One Look to Rule ‘Em All: 24 Renaissance Hairstyles That We’re Still Crazy Over

Who needs an actual crown, tho?

If you study the art of the time, renaissance hairstyles were categorized by intricate braids, jeweled hair accessories and headgear. The French word renaissance” (literally, “rebirth”) stays true to its name with these classic looks that have stood the test of time and resurfaced time and time again, particularly these past  few seasons. While some of the headgear for women of the time, like the gable headdress, would look out of place today, the jeweled caps and berets and hair jewelry would look pretty amazing for date night, prom, wedding or any other big event on your calendar.

It’s easy to reinterpret renaissance hairstyles and create gorg, eye-catching on trend hairstyles to wear now. Here’s a roundup of our fave renaissance hairstyles to get your Tudor on:

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Shine on. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

1. Jeweled Space Buns

One of the hallmarks of renaissance hairstyles, especially during the latter part of the period, was for women to wear scattered jewels in their hair. Why not light up space buns with scattered gems, rhinestones and other shiny things to bring this trend into today’s climate?

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Oh so romantic.

2. Mermaid Waves

Young, unmarried women of the time often wore their hair loose with jeweled combs in their hair. We think this look looks fab, regardless of age or marital status (!). If waves are up your alley, use this tutorial to create envious mermaid waves. Before placing the curling wand anywhere near your hair, spray on a shield that protects your hair against potential heat damage. Dove Style+Care Smooth & Shine Heat-Protection Spray is a lightweight leave-in conditioner that also acts as a barrier against heat damage.

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Regal. Photo Credit: Dvora

3. Box Braid Updo

Heavy lies the head that wears a crown… unless they’ve got a box braid updo to keep it steady! This beautiful and intricate box braid updo can be worn with or without additional ornamentation. When your hair is in a protective hairstyle like box braids, Nexxus Oil Infinite Nourishing Hair Oil with its blend of six oils including African Marula and Amazonian Babassou oils, gently nourishes hair, adds shine and helps keep hair soft and manageable. To create this gorgeous look, click here for more guidance.

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Sometimes you only need one accessory.

4. Renaissance Pixie Cut

Short hair can totally carry the renaissance hairstyles vibe! Simply add a jeweled headband, a little attitude and you’ve got this! To balance the sparkle of a headband or tiara, you might want to add height to your hair. When hair is damp, add a small amount of Suave Professionals Natural Volume Mousse in your hair and comb it through. Use a small round brush to add curls to the crown and blow dry hair on low. When hair is dry, rake fingers through curls to break them up.

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Jeweled flowers never wilt. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

5. Scattered Jeweled Flowers

The more diamonds a monarch wore in renaissance paintings, the more wealth they had. Women’s renaissance hairstyles, especially hairstyles for court were all about the bling. Modernize that style with a low bun, bedecked with small jeweled barrettes or jeweled hair pins all around your crown.

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A half up that glitters.

6. Renaissance Bob

Bobs and lobs can easily get into the renaissance hairstyle groove. Try a half updo by taking front pieces of hair and bringing them to the back. Secure in place with a large jeweled barrette or comb.

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This only looks complicated

7.  Mini Snake Braids

One of the most famous artists of the Renaissance, Sandro Botticelli, painted women with long hair that had braided and curled accents. Channel one of his most famous paintings with loose snake braids. Use our step-by-step how to and rock this style on the street. If you have thin or fine hair or find that your hair slips out of braids easily, there’s a trick to make them stay and behave: Before braiding, spray on Nexxus Keraphix Dry Shampoo all over your hair and then comb through. The dry shampoo is great for refreshing hair in between shampoos. It’s weightless, contains keratin and is safe for color-treated hair. The texture also helps prevent hair from slipping out of braids, and makes strands feel thicker and retain more grip.

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Feeling Queenly.

8. Pearl Accents and Box Braids

Many rulers draped themselves in pearls, because they were so rare during that era. The more pearls you wore, the wealthier you, and in relation, your country, was. And let’s not forget how beautiful they are as well, regardless of political standing! Top your box braid updo with a delicate pearl diadem, and proceed to rule your country. #yaskween

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Who doesn’t want to be a mermaid!

9. Mermaid Braid

Long curls and braids is a hallmark in Renaissance art. Become a work of art yourself, and create a mermaid braid.  They key to this style is the appearance of full, thick hair. Start off with Catwalk by TIGI Your Highness Elevating Shampoo and Catwalk by TIGI Your Highness Elevating Conditioner, as these products help hair become less frizzy as well as smooth out strands while plumping them up with volume. Go extra princessy by scattering jeweled accents throughout the braid.

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Be a glamour queen.

10. Braided Bun

Ready for the throne room? Create a braided bun that’s highlighted with an ornate jeweled barette.

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A necklace becomes a tiara.

11. Hair Jewelry

Looking for a (relatively) fast way to make a renaissance hairstyle? Create two small side braids, wave the rest of your hair and then top off the look with a necklace. Necklaces, especially ones that have a jeweled pendant, are a very modern way to wear a diadem.

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When you feel like a princess.

12. Jeweled Headband

Adding a jeweled headband close to your part is a quick way to update your style into something regal.

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Anyway you slice it (pun-tastic), you can wear a croissant bun anywhere.

13. Croissant Bun

During the Renaissance, nobility had ladies-in-waiting to help them get ready for important events: They could create the most elaborate hairstyles. Nowadays, we rely on our besties, which is so more fun! A look like the croissant bun doesn’t need a helping hand though, and is a bun that wouldn’t look out of place in a Renaissance court—or at a festival, wedding or prom (use our tutorial to create the style at home). They type of hair accessory you use, whether it be flowers, beads, or jewels, changes its personality from festival to red carpet.

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The tiniest detail can change a style. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

14.  Side Braid Pixie

Short hair can go renaissance with a few details like an itty-bitty braid along your hairline and an embellished hair comb.

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When you don’t have to prove you’re the queen. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

15. Headband and Wisps

When women in the renaissance period wore a headdress like a gabled headdress, their hair was generally parted in the middle and kept smooth with a few wisps escaping. To get that vibe, wear a simple leather or ribbon headband and pull a few strands to flutter near your face.

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Pretty, and pretty cool to do. Photo Credit: Verity Jane Smith

16. Waterfall Bun and Braids

Every Renaissance princess needs an elaborate braid in their arsenal. Use our waterfall braid tutorial  to create the braid, and then finish it up in a bun.

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Elegant and hip at the same time, in 2018’s Color of the Year.

17. Waterfall Braids

Another way to wear waterfall braids is to create one that simply goes from one side of your head (on an angle) to the other. This look highlights a fun, lighthearted color as well, particularly an ombre. Follow the directions in our tutorial. Before styling, apply TRESemmé Make Waves Shaping Gel for bouncy curls and waves that stay.

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Half braids here and there.

18. Boho Half Braids

Ever notice that some festival styles seem to be inspired from history? This boho half braid wouldn’t look out of place in any Renaissance court. Our tutorial is easy to follow.

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Go for glam.

19. Beret

Berets during renaissance times were made often made of velvet and had elaborate trims like pearls and feathers, like first-generation fascinators. To mimic that classic vibe, look for a beret that has passemtarie trim, or is accented with pearls, or is gleaming. Create a low bun, and then add the beret.

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Double the fun. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

20. Double Headband

Two headbands, one more ornate than the other, is a great way to (literally) jazz up your hair. Hair that’s highlighted by two headbands should be smooth and shiny. S Factor by TIGI Silky Smooth Serum imparts shine while it controls flyaways and frizz.

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Yup, short hair can have fun with braids too.

21. Braided Pixie

Braids were big during renaissance times. Got a pixie or a bob? Use renaissance hairstyles for inspo, and add a small French braid to your style.

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Who needs a crown?

22. Split Crown Braid

You don’t need a tiara to be a princess—and ye olden times, most didn’t wear them unless they had a huge event. Get inspired by those princesses’ daily Renaissance hairstyles and wear a split crown braid.

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Golden threads. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

23. Metallic Headband

Take the idea of a classic Renaissance hairstyle—gleaming hair and a diadem—then make it modern and edgy with a cool, golden headband.

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Medium hair can switch to romantic Renaissance styles in seconds

24. Waterfall Braids and Curls

Medium length hairstyles, lobs, shoulder length shags and long choppy layers can easily transition into a renaissance-inspired hairstyle with waterfall braids that are created over hair that’s been curled.