The Tudor hairstyles and cuts changed with the different fashions for
headdresses. During the early Tudor period the hair of women was covered
by the elaborate headdresses. During the Elizabethan era this changed
when the fashion for ruffs became far more elaborate and increased in
size which was balanced by more delicate head wear and set off by hair
which was swept away from the face as can be seen in the above picture
of Queen Elizabeth I.
Tudor Hair Styles - Long Hair
Women kept their hair long
all through the Tudor era. Both Anne Boleyn and Katherine of Aragon had
hair which was long enough for them to sit on. However, their hair was
usually hidden under a headdress or hood. Some exceptions were made to
this practise of concealing the beautiful hair of women. On great state
occasions, such as coronations or weddings, women were allowed to show
their long, flowing hair. This was true of Anne Boleyn on her coronation
and also of Queen Elizabeth I. The long hair flowing hair of a
young woman was seen as a sign of a virgin and the favoured hair style
for a young bride on her wedding day. Once a woman achieved the married
status she wore her hair swept up or hidden under her headdress. A Tudor
bride would adorn her hair with fresh flowers. Long hair was generally
dressed in a bun to which the variety of head coverings could be pinned.
The front and sides of the hair received great attention as this was the
area that was most displayed, and this was generally curled. Fringes
were not in fashion during the Tudor period and fashion dictated that
hair was combed way from the forehead. A high forehead was seen as a
sign of beauty and hair was plucked from the scalp to achieve this
Straight or Frizzy Tudor Hair
Tudor Hairstyles ranged
from straight styles as favored by Anne Boleyn. This
straight style is illustrated in the following picture of
By the time of the Elizabethan era fashion had
changed and frizzy hair came into fashion. This was achieved by curling
the hair with hot tongs and was a hairstyle much favored by Queen
Elizabeth I. Tudor hairstyles
for the court were led by the Queen. Upper class fashion,
which included hairstyles, was highly elaborate - and necessary to achieve
attention and success at court.
Tudor Hair styles for Men
Tudor men were often more
elaborately dressed than the women and their hairstyles and beards
received a similar amount of attention. Hair styles of men and
their beards were kept short and this suited the fashion of the ruff.
The style of ruff designed for men were generally higher in back than in
front and followed the line of the jaw, framing the face and was
complimented by their short hair styles. This style is illustrated in
the picture of Sir Walter Raleigh.
Tudor Hair Color
Elizabethan era of the Tudors the image of ideal beauty was a woman with light hair and a snow
white complexion which was complimented with red cheeks and red lips. Queen
Elizabeth achieved this picture of ideal beauty by using white make-up but
Queen Elizabeth had a natural red color hair which fitted the image of
beauty. Her red hair was
emulated by many of the nobility of the Elizabethan era and women dyed
their hair with henna. Blond hair was also coveted and yellow
hair dye was used which was made with a mixture of saffron, cumin seed,
celandine and oil. Wigs were also commonly used during the Tudor period
and Queen Elizabeth I had a
wide variety of wigs and hair pieces which numbered over eighty.
These Tudor hair pieces were often referred to as Periwigs.
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