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.
Then I held it under water for a while to get it totaly soaked, and then put it in the owen to heat.I 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.And the curls where so strong they didn’t move an inch.
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.All 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.
4 thoughts on “Styling a 18th century Hedgehog”
Very nicely done. Loved how you just popped it in the oven. Genius idea. 🙂
But I must confess – the idea with using the oven wasn’t mine. I read it in internet (can’t remember where), and thought to give it a try.
Still a grand idea. 🙂
oven idea is great….you r a genius