Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Caroline von Holnstein

This post will probably end up on the same blog page, so it won´t need introduction. But anyways,  here is the original post on Caroline von Holnstein´s hairdo.

I tried to find something in my closet that was at least pink-ish, but I don´t have any, so I settled for the white shirt as the closest I could get to her clothing.

Okay. Not really off to a good start here: I have parted the hair according to what it looks like in the picture, and the two front braids are painfully much thinner than the back. I guess this is why the other blogger who did a style like this took some hair in from the bottom too.

Did she maybe do a five strand braid for the front? A five strand braid will significantly fatten, but flatten a braid. So from the right angle, it will look a lot thicker than a three stranded braid.
Of course there is a strong possibility that the painter made her hair thicker than it was. Only a stupid painter would paint the rich and powerful true to nature, right?

(See historical case of the painting of Anne of Cleves by Hans Holbein the younger supposedly being so far from the truth that king Henry the VIII had very little interest in her once they met in person)

Mr. Igor wants you all to know he called the phenomenon PaintShop. You are all obligated to laugh at his joke. Thank you.

View from the top.
My scalp really hated the center parting. Although my natural parting appears very weak due to just shifting the growth direction a few degrees, there is a lot of strength in the direction of the follicles. It was surprisingly uncomfortable (And unflattering)

Made a bun out of the back braid and pinned it up. Although I started the braid as high up as I felt I could (Sitting in a chair, leaning back and braiding), I guess it wasn´t high up enough. It slid down a lot as soon as I formed the bun. I think a high ponytail start probably isn´t a bad idea for those interested in recreating this better.

I tried to do the “loop” and then pin the front braids up. But the back bun is obviously too far down. It just looks silly, but then again I can´t imagine adding a tall braided bun directly on top of my head would do much to complete the look?

(And holy shit, do I look tired. Time to take a few days off from work maybe?)

Side view isn´t a whole lot better.  It just looks bizarre. This might be cute if I had wrapped the front braids under and around the bun instead of above. Like the pictures from Victoria that Nightgerbil linked to.

One more try to get the back bun up higher: I poke a stick through at the very top, right where the parting is. Really not feeling like having to re-do this thing, so I´ll see what I can do with the base….

The back braid wrapped around the base of the hair stick into a cinnamon bun. This actually looks like the royal bun a bit. But obviously I´m still not getting it up high enough on my head to get the same effect as Caroline’s.

Back view actually looks pretty nice. And again: It looks a lot like the royal bun.

This got a little closer to the original: This time you can actually see the bun from the front, but it´s obviously lacking the height of Caroline´s.

Also this leads me to the observation that I´m having a hard time finding the angle where the front braids doesn´t show up in the right way? In the original, the front braids sort of “disappear” into the updo and doesn´t show their track like mine does. Maybe the front braids are “fed in” in the middle of the back bun instead? Or… PaintShop maybe? (You are all still obligated to laugh at Mr. Igor´s joke. Yes, even when repeated. Thank you)


  1. I'm wondering if the hair that creates the bun is a top knot? I'm trying to think of hair pins etc in that day, and likely they would have needed length to secure any style. What if you placed less hair to create the bun and more to create the braid? I'm guessing the bun looks big because of length of wrapping--and of course, paint 'shop' was very common in that day. :)

    I like how you tried this and I'm wondering if maybe sticking with your natural part and sort of 'changing' it up to suit your needs would make it more current for today? Might be fun! :D

  2. The hair is quite amazing but I love the facial expressions even more!

  3. I have been thinking about this hair style and I'm wondering something--what if the front hair is just slicked down---maybe she had bangs? Then the back is split into 2 braids, which would make them much thicker looking and then wrapped around into a high bun? For some reason, looking at this photo is like figuring out a puzzle---because the front and the braids don't look like they match....

  4. ok after consideration 2 points. First Your frontal braids aren't "tight" enough. theres too much slack there, they should have less length to them. I speak to the 2nd attempt ofc. Secondly can you not tug out the braids to add body to them? the teaseing thing.

    Its defo the style though :) Grats you did it :) permission to link more?