Styling a 18th century Hedgehog

This weekend during the historic picknick I got quite a few coments on my hair (even though my sister got more), and since I normaly have short red hair, I had to confess I was wearing a wig.
Not very unusual for 18th century dress up, were you need tons of hair arranged in complicated ways to get the right look.

I only own one wig that is remotley sutable for 18th century, and it is in a poor state. (you can read about my previous attempt at styling the thing Here)


I have ordered Demodes new book on 18th century hair styling, but since it wont arrive in yet another month, I figured I had to try to remodel the wig on my own.

So two nights before the picknick I rolled the wig onto pin curls. Starting with the attached ponytail in the back.IMG_8553


Then I held it under water for a while to get it totaly soaked, and then put it in the owen to heat.IMG_8603I put the owen on 50-75c and left it for about 3-4 hours.

When I took it out it was still wet, and I let it sit over night and the next day.

When I got home from work I started to unrol the curlers.IMG_8659And the curls where so strong they didn’t move an inch.IMG_8661

The wig right after I removed the curlers.


I used my fingers to mes up the curls and to gove them some bounce.

This is how it looked when I put it on the day of the picknick

And finaly finished and styled with a bow and hat.IMG_8791All and all I’m pretty pleased by the result, but I would have liked it to look softer in the front hairline to make it les wigy. Hopefully the new book will help me with that.



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