Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Inspired By: Victorian Up-Dos

I love history and old photographs so when it dawned on me this past weekend that I could use Pinterest to look at more than just pretty pictures of cosmetics, perfume and unrealistically perfect dream homes I found myself lost for hours studying daguerreotypes from the 19th century. 

If you've been reading Getting Cheeky for some time you'll be familiar with the fact that I'm madly in love with 19th century literature, and as such it's only natural that a healthy fascination with the time period follows. I always find myself fascinated by complex braided hairstyles and up-dos from a period during which a woman's unique expression of her own beauty was often limited to hair alone. From curls and braids to thick pinned back styles, flowers, bonnets and all manner of accessories there is no denying that women in the 19th century knew their way around their hair long before serums, heat protecting sprays and electrical curling irons had even been imagined. 

What does this impress upon me? For one thing I need to make a more concerted effort to appreciate my thick, long hair and endeavor to be more creative. Suddenly my hastily pinned back chignons and messy up-dos seem all together inadequate.

What time period is most inspirational to you where hair styles are concerned?