"You will have your hair in a high pile"

The hairstyles of the Victorian period were in part influenced by the Regency period which had gone before it, in which a high, elegant bun was fashionable. The Victorian era saw the ushering-in of wearing flowers in the hair, first made popular by the Austrian Empress Elisabeth. In general, Victorian women were proud of their hair and it was extremely unusual to cut it. Towards the end of the century, hair became more natural-looking: loose locks were no longer just for children, and high, complex hairstyles were less in vogue.

Find more information on Victorian fashion or some tips for trying Victorian hairstyles yourself.