Regency Hair

Sorry for the long hiatus. It’s been an interesting year, and unfortunately, with a limited amount of time, this blog has suffered. But I’ve been working hard on finishing my book and it’s getting really close!!

Part of the process of getting ready to publish my book is working on the cover. Colleen Oakes, a friend and author, has graciously been offering tips and advice and help in getting my book off the ground. She mentioned that a cover with a person on it gives a potential reader someone to identify with. So, being mindful of my budget, I’ve decided to DIY it. Sort of. 

I’m making a dress for my model, a friend from church, to wear. I’ve been researching patterns, underpinnings, accessories, and hair from the Regency period. Today, I’m going to share a possibility for how to style my friend’s hair. 
I started by watching a LOT of tutorials. Find them here, here, here, and here. I’ve taken pieces from each and come up with this. 
I started by sectioning off the front and back, and putting the rest into a snug ponytail. 

I forgot to take a pic before I started rolling. Here’s a side-view:

Don’t mind my greys. I’m working on a coffee-coloring method…future post???
You could use rag-curls for a more accurate method, or a curling iron for a quicker method. I’ll probably use an iron with my model, but I had the time today, since my youngest is home sick with a fever. I curled the ponytail with a looser curl, mostly to help and stick-out ends look a bit more polished. The rest I used slightly smaller curlers, for a more traditional ringlet. 

…and the side:

Did laundry like this, and some sewing, too. Finally, I got impatient and started removing the rollers. 

I divided sections of hair, teased them, and rolled them into loops.

I left the slightly curly ends out.

Next time, I think I won’t, but I’ll also have less hair inside the ponytail, and tease that hair to make a larger bun. 

Now to the front. Here’s where I’d really love some feedback from you. 

I got some really great curls, and pinned them back to add interest and finish (I hope!) to the bun. 

The hair in the back curled really well:
…and I divided it into smaller curls…

…and ended pinning those up, too. 

Can’t see it too well in this pic, but there are little curls on the under-side of the bun. 

Now to the front again. 
Side-curls looking ok… Not really even. A curling iron could fix it, but I was being lazy. 

Yikes! They came out as the back curls, all tight together, and when I started separating them, they were ok, but uneven. So I wondered what would happen… I’m not a fan; what do you think? I used some smoothing hair stuff and re-grouped my curls. 

And still didn’t like it too much. So I left a tiny curl down on each side and pinned it all back. 

I’m thinking next time, I’ll keep sections of longer hair down in front, to frame the face, and also the pieces by the ears. 
Here’s my question: what do we do with modern bangs? Can they be styled accurately? Or should we just incorporate them into the longer hair and pretend they aren’t there?
I’m hoping to post on my adventures in making Regency underpinnings next. 🙂