An Experiment

I like costuming from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, commonly called the Regency Era.

I decided I was going to try to do my hair that way, too.

The look I was going for:

This is Jane Bennet from the 1995 production of Pride and Prejudice by A&E.

I didn’t quite get it:

The picture isn’t great.  No hairspray was used, so it’s very frizzy there.  I was very tired, and it was bright outside.  But, I don’t consider it a fail.  Because the look that I did get was appropriate, too.

This is Miss Wade from the latest production of Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens.  I don’t much like her character, but I got my hair to look similar to something that would have actually been.  So no, not a fail.  Very much a success.


So what did I do?  I have bangs.  Long ones, but bangs they are.  I separated my bangs (hardly damp) out from the rest of my hair, and parted them down the middle.  I divided them in four parts.  I cut a 8.5 x 11 piece of paper in four pieces lengthwise, and folded each in half.  I slipped my bang quadrants into each piece of paper, and rolled them up (*tightly*)!  I then used a bobby pin to pin each quadrant to my head and went to bed.  I was going to do more than just four, but something happens to my bobby pins!  I could only find four of them!  Humph.  A girl’s life is hard. LOL.

Many people do rag curls, and I was going to try those, but I knew with my hair the curl would be too loose.  So I used papers, which would have been the method used in the Regency, I think.  If you have seen the 1995 Pride and Prejudice, you will notice a scene in which Mrs. Bennet still has her hair in papers.  It is when Mr. Bingley comes over and no one is dressed but Kitty.  “Oh, hang Kitty!”  You know, that scene.

But anyway.  There’s my latest experiment.  ‘Twas fun, and I am in a fair way to do it again.  ♥



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2 responses to “An Experiment

  1. Oh how I do love it, Polly! Thanks awfully for posting. =) It looks lovely on you! I have done my hair in rags twice…and both resulted in frizz. ;P

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