Do you have a hair style that you want Elizabeth to do? Here’s the place to send in your requests!
The only rule is that you must find an image for me to reference. Here are some sources:


New York Public Library Digital Gallery –My favorite!  They have almost everything.
La Couturiere Parisienne — Paintings


The Costumer’s Guide to Movie Costumes — Lots of different eras
Screencap Heaven — Many different movies
The Wardrobe Door — Narnia
Alley Cat Scratch — Lord of the Rings (They also have a links page with many more movies.)
Longbourn — Jane Austen movies (Also has a great links page.)
Ace Photos — Movies and movie stars, including ones from the 1930s-60s

So if you have a request, you can leave a comment below or feel free to suggest other sites for images.
Have a great day!


117 thoughts on “Requests

  1. I have a request- I know you said that you watched some ice skating before, and I was wondering if you could do a tutorial for Tessa Virtue’s (ice dancing) hairstyle for the free dance the other night in the Olympics. It is really lovely, but I’m having trouble figuring out exactly how she did it/how to recreate it with considerably longer (waist-length) hair!

    Here’s a side view:

    The other side/front:×298/Tessa-Virtue-Scott-Moir-ice-dance-gold-Winter_2423233.jpg

    And the one of the best back views I could find:

  2. I don’t have a particular hairstyle that I would vote for. I would be greatful for some ideas for shorter hair though. My hair is a little past my shoulder and I’m getting desperate for something to do with it :).

  3. Hi! I LOVE your site. I have tried several hair styles, and my friends tease me about how I got them hooked on your site. 🙂 You are really talented at being able to look at a picture and figure out the style of hair they did.

    I was wondering if you might be able to do some hair styles from “Cranford”. I can’t remember who the author is.. my brain just went blank.

    Also, I like a lot of the hair styles that are done in the Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle (I think that is her name).

    Thank you so much for all the wonderful hairstyles you do, but mostly that you share them!

    In Christ’s love,

    • I agree with Sarah – I too would love to see some styles from Cranford and the 1995 P&P. Particularly Mary Smith’s and Lizzy’s netherfield ball up-do. I can’t seem to find a good shot of Mary’s hair, but I’ll keep looking.

      Love your site and I use some of your styles daily!


    • Yes! I’d also love some ideas for the 1995 version of “Pride and Prejudice” – both Lizzie and Jane have beautiful hair there! My favorites are at the Netherfield Ball (both Lizzie and Jane’s hair) and when Lady Catherine de Bourgh comes to visit Lizzie at Longbourn. But really all the hairstyles are beautiful. Also, how about Eowyn’s hair from “The Lord of the Rings” when she’s singing at Theodred’s funeral: And finally, Elizabeth’s hair in “Elizabeth” (with Cate Blanchett) when she hears Queen Mary has died and she (Elizabeth) is now queen is great! I can’t find a picture of it, though…

      • Hi Betsy! I hope this reaches you. I have officially found the Lord of the Rings styles! is the link; there is a section titled “Eowyn” and you can go directly to Theodred’s funeral. Also, if you go to the Costumer’s Guide to Movie Costumes, I think you may find some info on the “Elizabeth” movie. Have fun!

  4. love your site! I always feel like brushing out my hair and curling it or something creative after reading your posts…. I particularly enjoy your historic hairstyles.
    For a long time now, I’ve been wondering how to do this ( ) hairstyle from the 2005 Pride and Prejudice…. when Elizabeth is at the Netherfield Ball. I have a hunch that this is a wig (because when she wears her hair half up, the little bun in the back is bigger than her regular bun…. and there are weird little hairs underneath her bun all the time…) but I’m sure it’s possible with real hair, right?

  5. Hi! I ADORE your blog and just love all your delightful updos!

    However, I only have below shoulder length hair (not quite mid-back) and it is not abundantly thick like yours. So I can’t do most of your hairstyles with any success. Could you feature hair tips and updo ideas for girls with shorter hair?

  6. Hi!
    I just found your site today… and I LOVE it! I have shorter hair that is not really thick, but not thin either. It’s a bit longer than shoulder length. Anways, I get tired of just doing a pony tail or simple bun everyday. So I am not sure I could do any of your hairstyles cause mine isn’t as long as yours. ( I like your styles a LOT thought. 🙂 ) Do you have any ideas?
    In Him,

  7. I have psychotically thick hair, at about mid-back length. Single braids are like enormous ropes! And thus not very attractive, imo. Tips on how to proceed would be great!

  8. I have a fondness for the film, as well as the book, The Age of Innocence. There are some lovely hairstyles, amongst many things, in the film particularly of Countess Olenska. There are so many hairstyles from which to choose that you should try a few from the film.

  9. I’d love to see if you can figure out how to do the hairstyle that Cate Blanchett wears at the end of “An Ideal Husband”. Here are a few screenshots from my laptop. It is pretty old, so I apologize for the low quality.

    Right side:
    Left side:
    back, 2:

    I can figure out how to do the curls and the twist… I’m just having problems figuring out how to do all of that and still maintain the puffiness that she has. My hair always ends up being pretty flat/tight on my scalp when I try it.

    Thanks so much for the encouragement and styles you provide!

    In Christ,

    Sarah F

  10. Would have suggestions or styles that would work better for those of us with very thin hair?

    My hair is shoulder blade length but if I make a bun it’s about the size of a golf ball. I know about bun forms but most are too big as I don’t have enough hair to cover the form (and I thnk they look really fake). I often just wear those octopus clips because it at least feels like more back there:)

    Shampoo suggestions? Any tips (aside from teasing/back combing which I think isn’t good for one’s hair) ?

  11. I just want to say that I stumbled across this website and LOVE it. I have long hair that I love playing with and just got a summer job at a historical village so I’m excited to try your hairstyles. Excellent work! And thank you for being so bold in your faith!

  12. There are only, essentially, three basic hairstyles worn by Emma Hamilton in the movie That Hamilton Woman. They’re Georgian era hairstyles. I was wondering if you could do tutorials on how to do them.

    The first one is the most complex. The top seems to be teased some and pulled backwith a bun in the back, and the bottom is curled. (At times, she wears a hat over it or puts a bow in the back.) This also seems to be the easiest one to duplicate. – front view – side view – back view

    The second one is much simpler. It appears to be side rolls with a bun at the nape of the neck. – front view – side view – back view

    The third one seems to be the sides rolled again with some type of small rolls or curls in the back. This is the one I’m having the most difficulty figuring out. – front view – side view – back view

    By the way, I suggest a free program called VLC media player for taking screencaptues, which can then be uploaded to ImageShack or Photobucket.

  13. I like the painting “The Reader” by Jean Honore Fragonard and think the girl’s hair is lovely. I would like to see your adaptation. Also, some of the hairstyles from the movie, “The Young Victoria” would be nice. Thank you.

  14. Elizabeth, have you ever tried a Dutch crown braid? They have instructions on Dream Weaver, with pictures. I used to do my hair like this in the Summer (minus the accent braid), but it always ended up messy on one side. Any idea how to combat this? Thanks.

    God bless,
    ~Rebekah G.

    • I am absolutely awful at crown braids. My hair gets all tangly, and I can’t get them to turn out well. If you look on my style index, I have a crown braid alternative. There is a cheater crown braid, but that’ll have to wait until I do a French Braid tutorial.

      • Thanks for replying, though a funny thing happened shortly after I made that request. I tried it again, using a slightly different technique than I was using before. I started out braiding with my arms sort of up and over my head (if that makes any sense), and previously, I’d get half-way round my head, and my hands would be behind the braiding. Then I’d shift so my hands were in front of the braiding, but this always resulted in that side being all loopy and messy. So I tried not shifting–having my hands behind the braiding after the half-way point–and only shifting to braid out the ‘tail.’ The resulting crown braid is much nicer on the second half.
        Bah, it’s hard to explain in words. It’d be better if I had pictures. 😛

        God bless,
        ~Rebekah G.

  15. Hi, Elizabeth!

    My friend and I are going to We Make History’s Regency Ball this October, and I was wondering if you would be able to do a tutorial for Catherine Morland’s hair from Northanger Abbey. My hair is about the same color and texture as hers, so I think it would be a good style for me.

    Side view:
    Other side:

    Thank you!!!

  16. Elizabeth,

    I was wondering if you could figure out how to do Molly’s sister’s hairstyle from “Molly, an American Girl”. I know she twists it back somehow to the back, but It’s always too dark in the pictures to tell what she’s done! Hope these help!

    Here she is…Jill McIntire

    Here’s some links where she’s in it.

  17. I adore your website! My hair is a little too short (for my thickness) for some of your styles still, but I can’t wait to grow into them!

    I saw your 1940s inspired updo, and if you happen upon any other vintage styles, I’d love to see more!

    (I’m not very useful when it comes to making specific suggestions, sorry.)

    Thanks for the time you put into the website, it’s awesome!

  18. Hi, I was wondering if you could do some of Jane Bennett’s hairstyle from the earlier Pride & Prejudice, and some of Fanny’s from the 2007 Mansfield Park. Thanks!

  19. Hi there! 🙂 I am going to be doing a Belle fashion event at my blog ( in September, and am looking for somebody who is hair-saavy to make a Belle-themed hair tutorial (as in Belle from Beauty and the Beast) for the upcoming event. I’m contacting different hair-saavy ladies with the hopes that someone would like to be involved. =) Would you be interested in doing this? If so, please e-mail me and let me know.

    ~ Ms. Kingsley

  20. I would like to request the hairstyle Sophy Hutton wears in Cranford. Where she and Doctor Harrison are walking through the garden after he had asked to court her. This hairstyle would be so appreciated!

    Many Blessings,
    Grace Marie

  21. Elizabeth, I just recently found your blog and it is beautiful! I love updos, but didn’t have many ideas before I found your blog!

    I have a sort of general request for some tips. I like to wear my hair up for work, but my hair is fine and a little thin, and it seems that whenever I put my hair up, it gets very flat along the sides of my head and the top — like I have yanked it back as tight as I possibly can. Do you have any tips for styles (or ways to do styles) that add a little fullness at the sides of the head? I have tried twisting the hair before braiding, but this just seems to show too much scalp on me.

    Thank you!

    In Christ,

  22. Help! Every time I twist the sides of my hair and try the Ponytail Flip, the sides get all loose and yucky-looking. Also, the hair never covers the elastic like yours does. I’ve been flipping the tail towards me–am I doing something wrong?

    I love the Belle and Civil War ball hairstyles, but am afraid to try them because of this problem.

    Thanks, and God bless,
    ‘Wild Rose’

  23. Elizabeth, how do you shampoo your extra-long hair? Is it harder to keep conditioned?Also, have you considered doing the no-shampoo thing at all? I’ve been using baking soda and apple cider vinegar since August, with great results. My hair’s less dry, and less oily; it’s found a nice balance, I guess.

  24. Hi Elizabeth! Your Belle hair tutorial is awesome – I was wondering if you could figure out how to do Cinderella’s style, particularly the way it is done at the Disney theme parks? Here are some pics that I hope will help you out. 🙂

    And if you can’t figure out the theme park version, maybe you can give the animated kind a go?

    I look forward to your tutorial!

  25. Hey!

    I love this website. I have crazy hair too, so this just makes me happy that someone has made a website for it 🙂

    I’m a figure skater and between make up and warm up, I never have enough time to make my hair look the way it should. I would totally love to know how to do this one:

    THANK YOU!!!

  26. Hey there! I don’t have a reference image because I don’t have a specific style request, but I’d love to see more styles with most of the hair let down – I rarely pull all of mine back but I’m getting tired of the half-up Pollyanna style. 🙂

  27. Hi Elizabeth – I don’t have a link, but I was wondering if you could try to find out how to make an Amish makeshift bun. I am curious after reading “The Courtship of Nellie Fisher” series by Beverly Lewis.

    Let me know if you could possibly attempt this…..thanks!

  28. I’m currently in a production of Oliver! (the musical version of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist), and I’ve volunteered to supervise the hair for the women. Which of the styles you’ve already posted would be apprpriate for Victorian England? I know both styles from Bleak House, because that is also Dickens. By my judgement, all the braid and twist buns seem appropriate, but I don’t know for sure.

  29. Elizabeth,

    Would you please consider making a video tutorial of your Bandana Waves? Your written instructions make it look easy, but mine always just look poorly braided in the end and the wave doesn’t look right. Your video tutorials really help a lot for figuring out hand placement and movement. Thanks, and God Bless!

    • I second this request: though I understand the bandana wave concept well enough, I can’t seem to wrap the hair around in the same manner you do, and it doesn’t work at all. A video would be lovely — I dream of such gorgeous, deep waves!

  30. Hey!
    So my little brothers just told me that they don’t like buns in my heir.
    But they reaily like my heir in braids and ponytales.
    Do you have any ideas on what else I could do, that they may like?
    I know it’s silly but I like pleasing them
    God Bless,

  31. Excellent website! As a long hair fanatic, I truly appreciate it all – especially the ones that ‘hark back to the old’ styles!

    Recently re-watched “Wives and Daughters” – one of BBC’s best – and loved molly Gibson’s hair at the ball, and lady Harriet’s hair (before she cut it!) I’d be happy to see what you could do towards recreating it!

    I’ve posted pictures of screenshots I took here. The color is a bit lurid because I had to up the contrast etc. so you could see better – ambient lighting is great, but not for figuring hairstyles out!

    Good luck – hope to see some soon!

  32. Not so much a request as a suggestion – you would probably love the hairstyles on Downton Abbey.
    Even the maid’s (not the scullery maid) styles are intricate.
    costumes are great too – and the historical detail. (wouldn’t that be a great job, researching all of that fun stuff)

  33. Hello!
    I have enjoyed your website immensely
    I think I am most inspire to try the historical ones or ones copied from movies, although I know they are the most difficult!
    Here is only one that I could find of a certain beautiful hairstyle (from a certain crazy movie. :))
    I think you should show us!

    And here’s another style from the same movie:

  34. Hello,
    I wanted to say that your website is a blessing to those of us with long hair. I personally have mid-back length hair & plan to grow it at least to hip length. Many people I know can’t understand why I wish to have long hair, because of the maintenance time, they say. But I truly love my long hair. My request is partly a question. Have you ever thought of doing a Margaret Hale hairstyle from North & South? I saw one of your tutorials called Bleak House Version 1 & I was wondering if I could use that just by altering it a bit or is there a different method that would work better? I want to use the Margaret Hale style for Sundays & possibly everyday, as it is really pretty & I think having a style that I find attractive will help me make sure that I practice it & use it frequently.
    Below are two photos of Daniela Denby-Ashe who played Margaret Hale in North & South. I hope they work. I would be most grateful if you could help me with this.

    God bless,
    Sarah Grace

  35. Thanks for your site! I wish I had found it sooner : )

    Can you do a tutorial on how to wear a snood? Here is a photo I found:

    I was at a Civil War re-enactment, and I tried to wear it, but my hair got all tangled inside, and it kept falling lower and lower on my head! Thanks!

  36. Hullo! I’ve been obsessed with Mia’s braided hair in Jane Eyre, variations of one main look but all incredibly intricate looking! Hoping you’d have had a look at them already -it would be awesome to see how they’re done 😀

  37. I have very long hair, and I am having a hard time figuring out a hairstyle that would work for graduation. The cap hangs so low that most updos won’t work, and in the summer in FL (where I live) the humidity and length of my hair really does not work to leave it down, as most girls do. So any suggestions would be much appreciated.

  38. Could you add an RSS feed? I move between three computers and a phone and if I can’t get you into Google Reader, I’m gonna lose track of this blog 😦

    Thank you!

    • Please forgive me, but I’m terribly technologically ignorant. I thought the linky-looking thins under “Meta” were the RSS feed. Is that right?

  39. I’m following your website from Italy and I simply love it! I appreciate the way you find original solutions to realize different hairdos without using materials which damage hair. By the way…I’m interested about the hairstyle of Arwen,the female elf in the movie “The Lord of the rings”. Here there is a link of a website which explains the realization of a 9-strands braid,but I really can’t figure out how does it actually work. Could you please help me?

    • Alessandra, I’m really not a “braid” person. I’ve found my hair breaks when I wear them, and while do the few french braid techniques shown on this site, that really is not my area of expertise. Sorry I can’t be of more help.

  40. My request is for advice, not a particular hairstyle. How does one get into re-enacting? I’m a bit of a Civil War buff and I’d love to get into re-enacting, but I’m not sure where to start. Could you possibly help me out? No hurry, I know you’re probably really busy! Blessings to you and thank you in advance!

  41. Hello!

    Do you have anymore links for good hair websites? I saw the ones on your side bar, and wondered if you had any more….

    Great blog! And great styles! Love it!
    I can’t wait to try some of them!

    Miss De

  42. Is there a way to straiten hair without heat? And how do you get curls to stay in really really thin and slippery hair?


  43. A really pretty one that’s super easy is the “flip through”.
    You start with a high to mid~high pony tail and loosen it just a bit.
    You then take a comb (or your finger) and (in the middle) go through the top of the pony tail, come all the way out the bottom and try not to mix sides:)
    You then take your pony tail near the tip (I find it easier to twist it a few times so that strands don’t escape), hold it up, put it into the hole you just finished making, and pull it through the bottom!
    I hope this wasn’t to complicated:) Even though this style is really simple, it’s really very pretty, and leaves people wondering how in the world you did it (especially when you tell them it was a last minute thing:).

  44. Dear Elizabeth,

    I am an 18th century researcher and I am really interested to learn how to do the tete de mouton hairstyle as popularised by the French between 1730 – 1755 (approx). Here is a few ictures; (2 min 13 secs) is a good example of what I am looking for. Only more like rolls from the previous image but at the back of the head. I would really like this style for my wedding.

    Please let me know if you can. I have more pictures that I can send you if these images are not sufficient.

    Kindest Regards,

  45. I was reading your blog, and saw something abotu Narnia hairstyles…have you posted those yet? I couldn’t find them, and thought maybe I overlooked something! 🙂


    • Just realised the link isn’t working. If you google ‘Kelly Brook 1950’s hairstyle’, go on images and you can find it, I think it’s the second picture they show.

  46. I was wondering if you could do some
    from the BBC pride and prejudice I know “Lizzie”
    was wearing a wig though so I don’t know how easy it would be
    warning: if you didn’t know its 5 hours long but its very well done
    lots of different hairstyles though : )
    I really like this site and though I have short-ish hair I can do quite a lot of
    them. My hair is thick though.
    Thank you sooo much

  47. Dear Elizabeth,
    My hair is ankle length and prom is coming up soon. Are there any sections I should specifically be looking at on your blog for hair ideas concerning formal updos?
    Thanks for your time and effort. May the Lord Bless you.
    Isaiah 49:16

  48. Hello Elizabeth,
    My family and I are getting ready to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic….my brother will be playing a concert, and we will be going dressed up with some other friends…. I was wondering if you have any Titanic era hairstyles on your blog??? Thanks so much!


  49. hi Eden,
    the Titanic was a part of the Edwardian era, and i think i remember seeing some styles from there previously. so if you sech “edwardian” or look at the tags on the side bar you should find some.
    hope this helps, Queen Nellie

  50. Hi ! I was wondering if Elizabeth or anyone on this wall has ever tried the hairstyles from “Ever After” starring Drew Barrymore and Angelica Huston (a realistic version of Cinderella). They are so beautiful !!! 🙂 Thanks!

  51. I am trying to do a lot of these styles, but I have a recurring problem of them falling out right afterwards…the hairpins (metal) and bobby pins worked their way out of the style within 20 minutes…could you do a video showing how you insert pins (close up)? I try to catch hair, and go near my scalp, etc, bit nothing holds it. Even a few close up step by step pictures would be amazing.

    • One of the best ways that works for me (everyday actually 🙂 ) is to teaze/back-comb it pretty tight/thick and then LIGHTLY run a bristled brush over it to just smooth the hair on the top (but NOT hard enough to brush out the teazing). And a few extra bobby-pins to keep it in place never hurts 😉 Hope that helps!!

  52. Hey Elizabeth! I wondered if you could do a video on your curly formal updo, posted on February 10 2011, sometime. It is so so pretty! Also I found your video on bandana waves VERY helpful. Thanks a lot!

  53. Hi 🙂 I was also wondering if you have any tips on how to make hair grow faster? Or have you just never really REALLY cut your hair, and that’s why it’s so long?

  54. Hello Elizabeth,

    I know I put your web address down, but I didn’t know what else to write, because I would like to see a tutorial for your wedding hair up-do. I wish to do it for my wedding as well. It looks like you twisted somehow on the sides. I can’t figure it out. 🙂

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