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Amanda

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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

 

 

 

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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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sarcasmhime
5 Bustle Era Hairstyles
The links for Feather's and Amanda's styles are broken FYI.
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I found this site to be a good set of instructions for ventilating a wig with a latch hook.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBaTImiNUTA

Also, I am creating a blog post about how to create your own hair switches from track (or weaving) hair.

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Ventilating a Wig
I found this video very helpful to understand the latch hooking process:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBaTImiNUTA

Also, I created a post about creating hair switches on my blog: http://sewingtodistraction.blogspot.com/2013/02/making-hair-switch.html

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