I had at least one reader request a "how to" post on the Regency hairstyle I did on Charlie for The Doll Wardrobe's photo contest (which I didn't win, by the way...but that's okay. I had a great time taking the pics and being involved.). :) Thankfully, I had the foresight to take pics as I worked on her hair, so I didn't have to go back and try to figure out how on earth I'd done it. ;)
I drew inspiration for this hairstyle partially from the way Catherine Morland, as played by Felicity Jones, wore her hair in the 2007 version of "Northanger Abbey".
I also took some ideas from this YouTube hair tutorial.
I started by choosing a piece of ribbon that matched Charlie's outfit and was long enough to go around her head. I put it on her head like a headband, leaving some hair in the front:
After the ribbon was secured with the bobby pins, I put all of Charlie's hair (except for the two front portions in the claws) into a ponytail.
Once her hair was in the ponytail, I twisted it into a bun and secured it with several more mini bobby pins.
Next, I took one of the front strands of hair and twisted it:
Once it was completely twisted, I brought it around her head and rested it on top of her bun. Then I tucked it around her bun and secured it with more bobby pins.
I then repeated the process on the other side.
And here's the finished result:
A bit messy, I know. :} Next time, I think I'll probably spritz her hair down with my little spray bottle from American Girl. That should help with the flyaway hairs.
Still, it was just right for a Regency photo shoot. :)