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Marie-Antoinette's Hair
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Author:  Elizabeth [ Mon Feb 19, 2007 3:20 pm ]
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This is a silly question in my mind, but I can't imagine the answer! How did M.A. manage her hair before sleeping? How long it must have taken to 'un-do' her coiffure! Did the same hairdresser take her hair down in the evening? :o

Author:  Pimprenelle [ Mon Feb 19, 2007 4:09 pm ]
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I am no specialist at all, dear, but, as far as I know, people in those times did not undo their hair each evening. The slept with a bonnet in order to keep it ready, on the contrary.

However, I think Marie Antoinette met her hairdresser every morning, and had her hair so done again, or at least her hairdo corrected, for being the queen she had to look perfect.

This way, women's hair got fragile, of course. It no doubt is one of the reasons why Marie Antoinette lost her hair after the dauphin's birth. Some even say it was after Marie Therese Charlotte's birth.

Author:  Elizabeth [ Mon Feb 19, 2007 5:14 pm ]
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Yes, I had read that she lost her hair from being fragile. Did she use wigs after then?

Author:  Monsieur Royale [ Mon Feb 19, 2007 8:33 pm ]
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Didn't she just change the way she did her hair? I think thats what she did but i am not sure..

Author:  Pimprenelle [ Mon Feb 19, 2007 8:45 pm ]
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Yes, she had her hair cut and chose the "à l'enfant" hairdo.

Author:  Maria Antonia de France [ Mon Feb 19, 2007 10:15 pm ]
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I wonder if there are paintiings of her in that hair style

Author:  Louis-Charles [ Mon Feb 19, 2007 10:19 pm ]
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Like that no? :


But I'm not sure.... :wink:

Author:  Maria Antonia de France [ Mon Feb 19, 2007 10:47 pm ]
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Really thats the hair style i never knew that.

Author:  Pimprenelle [ Tue Feb 20, 2007 10:34 am ]
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On most of her portraits, Marie Antoinette is represented with this "à l'enfant" hairdo.


Actually, with this hairdo, your hair are rather short, and longer behind. If you carefully look at people's hair at this period or during the revolution, they all have this kind of hairdo : short before (cut just below the ears), long behind.

Author:  Maria Antonia de France [ Tue Feb 20, 2007 11:55 pm ]
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Th"à l'enfante is my favorite hairstyle of the queen and this one


Author:  Pimprenelle [ Wed Feb 21, 2007 9:21 am ]
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On this one, she has her hairstyle before having to cut her hair. It is a pouf. I perfer "à l'enfant" hairdo, which seems to me more natural.

Author:  Maria Antonia de France [ Wed Feb 21, 2007 9:22 pm ]
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Was Marie Antoinette a blond or a brunette

Author:  Therese [ Thu Feb 22, 2007 3:14 am ]
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She was a blond with auburn glints.

Author:  Pimprenelle [ Thu Feb 22, 2007 9:35 am ]
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It is so difficult to determine... Some eye witness described her being "more blond than brunette". On the other hand, Mme du Barry immediately called her "la petite rousse" (little rehead), the revolutionaries empathized on this, but Rosalie Lamorliere said she was blond, not red.

The problem is that red hair was not appreciated in XVIII century France. So, Marie Antoinette carefully tried to hide her true colour...

However, those roselike reflections in her hair on paintings obviously come from red glints under the powder.

That's why I am tempted to think that Marie Antoinette was sandy blond (like other Habsburg ladies) and became more auburn while aging. Later, with some grey hair, her colour turned to clearer again.

Author:  Therese [ Thu Feb 22, 2007 12:50 pm ]
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That sounds like an accurate description to me.

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