The Renaissance (or “Rebirth”), which began in Italy in the 14th century, was a time of great artistic, scientific and political discovery. At the time, having a large forehead was seen as beautiful. To achieve this look, many women plucked out all of the hair at the front of their
heads, balding themselves to the crown. If you didn’t want to resort to plucking half of your hair out, there was a dangerous chemical solution. By using a mixture of vinegar, quick-lime and animal faeces, women could easily remove some of their hair and achieve a receding hairline. However, this often resulted in scarring. This style was the epitome of beauty at the time, and it can be seen in many famous Renaissance paintings.