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Romantic Braids

January 26, 2014

Best of Romantic hair braids and tutorials

My eyes opened to incredible beauty and versatility of  braids after watching the White Queen. The Queen’s mother’s hair styles – Jacquetta (Elizabeth Woodville’s mom) were especially impressive.

Janet McTeer and Rebecca Ferguson in The White Queen from IMBd

Janet McTeer and Rebecca Ferguson in The White Queen from IMBd

Then of course there are the fabulous plaits from Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones - D

Game of Thrones – Daenerys

Braids or plaits have been making a big comeback on and off the red carpet for the last few years. Braids have of course been around across centuries, continents, and genders; from side braids to milkmaid braids, French, waterfall, fishtails, coils, buns and chignons. Their versatility allows incredible complex styles with endless possibilities. They can also work on most lengths of hair. They’re also functional, keeping us cool and unencumbered.

As my hair is below waist length, I started having fun playing with braids.

Here are some of my favourites; some are beautiful yet easy, while others serves as elaborate inspirations.

Godey's Lady's Book, May 1866

Godey’s Lady’s Book, May 1866

Greek Coiffure – 1866

The coiffure requires no frisettes, and is both simple and elegant.  The back hair is tied rather high, and as tightly as possible; it is then divided into two equal portions, which are both plaited.  The first is arranged into two loops: the second forms the third loop, and is then twisted round the chignon and fastened underneath.  The front hair is disposed in waved bandeaux; if the hair is not sufficiently long and thick to form the plaited coronet with the end of the bandeaux, a false plaite is added and fastened under the chignon. (Image and text from Koshka-the-cat.)

Online access to Godey’s Lady’s Book

Nina Headdress, 1863, from Godey's Ladies Book.

Nina Headdress, 1863, from Godey’s Ladies Book.

Image from A Polar Bear’s Tale

Multiple braid plait.

Multiple braid plait.

Braid with flowers

Easy braid tutorial

Easy braid tutorial

Tutorial from IMGFAVE

rainbow room

Hair by Gordon Richie, Photographer McInnes

Image from Rainbow Room

Kate Middleton

Tutorial from Fashion Diva Design

More elaborate Renaissance Style

More elaborate Renaissance Style

Image from Renmoon

super easy updo

From Fashionsy Also click for lots more super easy styles.

Empress Isabel - 1548

Empress Isabel – 1548

From Superior Platform

50 braids

Image from Trendhunter

Fun idea based on a detail of the Allegory of Spring, 1482, from Sandro Botticelli – hair braid as a choker. Attach a broach to your braid.

Spring botticelli 3

mystique_art_braided_hair

jenny twoshoes

Melanie-Laurent

Melanie-Laurent

game of thrones hair styles

From Howtohairgirl

double crown braid

From Meiliwall

noir braid

From Arwendë Luhtiénë Emeldir Peredhel

Beautiful multiple strand style

Beautiful multiple strand style

From Jenny Twoshoes

Wonderful inspiration from this Doll's Hair styling

Wonderful inspiration from this Doll’s Hair styling

From Amadiz

You can of course weave into the braids pearls, ribbons or whatever takes your fancy.

pearl braid

From Boulevard Pinki

The series Vikings also brought Viking braids back into the spotlight.

vikings

Travis Fimmel's braided hairstyle

Travis Fimmel’s braided hairstyle

Images from IMDb

Viking Braid

Viking Braid

If you want to recreate this Viking hairstyle you have to start by making a regular pigtail with the hair from the top of the head. At the hairline on the back of the neck you braid the rest of the hair into the braid which is then divided into seven parts. You braid these together two, two and three. At the end the pigtail is divided into two twisted pigtails. You can read more about it from the Tollund Man.

An elegant hairstyle with a braided headband; the style mimics the hair seen in portraits and modern film depictions of Regency Era ladies.

athens style

The intricate hairstyles of the caryatids on the Erechtheion temple in Athens were recreated. From an article by ArtNews.

Roman Hair Styles

Roman Hair Styles

Janet Stephen’s tutorials on Roman hair styles is a must-see for anyone interested in elaborate braiding styles or just for the sake of interest. They are full of tips and ideas. It is actually not as difficult as it looks, though an extra pair of hands is necessary for most of the styles.

heart plait

Image from DR Redlocks

Here’s how to do the heart braid

long braid

Image via pinterest. From bobbyglam.com

Enjoy !

Beautiful plaits in a Da Vinci drawing

Beautiful plaits in a Da Vinci drawing

Also See:

10 Best Braid How to Videos on YouTube

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