2 years ago I made myself a chemise a la reine dress and have since experimented with the big 1790's hair to complete the look.
|My chemise a la reine . With some fake curls peeking our from underneath the hat!|
|my first attempt at a hedgehog hair do|
So since I'm lazy by nature and do not enjoy spending 4 hours on my hair at 6am, I decided I needed a wig to go with my 1790's outfits.
Now when I say they had big and crazy hair in the 1790's I'm not lying, just look at these gems of hairdressing art!
|Queen Louise of Prussia with some fab big hair!|
|This lovely lady has less top poof but some serious mullet back length.|
|Can you say white girl Afro?!|
|Medium top poof and nice long flowing back curls.|
And here's what I did....
I started out with a long wig that I got from on ebay. Spent only $9.50 and it's a really good quality synthetic wig. It is a light brown color that matches my natural hair pretty well. These ship directly from china so you have to wait for about a month but it's totally worth it.
|The wig in it's original state|
|And after it's haircut|
|Curling supplies, a comb, some mousse and strips of muslin is all you need!|
Next I rag rolled thin narrow sections of the hair with the aid of some styling mousse. The mouse helps to keep things together while rolling, it doesn't give much hold afterwards. If you have never rag curled hair here's a short you tube video on how http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxgwbWc5Yiw.
Rag curling is a bit tricky to get right but I chose this method because it is the method they used in period and produces a distinctly shaped curl that is tighter than what you get from most modern rollers i have used, also it's cheap, all you need is some scrap material torn into strips.
|All Rolled up!|
|I ran out of muslin after a while....|
I used about 80 rags and spent over 2 hours rolling them up. I used bigger modern rollers on the long section in the back wanting looser curls but you could also just use bigger sections of hair with the rags as well.
Next I took my rolled up wig to the kitchen placed it in a large bowl and poured boiling water over it and let it sit for a while.
|Give the wig a nice bath in boiling water.|
|After taking the curlers out, before styling.|
|looked like a clown mullet|
Here's the first result:
|White girl Afro mullet!|
I wasn't too happy with it. It looked a bit too round and high and the hair in the back was curled too tightly. I felt I looked more like Foxxy Cloepatra than lady Hamilton.
|Good! Lady Hamilton, famed Regency Beauty.|
|Bad! Foxxy Cleopatra , Austin Powers Sidekick.|
So I did some tugging and pulling and restyled the back curls by relaxing them with hot water, and added another sash. and this is the end result.
|Much better, still frizzy but less poof!|
|I like the side view|
|And the relaxed curls in back.|
Next time I will roll larger sections of hair to get somewhat looser curls and I will leave more long hair in the back. I already purchased another wig from the same seller, this time in dark brown, and will try my hand at a somewhat later style.