A Simple Victorian Hairstyle

Jennie Churchill, nee Jerome
Jennie Churchill, nee Jerome

The elegant and elaborate hairstyles fashionable in Victorian times are famous for their beauty, but few modern women have the time or assistance to recreate the fanciest styles of the era.

However, modern women can still recreate the elegance of the era with its simpler styles.The Victorian 3-braid is one of my favorites: easy to recreate, it is a lovely updo, perfect for weddings or proms, but can be dressed down for everyday use as well.

This style looks best with fairly long, thick, straight hair. For a similar style that works well for shorter hair, scroll down to learn about the "Gibson Tuck."

Victorian 3-braid Instructions

If you already know how to do a flip-through, skip to step 4. Otherwise, continue reading. Experienced hair dressers will be able to create this style on themselves, others may need to practice on a friend first.

  1. Put your subject's hair up into a basic ponytail.
  2. Loosen the ponytail slightly and use your fingers to part the hair just above and below the band.
  3. Carefully reach through the part and grab the pony tail. Pull it gently up through the part to create a flip-through.
  4. Divide the ponytail into three sections. Get your friend to hold two of them.
  5. Divide the remaining section into three and braid it. Repeat with the other two.
  6. Loop the braids and tuck the ends into the flip-through. Secure with pins.

To view more examples of this lovely style, please visit Dreamweaver Braiding. (Scroll down to the middle of the page.)

You can also experiment with variations, including single braid and 5-braid versions.

A simple Gibson Tuck by the author.
A simple Gibson Tuck by the author.

Gibson Tuck Instructions

If, like me, you have shorter, curlier hair, don't despair. There is a similar style popularly called the "Gibson Tuck" that you can try instead.

  1. Put your subject's hair up into a basic ponytail.
  2. Loosen the ponytail slightly and use your fingers to create a part just above the band.
  3. Flip the band down into the "pocket" this creates, and push the ponytail in after it, as evenly as possible. Unlike the Victorian 3-braid, do NOT pull the hair through. Secure with pins.

This is a pretty yet practical updo that is very fast to make. The sample in the photo to the right took me under a minute from start to finish, though it would benefit from a neater part.

For a dressier look, you can secure the tuck with decorative hairsticks or combs, incorporate flowers or ribbons, curl any stray strands, or similar techniques.

Victoriana Inspiration and Reference

Degas portrait
Degas portrait

HubMob Project

This hub was written for the HubMob challenge, week one: All About Various Popular Hair Styles.

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Comments 33 comments

Marye Audet profile image

Marye Audet 8 years ago from Lancaster, Texas

I love victorian styles!

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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

I will have to share this with my wife.

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Anna Marie Bowman 8 years ago from Florida

I love that look, and can't wait to try it out!!!

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kerryg 8 years ago from USA Author

Thanks for your comments, Marye, Bob, and Anna Marie! I've always loved Victorian hairstyles and had lotsof fun trying them on myself when my hair was longer. Nowadays I have a lot fewer options and mostly have to borrow my friends' hair. :(

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Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

Victorian hairstyles are so pretty. I love looping and tucking braids. I find braiding to be very relaxing.

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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California

Straight to the point, simple yet elegant. No wonder you're topping search engines already.

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Uninvited Writer 8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

Excellent hub. Victorian women had it tough...

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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

That looks like a very pretty style you're wearing, and it doesn't sound as hard as I would've thought it to be.

Good hubbing!

I am surprised that Shadesbreath hasn't volunteered his wife for one of these.

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dineane 8 years ago from North Carolina

I can't believe I'm saying this, as lazy as I am, but reading these hairstyle hubs is making me think about trying some new styles. These actually don't look that difficult, and I really like the look, too. Thanks for the Hub!

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desert blondie 8 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

I did the Gibson Tuck quite a bit in the eighties. And the braids on Dreamweaver Braiding...amazing! Fun hub!

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Research Analyst 8 years ago

I like the victorian time era, such elegance and style.


MuSe 8 years ago

Magnific, I should have been born in that era.. Im just obsesed its beautiful..

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Debby Bruck 7 years ago

fun hub. thanks for dreamweaving braiding instructions. Making our daughters beautiful in braids. Debby, CHOM

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The Real Tomato 7 years ago

I have always liked victorian style as well as early western hair styles. I have tried so many times to create elegant updo's that are similar. I think women used to have assistance with their hair. It is so difficult to do it yourself- I need 4 arms!

Great links and hub.

gerty15 7 years ago

does anyone know where i can find an updo for my prom as detailed below.

loose curly hair, bun, wispy bits floating down

i'd draw it but i can't draw!!! help me please!

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daoine 7 years ago

Very pretty. The Gibson Tuck was very popular when I was at school.

Rosaline 7 years ago

I am always putting my hair up in the gibson tuck. There are another 2 you can do. Once you tuck in your hair pull it down then you can tuck it under in a loop. As I cant braid. Or you can pull it down then pin it up. this one looks great. Looks like you have spent ages doing your hair when really it only takes a minute or two.

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akirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

Thanks for the hub - I have been fooling around with my hair and came up with the Gibson tuck and then the pullthrough but wanted to confirm that I was doing it right....now I can 'rest easy' - ha ha - great hub though and love that book...must have.

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myawn 7 years ago from Florida

Very nice Victorian hairdo's I went and cut my hair short but when it grows out I will braid again

Ima Darlin' 6 years ago

I love Victorian hair styles especially the simple easy ones to do!

I do costume contests for the western/ victorian period..

ela 6 years ago

there nice i might try one ............lol lol lol lol lol

No name please 6 years ago

I'm doing a histroical progrma at the library, and I think these styles will be just the thing for my outfit.

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the pink umbrella 6 years ago from the darkened forest deep within me.

this is yet another reason to grow my hair longer. i cut it off right before the baby for some weird pregnant reason, and have been trying to grow it out since. i havnt as much as snipped it since nov. 09, so by next year ill be sporting the victorian!

Brooke 6 years ago

This is so cool. I love the gibson tuck. Thanks!

no name 6 years ago

i am have to dress up as a victorian for my work tommorow and this has been very helpful thank you :)

nanmarfla 6 years ago

I love braids & will try to improve my technics by visiting this site more often THANKS for your help

no name 6 years ago

cool tips

alice 6 years ago

this is good information im doing my project so this is goooooood use

Georgia 5 years ago

I have to dres up as a victorian on friday but I don't know what hair style to use, this web site really helped me. Thanks.

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Serafim 5 years ago from Utah

Very helpful! I may use this for my next outfit. :)

la'shequa 5 years ago

im on a project bout victorian cometology and the this really helpped me out big time.........................thank u sooooooo much.

abiagil 5 years ago

i love the idea of the 3 braid updo however the hairstyle that i was looking for was different but i love the victorian style!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NO,i'm the real tomato 5 years ago

thios is a very good look, espically if your an elder.

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