If you, like many others, have fallen in love with Netflix’s Bridgerton after binge-watching it recently, we know exactly how you feel. The beautiful historical details are well worth watching, and you might be tempted to try to bring some of those small details into your own life.
In which case, why not give a historically-inspired updo a go?
Go for a Braided Updo
Intricate braids are timelessly beautiful. In the Renaissance era, braids represented marital status, with married women wearing their hair in braids. You can create a soft, romantic look by mixing thicker braids with very thin ones and crisscrossing them over the back of your head. This takes a bit of effort, but it works beautifully for an event.
Whether we’ve wanted to or not, a lot of us have been growing our hair long for the past couple of months. Luckily, you can take advantage of your newly long locks by braiding them!
Long hair does require a lot of maintenance to keep the ends looking neat. Use a deep-conditioning treatment at least once a week, and make sure you always use heat protection spray to keep it looking healthy.
Back in Bridgerton-times, they didn’t have the same technology that we have now. To create waves and curls, they would have used braiding techniques. Before you go to bed, wrap up your hair in tight plaits, and leave them to dry overnight. This will give you soft, naturally textured curls that will feel much closer to the time period. Plus, it’s easy to do!
Go for a Half-Updo
For something more casual, try a half-up, half-down look. Create a small bun and ‘wrap’ it with a braid, leaving loose tendrils at the back and around your face for a soft, romantic look.
A crown braid is a perfect tribute to Renaissance style. They can, however, take a bit of practice to get them just right. Look for a good tutorial on YouTube, like this one, which can take you through the process step-by-step.
Create Tumbling Waves
For an ethereal, romantic look, try to create soft, tumbling waves. This works really well for longer hair, and it’s perfect if you don’t have as much time as you would need to create intricate braiding. Use a curling wand but go steady – you don’t want curls that are too tight here. Use a texturising spray to help your curls stay for longer, finish the look by braiding the front sections of your hair, and wrap them around the back to meet in the middle.
Pearls were prominent in the Renaissance era, and that includes hair accessories. While most of us probably can’t get away with wearing large, intricate headpieces to the supermarket or the office, we can grab a pearl barrette or pearl-adorned hair grips: both pretty and a nice nod to your latest Netflix obsession.
However, if you want to style yourself, and your hair is a big part of that, the expert hairdresser team at Alchemy & I in Berkhamsted have the experience and expertise to get it right!