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There is a style of hair plaiting and taping that is predominant in late 15th Century Germany. This style of hair helped shape German fashion and the evolution of the Wulsthaube in German culture. This style is now commonly referred to as "crown braids" or "heidi braids" and was worn braided or bound/taped at intervals of a ponytail. Simple modern instructions on how to wear this style may be found on the internet.
This style was worn with and without a steuchlein over the hair style. Here are some examples of this style as worn by ladies in 15th Century Germany without a steuchlein:
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Over time the look that was created by the steuchlein being worn over the hair helped the evolution of the wulsthaube - resulting in more extravagant and exaggerated styles for persons of a higher-class. These later developing styles caused for additional materials to create the desired look of the larger wultshaube. Initially, the "bump" or "wulst" was the ladies hair worn in the crown style beneath the steuchlein.
Before starting to discuss the fashionable and practical hairstyle that so greatly affected German fashion, let's take a visual walk through the evolution of the wulsthaube:
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