Hairstyles of the Regency Era

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Hairstyles of the Regency Era
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The reign of the Regency Era was between 1795 to 1825, when Prince Regent reigned as his father's--King George III--proxy. According to songsmyth.com, the classic Greek and Roman hairstyles were the inspiration for the majority of the Regency hairstyles. Even though hairstyling was a big factor in the social world, women would not leave their homes without putting on some kind of hat or bonnet.

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Short Hair

Shorter hair was more common than long hair due to the popularity of wigs the previous decade. The Regency Era, however, didn't use wigs, so if you had short hair, you could still be in fashion by combing all your hair to the front of your head. This particular hairstyle was called the "à la Titus." If you had hair that was of different lengths, you could put the longer part up into a bun and curl the rest.

Long Hair

All hairstyles gave the look of casual disorder. Many women would wear buns on top of their heads with wisps of hair and curly ringlets around their faces. In about 1810, women started to part their hair in the front and curl the hair into tight ringlets to hang over their ears, while the rest of the hair was put into a bun. Women often wore their hair in loose buns or "psyche knots." Some preferred to let their hair down with one big curl draped over the shoulder, as well as wearing it loose to hang down in curls over the neck and shoulders.

Men's Hair

Men of this era also gave up on the use of wigs as well as powdering their hair. They started to wear their hair short to medium length on the sides and back, but left it longer on top. They would then brush the top up for more height. Around the middle of this era, men started to wear short, curly fringe and curls down the side. Later, men started to grow sideburns--though this was the only facial hair as most men were clean shaven.

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