Emma: The most incomprehensible thing in the world to a man is a woman who rejects his offer of marriage!
Mr. Knightly: I do not comprehend it because it is madness!
Today is the last tutorial for Emma Week. I would say that when most people think of “Emma,” this is the scene that comes to mind. With such a beautiful setting and witty dialog, the archery scene is the definition of a tempest in a teacup.
Emma’s iconic style is pretty easy. You only need to know how to do a basic bun and a shell bun.
1. Part your hair in the center. Clip the front sections out of the way for now.
2. With all the rest of your hair, make a bun, but only go around once so that the ends come out on one side.
*Note* When I did the pictures for this tutorial, I had one theory about the front twists. I re-watched the scene, and I figured out a more exact way to get Emma’s version. First will be the original instructions (which is what will be seen in all the other pictures), and then I’ll show you the improved method.
Original Twist Method:
1. Twist the right section up/forward.
2. Keep twisting until your twist goes across the bun and back to the other side.
3. Fold the twist once towards the back so that the ends go under the twist. Wrap the ends around the bun.
4. Twist the left side up/forward. Wrap the twist between the first twist and around the bun.
Improved Twist Method:
1. Twist a side section up.
2. Fold the twist up and in front of the bun.
3. Fold the ends back on themselves and twist them together like a shell bun (link at the top). Pin.
4. With the other side, either do another twist like the first one (what I did) or just do a simple twist like the original instructions.
Continue as follows for either method.
Set your ends with your favorite curling method.
Pin a bow with tails to the bun, and you’re done!
View from the side.
For something a little different, you could wear a tiara or sparkly headband instead of the ribbon.
Words of wisdom from the archery scene:
“Better to be with out sense than to misapply it. Talk sentimentally, but act rationally. Try not to kill the dogs.”
— Mr. Knightly (anyone notice how many Jane Austen heroes don’t have first names?)
So, which was your favorite tutorial from Emma Week?