Women back then had long hair (well, almost all of them). Womens hair was a sign of health and femininity. The hair was only cut if it was really necessary. On victorian photos, the hair looks always waved. Probably because they slept with braided hair instead of loose hair.
As you can see, the hair looks amazing when it is just loose, although it my be a little impractible in school or on your bike ;). I bet that the hair of the woman in the right is just as long as the others womans hair. It looks very good to wear your long hair upswept or in a bun.
Here is a website that shows several victorian hairstyles : Victorian Hairstyles
Are you a long-haired (:)) person and liked my post, maybe it would be fun if you would wear a victorian updo and made a picture of it. I can put in on my blog if you want to.