Bonnets were a common fashion accessory for many centuries, but they are a rare sight today -- making them stand out as a unique addition to any elegant outfit. Short hair is simple to style beneath a bonnet. A good brushing and some bobby pins to hold back stray hairs, and the hairdo is complete. But longer hair requires a bit more consideration and planning, to keep hair clips and elastics from looking awkward beneath the bonnet.
- Hair clip
- Brush (boar’s hair brush recommended for maximum volume)
- Bungee hair elastic
- 1 1/2-inch-wide curling iron
- Bobby pins
- 1-inch-wide curling iron
Find the center of one eyebrow and move your finger upward from this point to your hairline. Make a part along your hair at this point -- making it about 2 1/2 inches long, extending toward the center of your head. This is the side part for the chignon.
Find the center of your other eyebrow, and move your finger upward from this point to your hairline. Pull the point of a comb through your hair from this point to the end of the side part, and pull the hair in between the two parts forward. Insert a clip to hold this triangular section of hair separate.
Gather the remainder of your hair into a low ponytail at the base of your neck. Pull a brush through the hair to make sure it is smooth. Use a bungee elastic to secure the low ponytail.
Divide the hair in the ponytail into three sections, and wrap one section at a time around a 1 1/2-inch-wide curling iron. Hold for a few seconds and then release. This creates a gentle wave in each section with a slight curl at the bottom.
Put the three sections back together, and brush through the length of your hair.
Lift the ponytail, and backcomb through the hair with a brush. Smooth the volumized ponytail to collect any fly-away strands.
Twist the entire ponytail gently. Then hold the base of the ponytail against your head, just above the elastic. Pin it in place with bobby pins.
Twist the ponytail again. Hold the next section of hair against your head, on the left of the pinned section. Pin this section in place.
Twist gently again, and hold the next section underneath the elastic. Pin it in place. Continue to twist and pin the length of your hair, working counterclockwise. Tuck the ends of the hair underneath the chignon, and pin them in place.
Release the front section of hair. Backcomb through the section, and brush it gently toward one ear. Pin the ends in place. This creates a soft front section of hair to show beneath the front of the bonnet.
Modern, Messy Braids
Brush through the length of your hair. Then make a center part from your hairline to the crown of your head.
Gather one half of your hair in a clip, to keep it out of the way. Backcomb through the other half with a brush, to add volume and thickness. Release the clip, and do the same with the other half of your hair.
Braid each of the sections loosely, and wrap an elastic band around the bottom of each braid. Hold the ends of the braids together behind your back. Twist the two braids together loosely.
Roll the end of the twisted braids under, and continue to roll up toward the nape of your neck. Insert bobby pins to hold the twisted and rolled braids in place.
Pull a small section of hair forward, on either side of the part, to add a bit of softness around your face. This will loosen the braid slightly around your face. Use a 1-inch-wide curling iron to gently curl the front sections of your hair. Brush through each section, to relax the curl and frame your face.
- Beautiful Braids: The Step-by-Step Guide to Braiding Styles for Every Occasion and All Ages; Patricia Coen, et al
- Women's Hats, Headdresses and Hairstyles; Georgine De Courtais
- Hair Trix for Cool Chix: The Real Girl's Guide to Great Hair; Leanne Warrick
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