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.