V201: How To Make a Hedgehog Hairstyle With Your Own Hair

Jul 19, 2012 14 comments
The late 18th century "hedgehog" hairstyle is one of the easiest coifs to create, though is can seem daunting at first.  You can create this style on wigs or hairpiece, but also on your very own hair, and here's how:

You will need:

  • Chin-length or longer hair  (if you are using your real hair)
  • Setting lotion (like Lotta Body)
  • Curlers
  • A variety of brushes
  • Teasing comb or brush
  • Hairspray
  • Hair extension

1) First, curl your hair.  I find that a wet-set works the best because you want a very strong, tight curl.  Wrap your hair in the smallest curlers you have, then let it dry - sleep on it, or sit under a hood dryer until completely dry all the way through the curl.

2) Brush out the curls - I start with a regular brush with plastic brushy-bits, but then to go super fluffy, I use a bristle brush.

3) Next, start teasing/back combing your hair.  I like to use either a teasing bristle brush, or a rat-tail comb.  The goal here is to tease the base of the hair, and leave the curly ends in tact.  You are forming a matted, full rat over your scalp, upon which the curls will rest.

For big-ass volume, you can use rats, bump-its, or any height-inducing device, and work your hair over it.   Be sure to spray the heck out your hedgehog - upside down works great, to maintain height.

Tease, and add an extension
4) Lastly, pin or clip in an extension piece, for the long tail ladies often wore with hedgehog styles.  I like to use hanks of ponytail hair, or braid hair, found at Sally Beauty Supply (any local beauty supply will have them).  You can go for a single curl, a double curl on each side, a cadogan loop (you need very long braid hair for this), two straight hanks on each side, a straight hank down the back - lots of possibilities and opportunities to customize your 'hog.
The Finished Look
5) Now add your hat, head wrap, flowers, giant bow, whatever you like, and you're done!


  1. As always, your information is great -- so glad you are so generous with your knowledge and experience!

    1. I figure there are other girls out there trying to figure this stuff out too!

  2. Sponge curlers ROCK for getting the body you need for historical hairstyles. I like to also spray my wet hair with a curling gel as I'm rolling for staying power for my fine, straight hair.

    1. Yes indeed! Great tip about spraying with setting gel while rolling. I am going to try that

  3. This is a fabulous tutorial! I am definitely going to buy some of those mini rollers! And the final pictures at the end are wonderful, you look just like the subject of a Reynolds or Gainsborough painting!

    1. Thank you. Good luck! For a setting lotion, you can't beat Lotta Body. Work it into your hair thoroughly before rolling.

  4. For very tight curls no matter how short or long your hair, try rag curls. Use the rag like you would a roller wrapping your hair around the middle of the rag and tying the ends together in a knot. Can't tell you just how tight the curl will turn out, but every time I do rag curls, my hair looks like an afro when combed! Women have been curling their hair with rags for centuries.

    1. Yes indeed. I have trouble with rag curlers, but I've seen others do it with amazing results.

  5. I use a "wrapping" spray from the ethic section, I forget what it's called but it works ok, little crunchy though. I'm going to have to find some Lotta Body. Does teasing your hair that much damage it? I have really fine hair and breakage is a concern. Also, tip for getting the curls out once you are done: spray with leav-in conditioner then gently brush or comb through, but don't sleep in the hair-do without a silk scarf covering it, you will be visiting the hairdresser for a cut to get out the matts!

  6. I can't use the foam rollers. Rag curlers are the only thing that curls my hair, it's so straight. Great post!

  7. WOW -- I am just discovering your site and having so much fun reading your tips and tricks. Very impressive and beautiful clothes... hair... and model!
    One more trick... instead of foam or rag curlers, which are the best, but can take longer to dry, get some super-narrow perm rods and roll up your hair in the smallest bits you have patience for. GREAT for those areas where you want fullness, like behind the looser front curls you'll be anchoring.

    ALSO, with rats... there is nothing like an old knee-high stocking. Get one close to your hair color and stuff it with hair bits -- comb-outs, cheap Sally Beauty locks, etc. Easy to pin in place and holds its shape!
    Nancy N

  8. Love your hedgehog hairstyle!This is an outstanding tutorial!There are many cutest braided hairstyle.To jump on over to a website for braided hairstyles.

  9. This looks great on you, but ...Wouldn't this only work with hair that is medium length? I have waist length, very fine straight hair and I suspect this wouldn't work on me. Curls flop out almost immediately on me, no matter how much product I use. I think I will have to get a wig for this style.


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