So, a potentially crazy idea… A conversation at Costume College got me thinking about the possibility of writing a book on 18th century hairstyling (and makeup?) — using modern techniques to achieve a historically accurate look, working with your own hair, adding false hair, and wigs. Now, this could be a lot of work, so it wouldn’t really be worth the time unless people would buy it.
Here’s what I picture:
- Something along the line of Lauren Rennells’ fabulous book on vintage hairstyling
- Start with some history, include lots of pictures and source material (if possible? gotta look into that whole public domain images thing)
- Go over some basic your-hair styling techniques, like ways to curl your hair, tease, etc.
- Go over some semi-advanced wig/false hair styling techniques, like different ways to curl/straighten synthetic hair, ways to create volume, ways to create rolls, how to attach wigs/false hair to your head, how to match colors, how to not look like you’re wearing a Wig, how to adapt a wig for different hairlines, etc.
- Step by step instructions that walk you through hairstyle for different eras — I picture 1-2 styles for each decade, with some info on variations
- Hairstyles would be those worn in France and England (there’s some differences b/t the two, and lots of similarities) — the English stuff could be extrapolated to those doing American
- Possibly 1-2 styles that are appropriate for lower/middle classes, but most would be upper class styles — I would talk about ways to tone things down if you’re doing middle class
- Mostly I’m picturing this focusing on women, but it could also talk about men’s styles
- Possibly including some brief info on creating an 18th c. makeup look using modern products
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And, in case you aren’t a regular reader of this blog, here’s some examples of hairstyles and wigs that I’ve done: