Enter cheap hair pieces from Amazon!
I bought a cheap pack of clip in extensions and a messy curly bun. I'm fortunate in that most dark auburn hairpieces are pretty close to my hair color.
The hair extensions are quite long. You get 8 pieces: one with 4 clips, 2 with three clips, a double and several singles. I decided to use the one with 4 clips and one of the triple ones. I pinned them to my ironing board so they wouldn't move. The 4 clip extension was trimmed to about 14 inches in length and the triple clip one was trimmed to about 10 - 12 inches long. I divided the 4 clip one into 4 equal parts and used end papers (in this case toilet paper squares) to curl each section around a plain old sponger curler. I divided the triple clip one into 3 sections and did the same.
I put a pot of water on the stove and brought it to a boil then I turned off the burner. The curled extensions were placed in my metal colander and I poured the hot water over them, making sure they were soaked through. I let them cool, placed them on a towel and carefully removed the curlers, allowing the extensions to fully dry. Because some of the curls tangled a little when removing the rollers, I wrapped each one (one at a time) around a 3/4 inch dowel and sprayed it with hairspray, holding it until dry, then slipping the dowel out. That's all you need for face framing curls!
I also curled a couple of the single extensions, leaving them full length, to use for 18th century hairstyles.
Here are my Regency curls:
To do my hairstyle, I twisted my hair into a tight bun and secured it with 4 or 5 bobby pins.
Then I clipped the 4 curl extension fairly far back, knowing those curls would fall to the side.
Then I clipped the 3 curl clip closer to the front.
Then I added the bun. It has two combs and I just stretched it out and stuck the combs on each side of the bun.
I like how the bun fills out my Regency cap and the other curls frame my face.
I think these would also work well with a scarf wrapped around leaving the curls on top to show. I may go ahead and do some more to hang in the back for that kind of treatment.
Here they are with the finished outfit