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Victorian Evening Hairstyles

 

Feather

Feather was my first subject. The goal with her style was to come close to the styles shown in Harper’s Bazar on February 12th 1876. (If you have a copy of the Dover book it is on pg 81.)

The creation of the curly hairpiece (from part 1) was very important. Feather has very long hair and it would be impossible to get those top curls with long hair.  

(To view the slideshow, click on the first picture, then hover the mouse pointer over the top right of the photo and click "next".)

Feather has no bangs and fairly long hair but before this I never knew how long. This is how long. It has some natural curl. The first step after the addition of hairspray is to make a center part.
Feather has no bangs and fairly long hair, but before this I never knew how long. This is how long. It has some natural curl. The first step after the addition of hairspray is to make a center part.
The front hair is separated from the back with a part that runs from the end of the center part down to the ear. The front hair is divided a part about half way up. 4 and 5 are repeated on both sides. The sections are clipped to keep them separate and out of the way.
 The front hair is separated from the back with a part that runs from the end of the center part down to the ear.  The front hair is divided a part about half way up. This is repeated on both sides.  The sections are clipped to keep them separate and out of the way.
The hairpiece is unpinned from base. The hairpiece is examined for the best position. This information is important for future steps. Most of the remaining hair is pulled into a ponytail
 The hairpiece is unpinned from base.  The hairpiece is examined for the best position. This information is important for future steps.  Most of the remaining hair is pulled into a ponytail.
This ponytail is braided. The braiding is stopped and banded with a color match rubber band about 9” from the end. The front sections are wetted with a spray bottle.
 This ponytail is braided.  The braiding is stopped and banded with a color match rubber band about 9” from the end.  The front sections are wetted with a spray bottle.
Setting gel is added to the hair. It is added at the ends and the base. Using Duck Bill Hair Clips first the side hair is clipped into a wave to dry.
 Setting gel is added to the hair.  It is added at the ends and the base.  Using Duck Bill Hair Clips first the side hair is clipped into a wave to dry.
Then the top hair is clipped into a wave. Feather let me pull out and cut a small amount of hair for front curls. The end of the braid was also wetted, gelled and set into a wave. It was held in place over a piece of cardboard cut to the right size and covered with cardboard. This is what it looked like after clipping.
 Then the top hair is clipped into a wave. Feather let me pull out and cut a small amount of hair for front curls.  The end of the braid is also wetted, gelled and set into a wave. It is held in place over a piece of cardboard cut to the right size and covered with cardboard. This is what it looked like after clipping.
The new bangs were set in pin curls. After the hair was dry and un-clipped it was pulled back with the extra hair pinned into large curls and held with large crossing bobby pins first the lower sections where done first then the top sections. The large bobby pins will not show because they will be covered with the hairpiece. The back was smoothed and re-sprayed and held back with color match clips.
The new bangs were set in pin curls. After the hair was dry and un-clipped, it was pulled back with the extra hair pinned into large curls and held with large crossing bobby pins. The lower sections were done first, then the top sections. The large bobby pins will not show because they will be covered with the hairpiece. The back was smoothed and re-sprayed and held back with color match clips.
 Feather’s braid was twisted and the unbraided end brought out the bottom. This was held in place with just a few hairpins. A switch of synthetic hair was pinned into place. The switch was added in the middle of the existing chignon.
Feather’s braid was twisted and the unbraided end brought out the bottom. This was held in place with just a few hairpins. A switch of synthetic hair was pinned into place. The switch was added in the middle of the existing chignon.
The switch was wrapped around and held in place with long hairpins. The hairpiece was added and pinned into place with hairpins as well. This is the finished hairstyle before the decorations, makeup and jewelry.
The switch was wrapped around and held in place with long hairpins. The hairpiece was added and pinned into place with hairpins as well. This is the finished hairstyle before the decorations, makeup and jewelry.

 

 

The finished hairstyle shown from the side opposite the decorations. The hairstyle shown from both sides with head tilted back. Feather shown from the side front and the side.
The finished hairstyle shown from the side opposite the decorations. The hairstyle shown from both sides with head tilted back. Feather shown from the side front and the side.

 

 

 

 

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lahoo88  
5 Bustle Era Hairstyles   Absolutely fabulous.  
 
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gaelle  
5 Bustle Era Hairstyles - Deborah's Style   Fabulous and incredible to can do it at home. For me il was reserved to movie professionals.  
 
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lynnmcmasters  
5 Bustle Era Hairstyles   Bess, I found this link for a UK wave iron seller.
http://www.ukhairdressers.com/store/details.asp?ID=BAB2267MU
Lynn
 
 
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eggiebert  
5 Bustle Era Hairstyles - Claudine's Style   It's wonderful to have the hairstyles broken down into manageable slices. When I looked at fashion plates before it was all just masses of hair with no distinction. This was very helpful!  
 
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eggiebert  
5 Bustle Era Hairstyles   Also, what were the finished dimensions of the bang lace? You discovered in one of the pieces they should be wider to have good coverage, but how wide in the end?  
 
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lynnmcmasters  
5 Bustle Era Hairstyles   The lace or netting was about 6" by 2.5. The curls hang over another inch on each side. Lynn  
 
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myladyswardrobe  
5 Bustle Era Hairstyles   Thanks for the link Lynn. I was looking everywhere and couldn't find it!!  
 
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eggiebert  
5 Bustle Era Hairstyles   Thank you so much for the follow up on the finished size. I had one started with about 4" finished tied on, but I still have enough to tie on more on each side.  
 
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valarie  
5 Bustle Era Hairstyles - Feather's Style   Thank you so much for the breakdown in these styles. I would have to use an entire wig but this gives lots of ideas of what to do with it.  
 
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lynnmcmasters  
5 Bustle Era Hairstyles   Valarie, Full wigs are much hotter and it is often difficult to hide the edges. If your hair is at least 3 to 4" long you should be able to get away with chignons and small hairpieces. Lynn  
 

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