Regency Variation

This style is a variation on the basic Regency upsweep that I demonstrated first. To create this hairstyle, you will part the front section of your hair (over your ears) in the center and “reserve” the sections of hair on either side of your face while you are fixing the rest of the style. I find that this style works best on damp hair (not wringing wet, but nearly dry). If you have fine or flyaway hair, I recommend scrunching it with some lightweight styling gel. If your hair is not naturally curly, you can curl it first or sleep in pincurls. Here we go!

Part the front section of your hair in the center. You are not creating a part that goes all the way to the back of your scalp — just through the section of hair over your ears.

Leave the parted sections of hair hanging on either side of your face, and gather the remaining hair into one hand, as if you were going to make a low ponytail on the back of your head.

Twist the ponytail up the back of your head, just like you are going to make a French twist. Secure the twist all the way up with bobby pins.

Take the “leftover” hair at the end of the twist and arrange the curls artfully on top of your head, securing the mass with bobby pins, as shown below.

OPTIONAL: Tie a wide ribbon around your head, knotting it or making a bow at the base of the skull in the back. Also secure the ribbon on each side of the head with a bobby pin (the bobby pin will be covered by hair in a moment and will not show).

Pull the remaining hair back around the side of the head (over the optional ribbon if you’re using it). Cross the section of hair over the center twist on the back of the head and secure it with a bobby pin or two beneath the mass of curls on top. Pin the “leftover” curls from the end of the strand into the mass of curls. Repeat for the hair on the other side of the face.

Ta-da! Now you have a beautiful Regency updo! This style is really very easy to do. I can do my hair in under three minutes this way. With a little practice, you’ll be able to do the same!

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  1. On August 18, 2008 at 6:07 pm, Katarina Carreen wrote:

    I tried this “updo” on my sister yesterday. Her hair is very curly, so this style worked perfectly for her! I added a wide pink ribbon, and it looked beautiful — so light and fun, without being childish. Thank you so much for a wonderful hairstyle!

  2. On August 23, 2008 at 10:08 am, Allison wrote:

    I tried this hairstyle on my friend. I had to curl her hair, but it turned out awesome!!!! She loved it!!!


  3. On October 12, 2008 at 7:35 pm, Katie wrote:

    I have naturally wavy hair that I recently cut pretty short. I had to use a lot of bobby pics but this is a style I can still do and it looks super cute still! Thanks for the instructions!!!!

  4. On March 26, 2009 at 1:27 pm, Amber wrote:

    I absolutely love this hairstyle! I used it for my high school’s production of The Music Man- the step by step instructions were so easy! I wore this style under a hat occasionally- it worked fabulously! Everyone loved it! Thanks so much!!!

  5. On August 4, 2009 at 3:46 pm, Natalya wrote:

    I love the old Jane Austen movies and this hairstyle goes so perfectly with my evening gown. (from Sense and Sensibility patterns)Thanks Mrs. Chancy!

  6. On October 24, 2009 at 12:30 pm, McKenna Rosen wrote:

    I’m going to wear this style of hair with the dress I made from your pattern tonight, Mrs. Chancey. We’re going to a costume thing and I can’t wait to see people’s reactions!

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