Hair Flower Wreath White Frame
Hair Flower

Hair Flower Wreath Heart Frame

Hair flowers are made by wrapping the hair around a rod and using a fine wire to twist around and hold the hair together.  Depending upon the size of the rod and the amount of hair used, different looks are produced.  Many different shapes and sizes of flowers can be made in this manner.  Each petal and leaf is individually made and then combined to create the flower shape desired.  In the pictures above there are several sizes and shapes used to create each "petal".

Hair flowers were arranged together to form large wreaths and then placed inside a deep frame.  Sometimes these wreaths incorporated the hair of an entire family and got very very large.  They were made to be hung on a wall and displayed.  Not all wreaths were made as memorials to the deceased, many were made to honor the members of a family, a church group, schools etc.

Most of the large hair wreaths were formed into a horseshoe shaped wreath that was placed on a silk or velvet background inside the frame.  When memorial wreaths were made, hair was collected from the deceased and added to the wreath whenever any one died.  The top of the wreath was always kept open.... ascending heavenward.  It is reported that the newest addition would be placed in the center, and then moved to the side to become part of the large wreath when the next person passed away.  The official mourning period in Victorian times was one year.

Large Wreath Picture

Antique Hair Flower Wreath

In Independence Missouri, Leila Cohoon has the largest collection of hair wreaths known today.

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Leila and her Museum

Hair Flower Bouquet

Hair Flowers Displayed Under a Glass Dome

This is a hair flower wreath

that I created using a family's hair

         Oval Hair Flower
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