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Historical Hair & Headwear

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16th Century Italian Braids by MorganDonner

Italian Braids and Curls - Hair Tutorial (with special guest star Sofonisba Anguissola!)

a short article about the WRONG 14th and 15th century headdresses :)

Hans Maler pelican hat painting. Fabulous details on Racaire's blog at embroidery.racair...

Hair pins based on a find from Finsbury Circus that has been dated to the 14th century. It has probably been used to fasten hair or a headdress. It is described in Egan and Pritchard’s Dress Accessories (one of the Museum of London books)

Need to try this with the fake hair piece I got in the artisans' swap!

Ancient Greek Hair Fashion - a 'stephanos'. Brush hair smooth. Put circlet in place. gather a section of hair from temple, lift it over the outside of the circlet, and tuck through between circlet and scalp. Brush smooth, gather new section, repeat until reaching nape. Repeat on the other side. Gather the tail at the nape, roll, and tuck in. Pin to secure.

Ancient Roman fashion dictated that the hairstyle, known as the 'tutulus', should be worn by no-one but brides.

Simply wire pearls onto bobbypins ~ cool idea for the messy up do and holiday parties...great little stocking stuffer idea, too!

Witchy Woman: How to Make Fake Hair into Braids

sewing braids into a hairstyle

About the Spanish Reticulated Caul - braid case - site is in German but has great period pictures and some reproductions

Veil Instructions by ~eqos on deviantART

This is called a coazzone, it featured a bound braid (either real or false, as in a 15th-century hair extension) that ran down the center of the back.

Now I understand coifs much better- thank you!

a false braid made from padded cloth-tubes, 15th/16th century, Kempten, Germany (Allgäuer Landesmuseum, Kempten)

The Caryatid Hairstyling Project - Athenian sculptures with elaborate female hairstyles or coiffures, unveiled and on display in the sacred and prominent location of the ancient Athenian Acropolis, invite an analysis of the preserved hairstyles to determine whether or not the sculptors invented an artistic convention or used real hairstyles of the day. Spearheaded by Dr. Katherine Schwab, the project was conducted in April 2009 to test reality or fantasy of these hairstyles.

medieval braids

Byzantine Fashion coloring book by Tom Tierney - Hairstyles and Headress of Byzantine Women