Part your hair into 4 sections: down the middle, and from ear to ear.
Braid each section.
Cross the two braids which are nearer the back of the head, and loop them up.
Secure the braids with hairpins.
Now cross the two front braids under the pinned back braids, and pin them. Hide the ends of the braids.
This hairstyle was published in 1861 in Godey’s Lady’s Book. Here‘s a picture of the hairstyle.
My hair seems a bit too long for the hairstyle as there’s more neck showing than in the drawing, and I’ve pinned the braids as high as I could. Maybe the hairstyle is rather for a young girl with shorter hair.
However, the hairstyle is pretty and comfortable to wear.
3 thoughts on “1861 Godey’s Braided Coiffure For A Young Lady – Tutorial”
Is there a specific name for this hairstyle? (I know Godey calls it “braided coiffure for a young lady”, but that isn’t specific.) I want to look up examples of this specific hairstyle, or rather a very similar one, but I have no idea what it would be called.
I don’t think there’s a specific name for the hairstyle. Milkmaid braids look similar. Or you could search for “Godey’s hairstyle” or “Victorian braided hairstyle”. 🙂
Yeah, the latter two definitely aren’t specific enough ? But I’ll try looking up milkmaid braids. Thank you!