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3 Historically-inspired Plaited Hairstyles

Hello darlings!

I have really long hair and while I used to wear it loose, I can no longer do that. I honestly have no idea how I did it, especially when I was working, all it does is get in the way and get trapped in things nowadays!

So, as I also dress historically now, I've effectively mastered a repertoire of historically-inspired, everyday hairstyles that I can put my hair up in. Today I'm going to share three hairstyles that involve plaits that are super easy to do and don't require a lot of time or skill!

For your reference, my hair is very long (it now reaches my bum level) and straight as a board. If your hair has any texture to it, you may find these hairstyles impossible, or perhaps easier. If you have a different hair type and have any tips, please let people know in the comments below, hair can be such a tricky medium to work in!

Rolled Plait Bun

You can find the video tutorial here, or keep reading for written instructions.

You will need:

You'll also need a hair tie!

Plait your hair and tie it as close to the end as you can.

Fluff up the top of the plait so it's a little loose.

Start rolling the plait up, making sure to tuck the little tail in as you go.

Pull the outer edges of the plait out so they surround the rolled section, making it as bun-like as possible.

Poke one pointy stick through to create one half of a cross- make sure to catch the top of the plait and your main head of hair so it stays in place. Don't let go of your hair just yet, wait until you get the other stick in first!

Poke the other stick in to complete the cross.

This should feel quite tight- if it doesn't, release the sticks, re-roll your hair and try again until it feels very secure and won't just fall out in five minutes (I've been there).


Alternative: This can also be done with a comb!

Twisted Plait Bun

Video here.

You will need:

  • Rat tail comb

  • Two hair ties

  • Bobby pins.

Centre part your hair, and continue all the way down to the nape of your neck.

Plait both sides to create 'Wednesday' plaits.

Now, this is probably where the video comes in handy- the actual twisting of the plaits! As it's probably not super clear in the video either because my hands are in the way, I've also done a little illustration of how I, personally, twist my plaits to create a pretty design and keep them secure.

You can also make your own designs. Play around and have fun with it!

Once you're happy with your plait design, pin liberally with the bobby pins. If possible, have them angled downwards so they don't slowly fall out during the course of the day, or, if you're pinning beneath the 'bun', pin in Xs to help secure the pins in place.

Braided Bun

Video here.

You will need:

  • A hair tie

  • Bobby pins.

Tie hair up in a high ponytail.

Plait the ponytail.

Lift the plait up and curl it around once- keep this in place with one hand while you pin it with the other. Make sure to lift it up instead of to the side or you'll end up with a wonky bun!

Use two pins to make an X to secure it in place, then continue twisting the plait around.

The reason I do this initial pinning is because my hair is so long that the middle has a tendency to fall loose and ruin the 'bun' effect, so I like to pin it down just to make sure that doesn't happen. If your hair is shorter you may not need to do this!

Keep twisting the plait around until you get to the tail. Tuck it underneath the plaited layer and pin around the circumference of the bun to keep it in place.


Please share pics if you try out any of these styles! Oh, and follow me on tiktok for new hairstyle tutorials whenever I get around to them!

Until next time,

Aisha x

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