This medieval braided updo is suitable for a 16th or 17th century lower class woman. 16th and 17th century lower class women always wore their hair covered with a coif, so it’s not easy to know how they dressed their hair, but they might have worn a similar braided updo according to these two 16th century paintings – a great source about 16th/17th century hairstyles + free coif patterns.
And this historical braid hairstyle is made without hairties or hairpins!
How To Make A 16th Or 17th C. Braided Hairstyle
- a long ribbon
Step 1: Part your hair down the middle. Braid the hair adding one half of the ribbon to one strand of the braid.
Step 2: Secure the braid as in the picture: Form two or three loops with the ribbon and draw them tight round the braid.
Step 3: Braid the other braid adding the other half of the ribbon. Cross the braids over your head.
Step 4: Tie a bow at the back of the neck.
Step 5: Hide the ends under the braids.
Step 6: The hairstyle doesn’t need to be secured with hairpins: The hair stays in place with just the ribbon. Today, the hairstyle is also called milkmaid braids or Heidi braids.
More Historical Hairstyle Tutorials:
- Edwardian Pinless Pompadour Hairstyle Tutorial
- Edwardian Pin Curl Tutorial – No-Heat Zig-Zag Waves
- Boho Yarn Braid Updo
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