V43: 18th Century Experiments in Hair, and New $6 Neckerchief

Feb 12, 2012 5 comments
Last night I spent hours...HOURS...working on Edwardian hair styles, but I discovered that I needed more switches and hair pieces (today's work), before attempting any more of those styles.

I also tried out a 1770s "V" shaped pouf style, and had a go at creating side curls.  Here was my reference:

Here was my first shot at it:

I need to practice this a bit more, but I will do a tutorial once I've got it down.  For the time being, I can tell you that I used...

  • two oblong hair rats
  • a wiglet
  • one hair switch
  • a billion pins

...but more on this later, and other things to stick in your coif.

Also, I found this neckerchief on eBay for $6, yay!  I know the lace on it is a little young in style, but I like the thing very much.

It reminded me of this one from Colonial Williamsburg's website:

I'm off to the monthly Sacramento Antiques Fair today, hopefully to find some treasures.  The solving of Edwardian hair mysteries will reconvene next week.  :-)


  1. I think you did a great job!! Patience is not one of my virtues, so I'd probably do better with a simple Regency coiffure. But I really love the pinned curls on the side. :)

    1. I hear that. Luckily the hair gets far easier in the 1790s, heck even the 1780s are easier compared to the 1770s!

  2. I anxiously await your posts!

  3. Are you attending this event? I heard about it and sadly had already made other plans. What better place to wear the new shoes?? http://www.kvie.org/downtontea/invitation.html

    1. I wish! There was a similar event up here in Reno last summer. I got to attend it as a a guest of Lady Carolyn, who supplied the hosts with 1912 gowns, but otherwise could not afford the ticket. Hopefully there will be more events like this in the future - yes, a perfect place to show off new shoes :-)


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