The Viking Age peoples had a wide variety of hairstyles, just as we do today.
Top: Carved Head on Sledge, Oseberg Ship Burial, late 9th cent. His chin is clean-shaven and he wears a moustache.
Down left: Carved Head on Sledge, Oseberg Ship Burial, late 9th cent. A man wearing chainmail and a close-fitting helm or coif. His neatly-trimmed beard and mustache are finely detailed.
Down right: Carved Head on Antler Handle.This Viking’s beard is well-groomed, and his moustaches seem to be waxed to points in an upward curve.
Late Anglo-Saxon, 10th/11th century
found in Jorvik (Coppergate,York) site
© York Archaeological Trust 2005"Grave-finds show a slight difference between men’s comb and women’s comb usage. Women’s graves rarely include combs with comb cases, while men’s graves that include combs almost always do."
One-Piece Walrus Ivory Comb
Double-edged, fine teeth on one side, coarse on the other. Carved with pair of cat-like animals and a serpent. Late Anglo-Saxon, 10th/11th century.
"Perhaps the most important grooming tool was the comb, which was used not only to smooth and order the hair, but also to help remove any dirt or vermin. Combs were in everyday use at every level of society. Combs were used as a part of the hair washing process, being used to comb through the wet hair during washing. Some scholars believe that the widespread use of combs throughout the ancient world was due to their utility in controlling lice and nits."
Although the popular image of the people of the Viking Age is one of wild-haired, dirty savages, this is a false perception. In reality, the Vikings took care with their personal grooming, bathing, and hairstyling.
It is reported in the chronicle attributed to John of Wallingford that the Danes combing their hair every day, bathing every Saturday and regularly changing their clothes.
The pendant is shaped as a fire-steel with two birds facing each other in the middle. Björkö, Adelsö Uppland, Sweden.
Hairstyle reconstruction of the Ellingkvinded bog body, which approximates the braid found on Viking Age Valkyrie pendants
In the upper jaw, horizontally filed furrows on the upper frontal part of the teeth crowns show that deliberate dental modifications were made
Grave find, Skolgården, Resmo, Öland, Sweden.
The Swedish History Museum, Stockholm