My last stop on my Regency Journey is to look at women’s hairstyles in Regency times.
Unfortunately my first attempts at practising Regency hairstyles before the event were abysmal and I gave up! I discovered when I arrived at the Jane Austen Festival that the trick (for my hair at least) was to use lots of hair mousse and hairspray to prevent my bun from unravelling. So, instead of posting a hair tutorial, I have just post the finished pictures of my hair for each day of the festival, with some basic instructions for doing it. There are also links below that I found useful in developing my ideas and showing me how-to tips.
Day One of the Festival comprised of travelling and then a movie night, so I did not do my hair for this day.
Essentially I followed the same sort of structure for my hair across all the festival days, with a back ponytail and then front sections parted and twisted back around the bun. This was partially because the weekend was jammed packed with other events, and I had little time to spare for trialling different styles.
However, I did my sister’s hair for the ball and was forced to be inventive, as her hair is incredibly thick. It was so thick (and short) it could not be twisted properly into a bun without it falling out, so I divided the hair up into smaller parts to make it easier to work with. This meant that the style could be a little more elaborate. (Sorry the picture is so dark!)
The best bit about my hair was that it coped with a full day and night of dancing each day without falling out!
I got all these ideas from the links below, so check them out if you want further tips.
My next post will be all about the festival itself – coming soon!
Check out all my Regency posts in order, at My Regency Journey.
Sources and Relevant Links
Regency Hairstyles and their Accessories – by Jane Austen’s World. This blog has a compilation of fashion pictures from the era that help give you a sense of the range of hairstyles used. There is also some great information about hair accessories.
Rapunzel’s Resource – Emma Woodhouse hairstyles – this blog has many different hairstyles and tutorials for longer hair, including instructions for how to do rope plaits/braids (which I thought were cool!). This particular link will take you to a week of tutorials based on Gwyneth Paltrow’s styles in the movie, “Emma”.
Locks of Elegance – Regency Hairstyling Tutorials – these Regency hairstyles are nice and simple to achieve, yet look very pretty. Most of my hairstyles were based on these.
Jane Austen Festival Australia – website