Melanie's Musings
February 23, 2012

Margaret Hale’s Hairstyle: A Tutorial

Margaret Hale is one of my favorite heroines. She’s strong, poised, and beautiful. One of the things that struck my most about her in the movie of North and South was her hair. I loved the soft, feminine look it created. I’ve tried to come up with my own version of the hair do, and I think I’ve almost accomplished it.

For those of you who also like Margaret’s style, I’m going to show you what I’ve come up with. Something to add a bit of Margaret Hale to your day-to-day life. I wanted something simple, secure, and easy to accomplish. You’ll need to forgive the horrible pictures. This was my first tutorial and I took all of the pictures myself, whilst juggling strands of hair, combs, and bobby pins. Needless to say, it didn’t turn out quite like it normally does, but with a little patience and both hands I’m sure you’ll be able to get it to look exactly how you want it!

First of all, comb out your hair. If you have curly hair like me, you’ll want to try and detangle it without taking out too much of the curl. The added texture makes the style look better. Mine’s a bit damp in the pictures but I don’t suggest that.

Now, part your hair down the middle and comb out the part from the crown of your head back.
Take a small piece of hair near your part line and split it into two pieces. What you want to do, is create a twist, incorporating as much hair as you can. The way I do this, without any elastics, I find it helps to alternate between a plain twist and and a rope braid.
Start out pulling the piece of hair closest to your face over the second piece of hair, repeat. Grab more hair into that front piece and do it again all the while pulling the hair up and towards the back of your head. Keep incorporating hair and twist one piece around the next. If (or when) it starts looking too much like a braid just twist it loosely all together as one piece still incorporating hair. It will make more sense as you go.
This is more or less what it should look like. Once you get done with one side of your head twist several times and clip. Repeat the process on the other side.
After twisting the other side, undo the clip from the other bunch of hair and pull both upward- high at the back of your head. Each piece should be roughly a third of your hair. Pull what is left over your shoulder and get a handle on it. Then braid the pieces upward. Make sure the braid is loose but neat to about midway.
When you can’t braid upward anymore, pull lightly around you shoulder and continue braiding more tightly toward the end.
Secure with an elastic and pull the braid up. Twist once and wrap into a bun. Tuck the ends under and pin. Try to get the last (tighter) piece of the braid wrapped on top. I didn’t quite succeed this time.
Mine is a bit mussed from worrying with it too much, but this is a bit of the idea.
Lastly, just pull the baby hairs away from your hair line and touch them up with a bit of gel and the curling iron. And you’re done! For a bit more height in front (mine wouldn’t do it in its damp state) place your fingers about three inches from your part on each side and push them together, loosening the hair.
Just play around with it until you are happy with the results! I hope this has inspired you to attempt Margaret’s hairstyle yourself.


Don’t use too many bobby pins in the bun! Β It will just make it more likely to fall out.
If the twist doesn’t turn out exactly like you want, twist it with your finger a bit playing with it until you like it. Then loosen a pin and insert it upward into the twist to secure it.


Arya from Sea of Pages wrote today’s guest post.

I’m inspired! Where’s my curling iron?
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Posted by Melanie at 8:57 am – Comments (6)
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  • February 23rd 2012

    So pretty. I would love to wear my hair like this. Sadly I have layers and don’t think it would work.


    Arya Reply:

    That’s the great thing about it, Juju! You can wear it with layers. My hair actually has a lot of layers in it. You just have to be extra careful to work the short one in tightly in the front. And your bun might be a bit messier, but it should work. πŸ™‚


  • February 23rd 2012
    Gina said:

    Am now wishing for my LONG hair again to try this. Tis shoulder length right now… *sigh* Very pretty though…great post. ^_^


  • February 24th 2012
    Heidi said:

    I love this post!! This was a fantastic idea, and you did great with the pictures for someone taking them themselves. I’ve done similar things with my hair often (I have fairly long curly hair as well), but never got the twist quite right. I think this should help. =)


  • February 26th 2012
    Liz. R said:

    That’s a really pretty style! I can never do things like that by myself, but I’m gonna give it a go! Or maybe ask someone to help me :P. I have pretty long hair though, so the bun bit may look a bit awkward on me…well, we’ll see! Thanks for sharing :).


  • March 1st 2012

    That’s so cool Arya! My hair is long enough but I absolutely suck at doing something with it πŸ™ Hopefully mine would look half as good as yours πŸ™‚