Yesterday was the Jane Austen Festival in Louisville, KY. I will save all of the juicy details of the festival for another post, but in the mean time, I want to give you a brief tutorial on how to get that wild 1790's hair-do. My hair has a slight natural curl, but on most days, the best effort my hair gives is a half-hearted wave at my temple. I wanted a LOT of curl, so I resorted to something that women have done in the past to achieve that: the pin curl.
I remember my grandmother patiently pin curling her hair ever night. And when I say patiently, I mean it. It took me close to 45 mins. to pin curl all of my hair. My arms felt like they were going to fall off by the end of it. (Note: It helps if you have shorter pieces of hair around the front part of your face if you want to achieve this look, but the effect could still be captured even if your hair was all one length. You might just need to pin up some of the long front hair at the very end so that it looks shorter.)
The first thing I did, was wash my hair. Then, while my hair was wet, I thoroughly doused it with mouse and parted it down the middle.
And the veiw from the back.
And, finally, the veiw from the front. Soft, and messy...just how the 1790's like it!