Laura Ingalls Inspired Up-do!

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“I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” -Laura Ingalls Wilder

In my previous post, I challenged myself to recreate a Little House On the Prairie  Laura Ingalls Wilder 1880’s up-do. While writing that post I learned some interesting facts about women’s fashion from the 1880’s as well as all about hair extensions. The earliest extensions can be dated back to Cleopatra in Egypt. Throughout the ages, wealthy women had hair extensions that helped create the look of hair piled high on their heads.

The Little House inspired up-do I recreated was fairly simple. I think I could have teased it and created more volume in the crown like Melissa Gilbert has here while playing Laura Ingalls. 181029_134649_COLLAGE-1.png

To recreate the back of this look I used a bun form, two braids, two French rope braids, and bobby pins to secure everything in place.  Using a section of hair in the back I made a bun using a bum form, then wrapped the braided ends around the covered form. Then French rope braided the front sections of hair and wrapped them around the bun form and pined them in place. If I was to recreate this look again I would tease the front sections before rope braiding and take larger sections of hair into the French rope braids for a more voluminous and less textured look.  Here is my video detailing how simple it really is.

 

After reading about the history of hair extensions I remembered the synthetic extensions I bought off WISH. I bought them thinking they were real hair for under $20. When they came I tried them out, and the color wasn’t quite right and they were too long. My hair has grown quite a bit since then. (Thanks; As I Am Coconut Co-Wash!) Due to these reasons, the extensions just sat in my closet for over a year. After doing the Little House Up-do Challenge I thought about using those extensions to make a giant braid or fishtail braid. Here’s a sneak peek at what I was able to do. I will have a review of the actual extensions and more about the braids I created in a future post. Enter your email below so you don’t miss it! 20181029_143043_0001.png

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