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The 1660s
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Part 4, Page 12
The Whole Look, Accessories: Hairstyles Women

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Lower Class Women and Men Gentry and Aristocracy, Women Gentry and Aristocracy, Men The Whole Look: Accessories Costume Focus: Women's Headwear & Neckwear

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Women's hairstyles did not change as much as one might think. The general silhouette was kept for a long time, comprising of a type of bun in the back, long ringlets and curls at the die and front and small little wispy curls around at the forehead framing the face. This had been in fashion throughout the 1650s and in slight variations even before that. The hairstyle did become softer though in time and towards the 1670s a change took finally place with the side hair being shorter and curlier and only some longer ringlets. The 1660s though did not see such change, they kept this very feminine look in variations throughout the decade, but always the corkscrew locks were the favourites.

The bun at the back is oval and ribbon has been woven through it. Holland.
Charles II's sister With the side curls wired to stand out, a fashionable way of wearing the hairstyle in the 1650s.
This Dutch lady seems to have thinner hair which she does not enhance with false curls. Wearing a ribbon rosette in the hair.
This Dutch lady wears a braided version of the oval bun with ribbons adorning it.
Lady Jane Fisher with long ringlets and the wispy curls at the forehead.
An English beauty with soft curls framing her face.
Anne Margarethe Lange with ribbons in her hair and no curls framing her face.
English lady with pearls woven through the bun in the back and over the top of her head.
Charles II's sister Henrietta this time painted by Lely and with a much softer version of the hairstyle than she wore in the 1650s. 1662
Lady Mytens with very long curls, are fully turned into right ringlets.
Frances Stuart with an abundance of soft wispy curls framing her face.
A Dutch lady with back ribbons holding the side ringlets together.
Good view of the braided oval bun in the back. View from the side with the ringlets.
Queen Henrietta Maria, mother of Charles II, with large pearl drop earrings and long, thin corkscrew locks. Lady with similarly thin hair, kept fairly short and pulled straight back from her face.
Very soft version of the style, lady painted by Lely The sides are bunches and soft curls cascading down. Same painting, second lady in similar soft hairstyle.
Madame de Longueville with curls which are set harder than the English version. Marie von Reygersberg shows the bun in the back and the way the front curls are wispy and short.
A jewelled band is around the bun in the back and the curls are long. Mid 17th c.
This lady wears a covering of ribbon bands over her bun.
Ribbon bows arranged at the side in the curls. Same way of covering the bun with ribbons, almost like modern day hair bun nets.
Similar, but in blue with a ribbon bow. Pink version.
Queen Marie Therese in a formal version of the hairstyles with set corkscrew locks and short ones framing her face. France. Prussian lady with pearls holding her bun together and adorning it. Long dark curls at the sides, perhaps using false locks to achieve more volume.

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