Friday, August 7, 2009

HairDo: 18th Century Pouf

With the Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France going on, my mind is on 18th century fashion. I can make an 18th century dress in ten hours, but Hairdos have never been my forte. So just how does one do their hair in the infamous Marie-Antoinette Pouf style?

First of, if you are wondering what a Pouf looks like, please see the following fashion illustration of the time:

Gallerie des Modes et Costumes Français. 2e. Cahier des Nouveaux Costumes Français pour les Coeffures B.12 (duplicate) "Pouf d'un gout nouveau..."French, 1778Esnauts et Rapilly, French, 18th century

I bet some of you thought Marge Simpson's hair was both ridiculous and impossible. Surprise! The beehive was just a Pouf, nouveau genre.

And now, for some tutorials. If you wish to wear a wig, you can either find one that is already styled as a Pouf, or you can make your own Pouf wig using a long haired wig. I suggest you DIYers visit Démodé's 1770's Pouf Wig Tutorial. I do love the result of heir red-haired Pouf wig and can't wait to try to make one myself.

If you would rather use your own hair (you must have long hair to attempt this), Ask Me Make-up has a video on YouTube (which I watch often, just for fun) on how to do your hair Marie-Antoinette style.


  1. Wow!I can't imagine doing this by myself alone in front of the mirror.

  2. I'd be happy to try it on your hair one of these days!