The Renaissance era ran from the 14th to the 17th century. During that era, the upper classes put a lot of effort into making their clothes and tending to their hair. Women in the Renaissance began to show more of their hair. During that time period, women had basically one hairstyle: long. There were no bobs, extensions or layers. Women wore their hair long with curly ringlets and often wore braids to enhance the beauty of their hair.
Below are some variations of Renaissance Hairstyles that might you can consider to wear for your formal occasions.
Dutch Crown Braids
Dutch crown braids–which you can find in Renaissance paintings and etchings–still look elegant today. The Dutch braid follows the same process as a French braid, except you plait the sections of hair under the center section, instead of over it. Part the hair from the back of your crown to the top back corner of one ear. Tie off the section of hair near the front of the head so it is out of the way. Divide the hair vertically into three sections. Make a Dutch braid around to the other ear and over the scalp. Wrap the end of the Dutch braid around the crown and secure it with hairpins
Creating a braided bun on each side of the head was another popular hairstyle during the renaissance. In modern times, the style is usually referred to as the “Princess Leia,” look. To create the style, your hair needs to be split into right and left sections. Each side should be tightly braided. The braid is then coiled around into a disk shape against the side of the head and pinned into place. This look was usually paired with a set of beaded, silk hair nets that slipped over each bun.
Hair taping achieves a look similar to braiding, but the hair is twisted rather than braided. The resulting look is slightly less structured than braids but can be equally beautiful. Starting with a small section of hair at one temple, begin twisting the strand of hair. When you are about halfway down the length of the hair, incorporate another strand, adding more and more hair until you have twisted down to the end of the hair. Repeat on the other side. When you have twisted down to the ends of the hair on each side of the head, wrap the ends up inside the crown of twists you created and pin them.
Hair Color and Decoration
Renaissance women used hair dyes and other natural elements to create colored and shimmering effects on their hair. Women with blonde and gold hair were favored, so those whose tresses were darker often dyed them. They crushed certain flowers and plants and created pastes and gels for their hair. Women began to decorate their hairstyles with gems, flowers and ribbons, often braiding these into their elaborate coiffures. Women also adorned their hair with crown like circlets.
Another hair style of Renaissance hairstyles is cascading waves. For those with wavy and very long hair, call to mind the Botticelli Venus herself with billowing waves draped down your back. Draw the hair back from your face and bind them at the crown of your head with jeweled combs, allowing the waves to cascade over one shoulder. Apply styling cream or anti-frizz serum to keep your Renaissance waves behaving as they should.
The Example Pictures of Female Renaissance Hairstyles
The above are some variations and pictures of Renaissance hairstyles for women, hope these can inspiring you to get a new different hairstyle. The Renaissance, or the period from the 14th to 16th centuries, was a time of new ideas and new technology. It was also a time of new practices in hairstyling. However, women often wore their heads covered during this period. So, many Renaissance hair styles are meant to be worn with a veil, hat or netted cover known as a caul.