OIRAN HAIR DECORATIONS

Next to the spectacular kimonos they wore they also had a very expansive set of hair combs and pins. Below some examples of the combs that were used in sets of 2 or 3 and an example of a hair pin of which there were several as can be seen on the prints. These particular ones are made of tortoise shell and are amazingly light.
old kanzashi old kanzashi

WHAT TO WEAR IN MY HAIR

To complete a set of pins for the OIRAN or TAYU we need several pieces. Fashions have changed over time, which is visible in the prints, and the amount of pins have varied, but the minimum we would need is:
- 1 to 3 combs
- 0 or 1 kougai
- either 1 tamakanzashi or 1 matsuba kanzashi up to 2 tama and 2 matsuba kanzashi
- 12 yoshicho kanzashi or 12 horauchi kanzashi or 6 yoshicho and 6 hirauchi kanzashi

Then again there could be a few more in various combinations.

Ultimately we see a hyogo oiran hairstyle, see below, with 3 combs, 1 kougai, 2 tama kanzashi, 2 matsuba kanzashi and a set of 12 of yoshicho and/or hirauchi kanzashi.



KUSHI
comb
KOUGAI
bar/bobkin
TAMA KANZASHI
ball hair pin
MATSUBA KANZASHI
pine needles hair pin
YOSHICHO KANZASHI
butterfly/earpick style hair pin
HIRAUCHI KANZASHI
flat hair pin


YOKO HYOGO OIRAN HAIR STYLE
Images from http://outlet-wig.jp/






VARIATIONS DONE ON A TAKASHIMADA HAIR STYLE

The HYOGO style was not always used, as you can see in the prints, therefore to have an idea of how it would look on another style, we placed the pins in a TAKASHIMADA style wig. This is just my simple interpretation.