Amanda’s hairstyle has two goals: first to illustrate how the decorations I showed in past sections could be worn, and second, to make sure that a large fixed chignon could be added over a medium amount of hair.
Amanda has layered hair and no bangs.
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 with a part about half way up.
The sections are clipped to keep them separate and out of the way, first the top section.
Then the bottom section.
The back hair was divided in half across the head and the top sections were pulled into a ponytail.
This ponytail is braided.
The braid is twisted to form a bun and this is pinned.
Amanda is using small needle nose pliers to bend one end of each hairpin up, like a fishhook. This helps to anchor the pins.
The bottom section of hair is twisted into a French twist and the hair is wrapped around the existing bun and anchored with hairpins.
The French twist shown from the back.
The bangs being added with hairpins.
The lower side sections being pulled back and pinned in place.
Amanda is un-pinning the fixed chignon from the wig block.
She is using hairpins to anchor the chignon from the center front first.
Working around the outside edge she adds more pins. Usually very few or none are needed along the bottom edge.
The hairstyle without decorations from the front.
Two small double ostrich plumes and a spray of vintage silk roses are added with more hairpins.
Decorated hairstyle from side.
Decorated hairstyle from back.
An alternate set of ostrich plumes and a gem with drop pearl are added in the same way. This time we pinned in two long finger curls.
A front on view of the ostrich plumes and the faux curls.
This is a better view of the pearl pins that hold the finger curls.
5 Bustle Era Hairstyles - Claudine's StyleIt'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!
5 Bustle Era HairstylesValarie, 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