“Geillie tossed back her hair and laughed delightedly… Baby-fine and slippery, it was coming down from its fastenings. Muttering, she yanked the pins from her hair and let it fall down in a straight, shiny curtain, the color of heavy cream.”– Outlander, p. 369-370
- Gather up the top half of your hair, and wind it into a bun. Use bobby pins to keep it in place.
- With the rest of your hair, split in half and make a rope braid, by twisting each strand clockwise and then both strands together counter-clockwise. Tie it at the ends with a small hair elastic.
- Wrap this rope braid around the bun, pinning it in place. Tuck the ends in underneath the bun to hide them.
“Jenny shook her head and went on tucking her hair beneath her kerchief. ‘I know my way. And if none will move tonight, there’s none will hinder me on the road, no?’”– Outlander, p. 494
Jenny is such a different character from Geillis. Both are independent and opinionated, but unlike Geillis, Jenny is the ultimate family woman. She exemplifies what is proper in household care, child rearing, and female dress of the time – which occasionally leads her to butting heads with Jamie in the process.
As noted in the quote above, married women of the time wore their hair up and off their neck. Working women typically styled this very simply, and wore a kerchief or cap over top. It’s interesting how show Jenny doesn’t do this. She has an updo, but it isn’t simple and it isn’t covered. Show stylist Annie McEwan described in an interview once how she researched the characters’ hair, and from these comments it seems like she styled Jenny as an upper class woman would appear. These women had more braids and softly curled tendrils as decorations. Jenny is the sister of a laird, after all, albeit a minor one. So even if show-Jenny doesn’t match her description in the books, her style wouldn’t be too historically unprecedented.
- To do Jenny’s hair, gather the top half of your hair and make a normal braid (fun fact: the typical three strand technique is called an English braid). Coil this braid into a bun on the top back of your head and pin in place.
- Split the rest of your hair in two, and braid each of these halves.
- Lay the right hand braid up the back of your head and around the left side of the bun. Also wrap the left hand braid around the right side of the bun. Tuck the ends from both of these braids and pin secure.
“I heard one of Dougal’s girls say to a friend at the Castle that it would take three hours with the hot tongs to make [Letitia’s hair] look like that. She said she’d like to scratch your eyes out for looking like that and not lifting a hand to do so.”– Outlander, p. 228
- Divide off a circle section of hair around the crown of your head. This should take up about half the volume of your hair. Ponytail this for now.
- Starting at one corner of your forehead, pick up a thin section of free hanging hair, split into three strands, and start lace braiding across the top and around the side of your head. Lace braiding means adding in more hair to one side of the braid as you go. Be sure to incorporate all remaining hair as you braid all the way around your head, and then pin the last length of braid along this crown shape.
- Undo the ponytail in the center and with a thin curling iron, curl small sections of this hair. (or if your hair is already curly, you’re good to go!) Then coil up these curls and pin them all to the head inside the braid circle so that you have a nice bouquet of curls at the end.