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Women's Hairstyles

Women's hair during the 1860s took on a number of styles, ranging from playful and girlish to conservative.

During the early 1860s, younger women often styled their hair in long crimps and waves.

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1860s Crimps and Waves: Image courtesy of Joan L. Severa, Dressed for the Photographer: Ordinary Americans and Fashion, 1840-1900, 1995

More conservative styles were parted in the center and pulled back with combs and wrapped in a bun. Often a braid would circle the head or hair would curl or puff out at the sides.

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1860s Conservative Hairstyles: Image courtesy of Joan L. Severa

Eventually, hair nets were worn over the back of the head, and the bun was released to fall down the neck into the hairnet.

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1860s Hair Net: Image courtesy of Joan L. Severa

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