At an early age, Lavinia Fontana's father taught her to paint. She married another art student of her father's, and then had 11 children and eventually became a caregiver for her elderly mother....
Meanwhile, her husband worked alongside her in a supportive capacity so she could continue her art. Many of the elite of her day, recognized her skill. Pope Gregory XIII became her patron. A portrait medal was made of her before her death, and it shows a woman sitting at her easel, and her hair is gloriously unkempt.
Lavinia Fontana was born in the mid-1500's and left behind a legacy of her work, and because of the portraits she painted of others, we have a more authentic record of the past. I suspect there have been many women throughout history who made great strides in their life while not placing a large priority on hair styling.
Metal Image to view the hair:
Her portraits are also worthy of view if you do a search of Lavinia.