• Beauty and Fashion

    Bridemaid Hairstyle

    I originally wanted a cross between Hermione’s Yule Ball hairstyle . . .

    . . . and Lucy Steele’s hairstyle in the 2008 Sense and Sensibility.

    But (decisions, decisions) . . .
    I switched to wanting a complete updo after a sister mentioned that she thought that would be better, and the above photo was my inspiration. 
    I had a bit more indecision but went with complete updo. However, I ended up with more structure than the above photo. I think looser, more romantic hairstyles are harder because unless you are very careful and gifted, they ended up looking sloppy. One day I want to master the romantic look.

    I watched and rewatched Youtube tutorials before the wedding and during prep. Here are some of them: here and here (I used a couple from the second channel).
    The first one I really liked, but I really needed more techniques and help. So this ended up being more an inspiration. I used my silver floral bobby pins, two in each side of my hair (with one leaf end up and the other down, so it looked more like one piece), like the hair piece in this video.
    I put a little bit of my center back hair in a small bun former and then smoothed a couple locks over it for a form like the above Youtube hairstylist shows. I also needed to loop my curls into more than one barrel curl, and I tease and sprayed some curls a bit, so that the curls would not slip over. I tried to minimize the hairspray though since it makes my hair frizzy.
    Overall (and in hindsight), I found this a fun learning experience. I would like to try it more often . . . under less pressure (although I was rather preternaturally “calm” for most of the wedding day).

  • Beauty and Fashion

    Regency Hairstyles

    I wanted to join in the fun with another post besides the tag for Period Drama Fashion Week, but without photos from the films. Disclaimer: I in no way recommend all content on these sites; I just found the tutorials via Google and some are on YouTube.

    I decided to try to find some tutorials. I would imagine that most Regency ladies had long and super long hair since they probably avoided wigs since Regency fashion came about as a reaction to the excesses of the Georgian era.

    Several years ago I think I found a Lydia Bennet tutorial (it could have been Lizzy, but I tried it on my sister to look like Lydia’s hair style), but I have no idea how to find this again. I know that it involved doing a French twist without tucking the top in and then arranging the hair to fall in a waterfall and then curling that waterfall. I tried the 2009 Emma hairstyle in the last few years or so. With practice I think I could do it pretty easily (I am probably delusional).

    Here is an article on regency hairstyles with comparison to classical (this period inspired regency fashion).

    Here is a chart showing different hairstyles for different years of the regency.

    These tutorials are for those with super long hair (mine is almost to the tops of my hips) and decently thick hair:

    Here is a bun with braids around it. Something Jane Bennet might wear. The girl had curls, but she could do them because she had what she called regency bangs.

    Here is a style with bun, curls, and braids.

    A whole set of posts of different styles from various Emma adaptations.

    Here is for medium to longish hair:

    This is the 2009 Emma hairstyle.

    General regency.

    Lizzy Bennet.

    For short:

    Here is how one lady mimics a regency look.

    I do believe that the short almost pixie style, which Lady Harriet Cumnor in Wives and Daughters (post Regency) sports, is in vogue with a few in the Regency. UGH. I do not like or advocate this style then or now (especially not now) as it is VERY unfeminine.

    Anyway I hope you enjoy these hair style tutorials. I think I will definitely try some soon . . . and I will try to post photos.