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.
The braid hairstyle is made without hairties or hairpins!
- a long ribbon
Part your hair down the middle. Braid the hair adding one half of the ribbon to one strand of the braid.
Secure the braid as in the picture: Form two or three loops with the ribbon and draw them tight round the braid.
Braid the other braid adding the other half of the ribbon.
Cross the braids over your head.
Tie a bow at the back of the neck.
Hide the ends under the braids.
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.
Here you’ll find my tutorial for a Victorian and a Natural Form braided updo.
12 thoughts on “16th Or 17th C. Braided Hairstyle – Tutorial”
A great style… and good instructions for doing one. Thank you. 🙂
Thank you! 🙂
So cute! I am New and enjoying your blog!
Glad you like my blog! 🙂
This is so cute. I love it! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
Gorgeous Braids you are so talented Lina
Thank you, Amber! 🙂
This is really cute, It would be so neat and tidy under their hats I can imagine it was an easy way to manage their long hair.
I know this is ages old, but I can’t resist asking… how do you keep it crossed at the top? My hair’s heavy enough that every time I move my head the braids are sliding all over the place.
Thanks for stopping by, Edana! 🙂 Draw the ribbon tight before you tie it into a bow so that the braids are close to the head. Or you could try hair taping – hair taping was popular in the medieval era: the braids were “sewn” to the head with ribbon. There are some great videos on youtube about hair taping, such as this video. And the hairstyle doesn’t work very well with freshly washed hair. 😉
You can also move the braids more to the front so that it looks like modern milkmaid braids. And feel free to secure the hairstyle with two or three hairpins or bobby pins where the braids are crossed. I hope this helps!