fall forwards, not backward like in some other regions. The older women, which is also a tradition in Slavonia, would make their long hair into simple buns or braids buttoned around the head and cover them with scarves, also belayed underneath the chin.

Djakovo: (photo credit: 

The coastal part of Croatia also has its own similarities. The braids were tangled into a garland around the head with variations of red or white bands between the braids and locks.

Istria was the part of the coast where the hair was braided together with a band and then wrapped around the head. It was also sometimes covered with a small scarf made into a triangle shape and belayed on the back part of the head. It was ornamented with flowers and white lace.

Istra region. (photo credit: Kulturni centar Gatalinka – Vinkovci / Tradicijske frizure Hrvatske br.1)

Longer, squared swathe wrapped in different ways was worn on the head on the island of Krk. The white edge was decorated with stripes, colourful, brown or yellow which varied depending on the purpose.

Traditional folk costume and hairstyle from the Island of Krk near Rijeka

The decorative needles were used on the white scarves whose ends were folded over the forehead for the women of the island of Pag. The mandatory Pag lace is the other ornament sewed on the edges of the scarves. Later, in the middle of the 20th century, the today form of a triangle was given to this traditional hairstyle.

Island of Pag (photo credit:

Hairstyles in Pelješac consists of two braids made of three strands into which a broad band (kurdela) is tangled and bent over on the sides into two braided buns.

Traditional Pelješac style (photo credit: Kulturni centar Gatalinka – Vinkovci / Tradicijske frizure Hrvatske br.1)

The characteristic hairstyle of the island of Susak is also unique. Hair is combed and divided and the two frontal locks stay beside the face while the rest is braided into a “cake form”, the so-called kokum, and is usually covered with a scarf in red or darker colours. So next time you are looking for a hairstyle change, why not go traditional Croatian.

Island of Susak style

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