Hair styles for the 1880s Victorian Lady

In the January to June issue of Godey's Lady's Book and Magazine in 1880 amongst the general chitchat on ladies fashion for January the magazine took a look at the change in women's hairstyles that month and in particular, looking at what was happening in the fashion world overseas in Paris. This should give you some Steampunk wigs and coiffure-style ideas!

Hair styles for the 1880s Victorian Lady

Hair styles for the 1880s Victorian Lady

 

From left to right:

Waved coiffure; the hair slightly frizzed in front and put back straight behind the ears ; the back is arranged in loops, and a bow at the top, with gold pins stuck in it.
Coiffure arranged perfectly plain in front, with waved bang across the forehead; coil in the back, with long tress waved falling below. Tortoiseshell pins arranged in coil.
Evening coiffure, waved in front, and frizzed upon the forehead ; thick braid in back, with bouquet of flowers at top and another down near the neck.

Front and back view of evening coiffure

Front and back view of evening coiffure

The change in coiffures is very gradual here, but it is an accomplished fact in Paris, although Parisian ladies had some trouble and many a misgiving before they would give up their elaborate style of hair-dressing; now, however, the change is an accomplished fact. The hair is worn low over the brows, either in plain or waved bandeaux, or in a fringe; at the back it is coiled or plaited, so as to scarcely show above the top of the head, and leaves the nape of the neck quite free. This is the morning coiffure; for the evening it is not quite so simple. The front hair is crimped or strongly waved, or cut short and frizzled over the forehead. The back is arranged in short coils called cogues, turned round the fringes like a coil, and fastened on tightly; but over the temple it is invariably brushed -straight off. A tortoise-shell comb, not too high, is a nice finish; and large pins, with tortoise-shell heading, are also used in modern coiffures. When a flower is worn, it is placed just behind the left ear, nearly drooping in the neck. Filigree butterflies and jeweled insects are favorite ornaments. Young girls often wear their hair in waves all over the head, with a knot of loosely-coiled hair at the back. Rows of large opal beads are a favorite ornament.

Front and back view of evening coiffure, arranged in puffs, with half wreath of flowers and leaves arranged in the back. Two styles of trimming gloves for evening wear.

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