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I’m not the historical hair expert that Kendra is, but I dabble and help folks along, especially the farther back you go in time. And my biggest “easy” tip for women who want a historical-looking hairstyle is to part your hair down the center. I have no idea why, but if you look at period images before the 20th century, the VAST majority show women’s hair parted smack down the center. Before the 19th century, side-parts are totally not a thing in western European hair fashion.
While a very slight and very occasional side-part might creep in at points here and there during the early 19th century, the style wasn’t common at all, and it sure a hell wasn’t the deep side-part that’s typical today. Even when a woman’s hair covered by a cap or hat, the hair that shows is symmetrically parted. Maybe side-parts are a sign of the devil or something? IDK, I don’t make the rules, I just research the shit and point it out for y’all!
Thus, it’s a super-obvious modernism when I watch a frock flick set any time pre-1900 and see side-parts aplenty. I was in London last fall and happened to catch a few episodes of Sanditon (2019) before it aired on PBS here in the States. First thing I saw were side-parts! Couldn’t follow the plot because, omg, my eyes were distracted by the hair (also, lack of hairpins). So I’m taking Sanditon as a starting point, but really it’s all the shitty side-parts.
Since I’m starting with Sanditon, let’s look at some actual images of 1810s hairstyles…
OK, now with that out of the way, let’s take a chronological tour of more shitty side-parts! Because the latest Jane Austen adaption is certainly not the only offender, aw hell no.
So just take out that comb and draw it right down the middle of your head, ladies! It’ll improve your historical look easily. After all..
Have you noticed historically inaccurate side-parts in frock flicks before?