Ribbons, Part 2


This post is a continuation of this week’s series on ribbons. Today’s ribbons are 3/8″ wide, both satin and grosgrain. I like to use narrow ribbons as a subtle headband with an intricate bun like the one on the left or tied around a bun like the one on the right. A long (around 7 feet long) thin ribbon can also be used to create classical-inspired styles such as were popular in the 1800s. You can see a lovely fashion plate example of this style here.


1. Center the ribbon on the top of your head and cross the ends below your bun.


2. Wrap one end up and over your head, either in front of or behind the first wrap.


3. Wrap the other end like the first one.


4. Pass one end behind all the wraps and tie a knot and/or bow. I’ll do this step again in my wide ribbon tutorial so you can see it better.


5. Starting at the part, weave the tail of a rat-tail comb under the ribbons. Glide down to smooth the hair under the ribbons. Repeat on the other side.


Ta-da! This style was popular with a high bun in the early 1800s and with a low bun in the mid-late 1800s.

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6 thoughts on “Ribbons, Part 2

  1. Beautiful! My sisters and I have been following your blog and we think it is just beautiful! 🙂 We all have hair past our waists and we get in the “bun rut” so we are glad to look at your site for fresh ideas!

    I have a question though. Is there a way to make the ribbon stay put? Mine just slides right off the back of my head!

    Thanks! Genevieve

  2. Would you do a tutorial on the bun on the right at the top of this post? I’m guessing it’s a pin curl variation, but I’d like to know exactly how you do it.

    Beautiful as always!

  3. Genevieve, Thank you! I’m glad I could help you to be more creative with you hair.

    About ribbons falling off, I’ll answer that question in a new post soon. 😉

    Jordan, You’re right about the style being a pin curl bun. I’ve been experimenting with a different way to do the more advanced bun, and that was Wednesday’s iteration. I wore it without the ribbon to formal event that morning. I may do a tutorial in a couple of weeks.

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