Instructions for Victorian Hairstyles

Updated April 17, 2017

The Victorian era was known for elegant hairstyles that are still considered beautiful today. While complex curls are a characteristic of these styles, there are some simpler styles that are very Victorian and can add a bit of everyday elegance. These instructions are for a style called the Gibson Tuck, which is simple enough for everyday wear. The style can be decorated with combs, flowers or ribbons for a more complex look.

Pull your hair back into a ponytail.

Pull the hair apart at the top of the ponytail and form a pocket in the hair.

Flip your ponytail over the top and into the pocket. Wind your hair around in a sort of bun to get it to fit, but do not pull your ponytail through.

Secure your hair with hair clips.

Add complexity to the look by adding a comb, flowers or ribbons. You can also pull some hair from the front and curl it into ringlets with a curling iron.


Use ponytail holders that are the same colour as your hair to make them less visible. Pomade is useful to add shine and eliminate stray hairs, especially if you decide to curl your hair.

Things You'll Need

  • Ponytail holders
  • Hair clips
  • Clips or combs
  • Curling iron
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