1861 Godey’s Braided Coiffure For A Young Lady – Tutorial

1861 Braided Coiffure For A Young Lady - Tutorial

Part your hair into 4 sections: down the middle, and from ear to ear.

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Braid each section.

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Cross the two braids which are nearer the back of the head, and loop them up.

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Secure the braids with hairpins.

godey's braided hairstyle tutorial

Now cross the two front braids under the pinned back braids, and pin them. Hide the ends of the braids.

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This hairstyle was published in 1861 in Godey’s Lady’s Book. Here‘s a picture of the hairstyle.

Godey's 1860s braided 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.

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3 thoughts on “1861 Godey’s Braided Coiffure For A Young Lady – Tutorial

  1. 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.

    1. 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”. 🙂

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