Monday, 9 April 2018

Historical styles - 15th Century Burgundian braided updo and conical hennin

Today's hairstyle post is about historical reenactment and the Middle Ages - The updo I wore for my late 15th Century Burgundian reenactment, under a conical hennin:

I actually debuted this reenactment at a Tolkien convention, so all these pics are a Noldorin Elven version (those are actually Vulcan ears, I didn't have any Elven ears at that point xD). 15th Century Burgundian fashion wasn’t a headcanon of mine for Elven fashion before this, but I can totally see the (in my headcanon at least) quite fashion-extravagant Noldor wearing this kind of court fashion xD And the looped braids kind of showcase the pointy ears, too!


The hairstyle is something that can easily be worn under the hennin, and it’s also inspired in what can be seen of the hair (ugh for the patriarchal modesty mindsets :S) in illuminations from the time - There are examples of looped braids that show under the hennin (1, 2, 3), and examples of the hair being worn in a high bun under the hennin. In my case, it’s a braided high bun with a paranda (no foam donut in my case, although that’s another option). The two front accent braids are braided with golden cord and looped around the ear, crisscrossed and tucked around the bun. For an alternative Elven-inspired style, those front braids could also be worn hanging loose (this is actually how this Burgundian woman wears her hair, too!)
  • For this style I used:
-Comb and/or brush as needed.
-A metal-free elastic for the initial ponytail
-Paranda for the braided ponytail (or a foam donut, or both. Both resulted in an overlarge, too heavy bun in my case).
-Lots and lots of pins (open bun pins and closed bobby pins. Like, LOTS.
-Fixator, like hairspray
-Tangle Teazer to untangle the root backcombing easily and damage-free.  Baby brush to brush off the hairspray and smooth all the hair
Steps:
  •  Hairstyle:
-Separate two front sections and braid to create the accent braids. Add cord or ribbon as a decorative effect if desired.
-Pull the rest of the hair into a high ponytail - relatively high on the head in order to be able to put on the hat/headdress easily later.
-Braid the ponytail, with a paranda for added volume (tutorial here). Other options: High donut bun, unbraided, or braided bun without paranda and a donut bun in order to give more volume (a relatively voluminous bun is desirable to serve as an anchor for the hat).
-Coil the braid around the ponytail base in order to create a braided bun. I secured it with two metal bun pins - Something that looks relatively historically accurate, and that doesn't protrude much from the bun, in order not to interfere with the hat later.
-Loop the front accent braids around and over the ears, crisscrossing them at the front and coiling them around the bun.
  • Hennin:
-Wrap velvet band at the hairline and tie at the back. This band serves as anchor in order to secure the hat.
-Put on hennin over the bun. Further secure it with another velvet band tied over the base directly above the other band. This should keep the hennin from sliding back.
-Pin decorative veil over the hennin as desired.
 
 
 

More about hennin construction:



 Materials I used: Buckram/burlap fabric for the base (two layers), wire, long wood sticks (3X), dark red and gold patterned damask  for the lining, normal thread to sew it all. Gold organza for the veil and black velvet for the strips that hold the hennin in place.

Also, some tutorials I studied for this project: Steeple hennin , truncated hennin, another truncated hennin. And my Pinterest board with references.

Fabrics and materials: Gold organza for the veil, black velvet for the strips holding the hennin in place, dark red and gold damask for the lining, burlap/buckram for the base, wire and long wooden sticks.

Initial fabrics test with the materials and a 'fairy/princess' conical hat I've had since I was a child xD (you see the veil from that costume hat popping out there)

Cutting out the shape for the base (two layers):

Initial test of the hennin form with the two layers of burlap cloth and the damask:
Sewing long wood sticks to the first layer of the burlap base to keep the shape and stop the heavy fabric (plus the lining afterwards) from buckling under its weight

Sewed a second layer of burlap over the first one, and added wire around the circumference to further help keep the shape.



Damask lining, and the hennin is complete! Veil is held in place with pins (decorative or not), and velvet strips (one over the hair and beneath the hat, the other over it) keep the hennin in place. The velvet strips I tie at the back of the head and that really keeps the hennin secure with no need for further support.
 
Also sewed the U-front hook that helps adjust the hennin as well:


 Another final test at the Tolkien con while wearing another Elven cosplay:

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Friday, 6 April 2018

LHC Winter Swap 2017 :)

This awesome box arrived yesterday (after more than a month fighting with customs, alas) from fellow Long Hair Community member PixieP, as part of our annual Winter swap :) So today's post is basically a pic spam about all the awesomeness she got me xD And because we share fandom likes, she got me geeky stuff as well as hair stuff :D <3



Non-hair-wise, there were Norwegian chocolates, arm-warmers, a pair of Elven prosthetic ears (that will come in handy because I'm actually Elven-cosplaying this weekend :D), make-up stuff in lovely greens and blues and gold, a feminist poster she wrote <3, a lovely Moon necklace, Gryffindor and Ravenclaw (go Gryffinclaws :D!) bookmarks (now featured in the HP area of my bookcase), and my first ever Funko, a Star Trek Beyond Spock :D  He's now happily - I mean, logically xD - settled in the Star Trek+Star Wars area of my bookcase ^^
 

 




Hairwise, there's Argan oil, which I've never used on my hair before, excited to see how my hair feels about it ^^ 

A red paranda with leftover yarn (how did she know I was thinking about making a red paranda, but was too busy (and lazy) to do it xDD?)
 

A lovely leafy tiara/hairband, which I'm totally going to use for Elven cosplays ^^ 


Two gorgeous fakkares in gold and silver <3 I didn't have any and they seem to hold my hair really well!
 


Will post action shots asap! Thinking of wearing the leafy circlet this Sunday as part of my Lúthien cosplay, alongside the ears, and looking forward to properly trying the fakkares and paranda ^^

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Length hairstory - 2011 and classic

You can find an abridged version of my hair journey from 2010 in the 'My hairstory' page. This is the first of a series of individual posts that's basically about a bit more detail about my hair growing over the years, plus a pic spam of length shots xD
Previous post: 2010 hair.

Now back into haircare thanks to the Long Hair Community (I always kept my hair free of tangles, microtrimmed from time to time and found out about aloe vera, and cassia and tea-rinses), my goal in 2011 was to grow the shortest parts of my uneven hemline to classic and then trim my hair in a straight hemline. Thanks to my new haircare routine, I slowly regained most of the thickness I had lost 'thanks to' my not-so-benign neglect of the few years before, and finally achieved a blunt hemline at classic in August 2011 :D. I was really happy with my hair at this point (and I've recently achieved a similar hemline by cutting from knee to fingertip after going through a pretty bad shedding during 2016):

This pic from August 2011 is officially one of my fave hair pics:
 Pic spam of 2011 in hair:

  • January-February 2011: A little more than a month after I joined LHC, the longest parts of my hair got to classic length. But my hemline was too uneven to my liking because of a former inexperienced microtrim. Already regaining quite a lot of lost thickness back (taking good care of your hair really does wonders):
  •  April 2011: I must have microtrimmed the side a bit by this time, because the hemline was looking a bit straighter in Spring 2011 pics, but it became quite uneven again by June:

  • June 2011: As you can see (if you can with that horrible lighting xDD), my hemline had become quite uneven again. I decided to wait until all the shortest parts of my hair reached solid classic before trimming the hemline, though:
 

  • July 2011: Uneven part of the hemline can't be seen from this angle (the perspective of quite a lot of 2011 pics are fooling me with the uneven hemline business xD), but very nearly at classic (with the longer part of the hemline already past it):
 
  • August 2011: Trimmed the hemline at solid classic (approx. 1"). Before the trim, the left part of which had been a bit past classic and the right part nearly at fingertip!  Personally, I think my hair, which is naturally not very voluminous even if ii/iii in density, looks the best with a blunt hemline like this one, it's when it looks thicker: 
July - August - September 2011


  • September 2011: Did a cassia treatment:

  • November-December 2011: Braidwaves and bandanna/rag curls in the ends:

  • December 2011:Still maintaining at classic. By then, my next goal was fingertip.


Druidess willow headdress test :D 


Next stop - 2012 and fingertip!

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Sunday, 25 March 2018

Length hairstory - 2010

You can find an abridged version of my hair journey from 2010 in the 'My hairstory' page. This is the first of a series of individual posts that's basically about a bit more detail about my hair growing over the years, plus a pic spam of length shots xD

I've always had the intention of growing my hair long, but up to 2010 I went through a few years of benign-to-not-so-benign neglect. I let it grow, and it did keep growing, but I didn't do seasonal trims to even out the hemline, and didn't disentangle correctly or as often as I needed to :S I never used heat or chemical dyes or anything, but my hair being fine-textured and pretty delicate, this resulted in my hair losing quite a bit of density and sustaining more breakage and shedding that was necessary :/ It kept growing, though - even though it's so fine-textured my hair is apparently stronger than it looks xD - But I wasn't happy with the overall state of it, of course.

By 2010 I was a bit past tailbone and going towards classic length (the longer parts of my hemline were already practically at classic) - But my hemline was uneven and thinned out.

In December 2010 I joined the Long Hair Community (LHC) and finally began to take more interest in haircare. I began to detangle my hair in a hair-friendly way and as often as it needed to be detangled :S xD, and slowly I regained the density I had lost. I planned to even out the hemline as soon as I hit classic length, which I did in August 2011. As you can see in the pics below, some parts of my hemline were longer than others; I was planning to let the shorter parts grow until they reached classic and then even it all out.


These pics are from late 2010, from when I had started to take interest in taking care of my hair again. The uneven fairytailed hemline is still there and I was slowly regaining the lost thickness (my hair has never looked as voluminous as I'd like, speaking about the ponytail circumference here):
 

Btw, I personally think fairytale ends (when one doesn't trim the hair to even out or shape the hemline) are really pretty on many people, and definitely not "worse" than blunt ends (that's a toxic issue in the long hair world, I think :S). But on me I definitely prefer a straight, blunt hemline because I favour a more voluminous look and that's the hemline that achieves it the most for my hair. Also, my 2010 fairytale ends had quite a lot of breakage, and were very uneven - it was a look that in my opinion didn't look good at all. But even when not especially uneven, fairytale ends and me don't really go along, and I prefer to cut back to a straight hemline when my ends start to fairytale appreciably. That of course doesn't mean I may think fairytale ends mean 'damage' or 'bad hair', because that's not the case, that's actually a myth. My fairytale ends back in 2010 *were* damaged, but many people maintain a fairytale end look that's 100% healthy. It's all a matter of personal preference, really.

This is from Summer 2010 (I do like that colour ^^ - It's natural highlights combined with the remaining henna sheen from my first henna'ing, which faded out):

And another pic from Winter 2010:

Bonus (not blurry!) close-up of the half-up style:

Next stop - 2011 and classic!

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