How to Make Victorian Hairstyles

Written by jennifer marlowe
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Victorian women valued their hair more than any other feature. Thick and wavy locks were considered prized possessions. Many early Victorian hairstyles, however, included a severe middle part, beginning at the forehead. Later Victorian styles lend themselves more to current fashions.

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Things you need

  • 1 Hair brush
  • 1 Rat tail comb
  • Hair pins
  • Hairspray
  • Shine spray

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  1. 1

    Brush dry hair thoroughly until it's free of any tangles. Part the hair from ear to ear by creating a line across the crown. Divide the hair from this part with the front half brushed forward. Twist this front section of hair with medium tension.

  2. 2

    Coil the hair twist into a snakelike bun on the head's crown. Pin the bun in place with the loose ends of the twist hidden at the bottom. Thicker hair may require more pins and/or heavy-duty pins to keep the bun in place.

  3. 3

    Check for any loose sections of hair in this front section. If the hair is bulging out on either side of the head, for instance, brush the guilty sections upwards toward the bun, and pin in place above the ears. Brush and smooth any wayward hair in the front section.

  4. 4

    Twist the back section of hair as you did for the front. Coil the twisted hair and place the coil on top of the other completed bun. Hide the loose ends of the back twist under the bun and pin the hair securely.

  5. 5

    Brush the hair upwards around the entire head and smooth any loose strands. Check for any bulging sections and pin these sections back in place. Add hairspray and shine spray for the final touch. Victorian women often added sprigs of baby's breath or other flowers in the bun.

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