Bath part 6 – Hairstyles

The reason that we had to hurry back to Bath that evening was because three of us had an event that we were going to. That event was called Persuading Your Hair Regency Style, and, as can perhaps be guessed, was about hairstyles from the Regency period. Or perhaps rather, from the films about the Regency period. Because the people who did that event were both hair and makeup artists who have done lots of work on films. Unfortunately I cannot seem to be able to remember what their names were, I think they were called Colin and Felicity but more than that I don’t know. And I’ve tried looking them up, but without succeeding.

But anyway… They had both of them worked on the newest adaptation of Persuasion, and Colin had also done hair and makeup lots of other things like Lark Rise to Candleford and The Duchess, and many more. And that same day he had just come back from New York where he had apparently been working on Madonna’s new film (she’s directing it): W.E.

So what was the event? Well, what happened was Colin did two haristyle demonstrations. Two of the girls who work at the Jane Austen Center were the lucky ones who got to have their hair done, Regency style. He showed us how they work doing hair for films, talked about the various things he used, curlers and stuff like that. It was very fun to see. And it all looked so easy! When he did it that is… ๐Ÿ˜‰

This was an event for ladies only, so we were this whole room full of women sitting there jealous of the two girls who got to have their hair styled, wishing we could too!

Here are some pictures to illustrate.

Hairstyle event Jane Austen Fetival

Working on the first hair-do

Hairstyle event Jane Austen Fetival

The first one finished (please excuse the bad photos!)

Hairstyle event Jane Austen Fetival

And the backview

Hairstyle event Jane Austen Festival

Second one on the way. Apparently these things that she has in her hair here are (according to them) the best to use for making curls for styles like this.

Hairstyle event Jane Austen Festival

Still working…

Hairstyle event Jane Austen Festival

And adding the finishing touches. You see the image of a Regency lady down in the right hand corner? Well that is what he had as an inspiration for this hairdo.

Hairstyle event Jane Austen Festival

And from the back. I think it looks so pretty from the back!

After the demonstration was over we all were invited to step upstairs to the tea rooms on the top floor where a supper had been set out for us all. Having spent the whole day running around Lyme without having anything but some tea and scones to eat we were by this time starving! So supper was great!

We thought the event was over after supper, but it turns out it wasn’t. There was another part where they showed us pictures from the filming of the 2007 Persuasion. As I said they had both worked on that, and they told us lots of stories about the filming and the people involved. It was fun to see all the backstage pictures, and also hear all the gossip about the actors! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I felt quite inspired by this event and wanted to try it on my own. So I borrowed Karen’s curling irons (which she kindly offered to me to use) and set about experimenting. This is what I ended up with on my first attempt.

Regency Hair-do Experiment

Regency Hair-do Experiment

I am actually very pleased with how it looks from the side ๐Ÿ™‚

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5 Responses to Bath part 6 – Hairstyles

  1. Lily says:

    Very cute!! That sounds like such a fun class! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Jennifer says:

    What fun. I like your version of the hairdo; it looks lovely.
    Are there pins at the sides to hold the curls in place there?
    I would like to see how you did this, if you ever want to do a tutorial on it—just an idea.

    Those curlers he is using are called Hot Sticks, I think. I have some. They do work well.

  3. Aurora says:

    It WAS a fun event! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you Jennifer! Yes, there are countless pins there! ๐Ÿ˜› Hmm, a tutorial? Well maybe that would be fun to do one day… I need to get myself one of those curling irons first though. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. LadyD says:

    Looks very regency. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’ve found the ‘authentic’ way of curling gets best results. I think you saw my ‘jane-esque’ curls in bath at the promenade(2012).
    Who’d have thought tissue paper and flattening iron could be so effective?

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