#RegencySelfie: the Hair

Violet CoverViolet is on her way! And here’s the first of the posts I’d promised about how to style a #RegencySelfie. Remember, if you have yours ready, post it to the Violet Launch Party Page on Facebook. I can’t wait to see the creativity!

Now, let’s get started…



Many Regency-era portraits were done of just the head and maybe part of the shoulders. Let’s take a page from that book – it eliminates the need for an entire wardrobe change!

Get fancy with your curling iron – remember, Regency ladies loved the curls! I have a few hair tutorials in my Pinterest #RegencySelfie Board. I’ve outlined the basics below.

The ear-to-ear part is actually
a little too far back.
I end up taking care of this later,
but if you want a simple bun,
put less hair in the front sections.

Step 1. Divide out what you want to use for face-framing. In the Regency Era, hair was usually parted down the middle, then parted in the middle of the front-to-back. Also divide from the rest of the hair what you’d like for neck-framing.

Because of the extra hair in the front,
I ended up making braids to loop
around the bun — also period-appropriate,
if you wanted to get a little fancier.

Step 2. Pin up that back hair. Short hair? Curl it and pin it back! Medium hair? Twist it up and curl the ends! Long hair? Twist it into a bun! Use your favorite up-do, or do an internet search for some tips if you haven’t found a favorite. After the back is up and secure, grab that curling iron! Ladies during this time favored small, tight ringlets, so the smaller the curling iron the better. Don’t sweat it, though, if you don’t have a tiny one! We’re going for a fun approximation here!

Something I’ve thought of doing is pinning all of the hair up, perhaps using the braid technique to get the center-part that was so popular during this time, and then going about my day for a while. After a few hours, I always have enough fly-aways that I could curl them and get a nice #RegencySelfie in the middle of a busy day!

Step 3. Decorate as you see fit.

A string of beads or single beads on pins, or a ribbon, or a period-appropriate tiara are all options for lending a touch of drama or whimsey. Hats are great if your hair doesn’t turn out quite like you’d hoped. I took an old fabric lampshade and stuck it on my head to approximate the “cap”.

Don’t I look matronly?
It doesn’t have to look
perfect in person
to be altered for a little
#RegencySelfie magic!

Stereotypically, a white cap is seen as being worn by married women, spinsters, and widows, but really most women wore them at different times. Maybe not to a ball, but for daywear, so you didn’t have to wash your hair as often (imagine taking a bath when the water had to be heated over a fire and carried to your chamber), a cap was a necessary wardrobe accessory!


This is an incredibly easy cheat!
Ready for a stroll across a meadow!

Or, take a straw hat, add a ribbon, and you have an insta-bonnet!