Hairstyling in the UK has mirrored social and cultural shifts throughout history - as these pictures show.

In ancient times, people styled their hair for practical and social reasons. Simple braids and buns were common, and natural dyes were used for colouring.

The Victorian era saw an emphasis on modesty and propriety. Women wore their hair long and up in elaborate buns or chignons, often adorned with combs and hairpieces. Men kept their hair short and well-groomed.

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The 20th century saw a dramatic shift in hairstyling trends. The early 1900s saw elaborate updos inspired by Edwardian fashion. However, the flapper movement of the 1920s led to a rebellion against traditional styles. Women embraced shorter, bobbed hairstyles, symbolising newfound freedom and independence.

The Second World War saw a focus on practicality. Women's hairstyles became shorter and simpler to accommodate wartime work. The post-war era saw the rise of glamorous Hollywood waves and victory rolls. In the 1950s and 1960s, bouffants and beehives became all the rage, reflecting a new love of volume and drama.

Daily Echo: Open Hairdressing Competitions held at Southampton Guildhall 24th October 1989. Sean Haynes from Norman's salon, Fareham, gives his model one final comb. Hampshire Heritage. Copyright Southern Daily Echo Archives.

In more recent years there has been a move towards more individualistic styles. There's a focus on expressing personal style through hair colour, cuts, and textures.

These pictures were taken locally through the years and show various hairdressing and barber competitions and demonstrations.