When we stop and think about vintage hairstyles, we often reminisce about the iconic eras of the 20th century, looking to retro finger waves of the ’20s, rockabilly ‘dos of the ’50s and even the corkscrew curls of the ’80s. But today, we’re stepping a bit further back in time and looking at the wonderful world of Renaissance hairstyles.
While many women nowadays use bangs or layers as styling techniques to compliment their features, such things were very uncommon during the renaissance period. Rumour has it, that women would actually pluck the hair along their hairline, as larger foreheads were considered beautiful at the time.
But that’s enough fun facts for now. Read on to get inspired by the best Renaissance hairstyles around!
12 Renaissance hairstyles you need to know about
1. Braided updo
2. Half-up braided bun
When it came to fancy soirees, Renaissance women would go all out from head-to-toe (like this beauty has done, above). With a mix of braids, buns and loose, playful curls, you too can party like a noble. Credit: @blackarrot
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3. Ultra-long plaits
Not content with styling her Rapunzel-length locks in a simple braided hairstyle, this Instagrammer went for a double braided pigtail hairstyle and finished the look by binding the braids together with a smaller braid, giving the clever illusion of a far more elaborate style. Credit: @haartraum
4. Triple braided buns
5. Braid-free updo
If plaited Renaissance hairstyles seem a little too tricky for you, fear not, as there are plenty of non-braided looks that will still cause a stir.
6. Wavy half-up hair
Are you a big fan of Game of Thrones? Then you’ll be surprised to learn that the early seasons of the show used a mixture of Renaissance hairstyles to emphasise the nobility of the characters.
And, if anyone is going to convince us to give Renaissance hair a go, it’s Cersei Lannister! We adore her wavy half-up, half-down hairstyle as it shows off her lovely lengths in a practical way.
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7. Crown braid
Rule the kingdom (in style, might we add!) with this fascinating half-up crown braid hairstyle. All it takes is you mastering our crown hairstyle tutorial, here, and the odds will always be in your favour. Credit: @alex_haircraft
8. Intricate ponytail
9. Rolled updo
If an undone look isn’t really your style, opt for this polished rolled updo instead. A little roll here, a little roll there and you’ve got a sophisticated look that wouldn’t look out of place at a Renaissance fair.
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10. Wispy hair
We bet you didn’t think about looking Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa for Renaissance hair inspiration! Fit for any dignified Florentine lady, this wispy and romantic hairstyle is super easy to execute.
Wavy Renaissance hairstyles were created with the help of braids, as curling wands didn’t exist yet! So, if you want this heatless look, just sleep with your hair in plaits and take them out the next day, to wake up to strands Mona Lisa would approve of.
11. Pearl hair accessories
You can’t talk about Renaissance hairstyles without mentioning hair jewellery. Yep, a look during this time certainly wouldn’t be complete without some scattered diamonds, as it was seen as a sign of wealth.
While you might not be able to get your hands on real diamonds, you can easily give your mane a Renaissance vibe with a some pretty pearls, like this.
12. Renaissance headdress
While most Renaissance women rocked their hair out in braids and loose curls, elsewhere in Europe, women would hide their tresses underneath elaborate headdresses.