There is no doubt that long, rippling hair is a hallmark of Pre-Raphaelite style, and Stunners of yesteryear were known for their free-flowing locks, often quite shockingly worn loose in stark contrast to the more prim and conventional Victorian up-dos. As I mentioned here, I think Pre-Raphaelite style can encompass many looks, but I thought it might be fun to look at some ways to express this traditional style. I, myself, have, in my adult life, had hair that is down to the small of my back, and hair in an extreme pixie cut, and everything in between. Right now my hair is at about bra-strap length, and I enjoy it. But sometimes it is a bit of a challenge.
Long hair comes and goes out of fashion, and for some it seems to fall into the category of "wedding hair" or for dress-up occasions. No surprise, considering long, styled hair can be a challenge to manege.
Caitlin Moran's determination to embrace Pre-Raphaelite hair as a statement of individuality is quite refreshing. But even she admits to being exhausted by all of that hair and needing to rein it in a bit. If you sport long locks how do you keep them under control?
Grace of the Beautiful Necessity has two very great posts of Pre-Raphaelite Hair, as does Margaret of The Earthly Paradise. There is also a nice article on the cult of red hair at the Morbid Outlook site. Do you sport flowing locks or do you embrace a more gamine stunner style? Care to share any styling or hair care tips with us?
As Grace mentions, the triple barrel curling iron is wonderful for creating waves and ripples.
Sometimes some simple accessories can assist like large barrettes meant for long hair
or the use of graceful yet simple braids to to hold your hair back.
Cauls and snoods can be fun and add a bit of eccentric antiquity to an outfit.
And just for fun, check out all of this Pre-Raphaelite hair on Flickr!