How to have a Medieval Hairstyle

Janet Stephens, one of the world’s leading experts on historical hairstyles, has released a medieval hairdressing tutorial, based on a 14th century painting by Simone Martini in Siena.

Excerpt: I will be using the following tools: a grooming comb, a short hair bodkin, a length of narrow code or ribbon, a length of wool thread the same colour as the hair, a translucent rectangular veil, and a sharp t-pin. This hairstyle can be arranged by the wearer herself and their are likely many other ways or arranging it. This is the one I prefer.


Janet Stephens, a Baltimore-based hairdresser and amateur archaeologist, has had over 500 000 people watch her videos that explain how to create hairstyles from various historical periods, including several from Ancient Greek and Roman periods. She has been featured in media several times, including this report from AFP:

You can see some of her other historical hairstyles, including:

How to have a Renaissance Hairstyle

How to have a Roman hairstyle

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