During the Victorian era, women’s hairstyles varied depending on their social class and personal taste. Hairstyles were elaborate and often required much time and effort to create. They were often decorated with ribbons, flowers, and other ornaments. Hair was often lightened with lemon juice, and women used hair dyes to achieve a desired color. However, these dyes were often unreliable and could result in the hair being discolored or damaged. Some popular hairstyles of the time include:
The Gibson Girl
This style, popularized by illustrator Charles Dana Gibson, featured a high, poufy bun at the top of the head with soft, wavy tendrils framing the face. It was considered very fashionable and elegant.
This hairstyle featured a low bun at the nape of the neck, often adorned with flowers or jewelry. It was a popular choice for evening events and formal occasions.
This hairstyle involved gathering the hair into a bun or knot at the top or back of the head. It was commonly worn by middle and upper-class women and could be adorned with ribbons, combs, or other hair accessories.
The Waterfall Braid
A waterfall braid was a braided hairstyle that was popular in the late Victorian era. It was a braided hairstyle that cascaded down the back of the head.
The Braided Coiffure
This hairstyle featured braids that were wound around the head and pinned in place, creating a crown-like effect. It was often worn by middle-class women and could be adorned with ribbons or other hair accessories.
This hairstyle, named after Madame de Pompadour, the mistress of King Louis XV, featured hair swept upward and back, with the front combed upward and curled over. It was a popular style among upper-class women.
A fringe was a hairstyle that featured bangs that were cut straight across the forehead. It was popular in the early Victorian era and was often worn with a bun or chignon.