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4 Disney Princess Hair Tutorials

Each October, it’s the question of all questions: What are you going to be for Halloween? A vast majority of little girls will enthusiastically respond with a certain Disney princess’ name (cue appropriate theme song).

Whether your little one is prone to sing alongside mice friends, or even clocks and teapots for that matter, there’s a princess hairdo that will fit your own pretty princess’ costume.

  • Disney Princess Hair Tutorials 1 of 29
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    "The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique."

    — The Walt Disney Company

  • Rapunzel 2 of 29
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    Okay, so maybe your little princess doesn't have hair 70 feet long that magically glows and reverses aging (that'll be the day); but she can still get the look without all the tricks. Let me show you how ...

  • Braid Half of Crown 3 of 29
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    Start by parting the hair down the middle. French braid half of the crown. Once you reach the back of the head, stop picking up additional pieces and switch to basic braiding. Secure with a clear elastic. Repeat on the other side.

     

    How-To French Braid Instructions

  • French Braid Center 4 of 29
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    Gather the remaining loose hair (in the middle) and French braid. Secure with another clear elastic. 

  • Loosen Braids 5 of 29
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    Loosen the braids by gently threading your pointer finger under braided pieces and carefully pulling out. This technique will slightly loosen the braids to allow for weaving and placement of flowers.

  • Lace Side Braids 6 of 29
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    Take one side braid and carefully thread it through the main braid, as if lacing a shoe. Repeat on the other side. You've done it correctly, if both side braids are crossed, creating an X.

  • Continue Down Center Braid 7 of 29
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    Use you pointer finger to make a clear hole for the side braids to pull-through. Repeat this criss-crossing and lacing sequence through the main braid until you reach the elastic end. Remove the elastic from the middle braid and re-braid the tails of the side braids into the main braid.

  • Add Flowers 8 of 29
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    Add a variety of fresh flowers into the braids. When cutting, be sure to leave enough stem for easy threading — you can always trim the excess from the backside, if needed.

  • Rapunzel Review 9 of 29
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    1. French braid two halves
    2. French braid middle
    3. Criss-cross side braids into main braid
    4. Repeat for the remaining length of braids
    5. Add fresh flowers
  • Cinderella 10 of 29
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    "Why … it's like a dream. A wonderful dream come true!" says Cinderella to the Fairy Godmother. Your little princess will share the same sentiments upon seeing her beautiful Cinderella lookalike updo! 

  • Ponytail & Braid 11 of 29
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    Gather all hair, and place in a high ponytail. Section off a small strand (will later be used to wrap around the bun) and braid. Secure with a clear elastic band.

  • Tease The Tail 12 of 29
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    Using a fine-tooth comb, tease the ponytail. Teasing will allow for a bigger bun. If your child has thick hair, backcombing may or may not be necessary.

  • Wrap Bun & Braid 13 of 29
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    Gather the ponytail and wrap it around itself into a bun. For a more detailed explanation, you can see a video tutorial on Pink Pistachio. Secure the bun with bobby pins. Wrap the braid around the base of the bun and secure with additional bobby pins. 

  • Add Ribbon 14 of 29
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    Wrap baby blue or black ribbon (Cinderella's two colors of choice) around the base of the head. Tie in a sweet bow at the base of the neck. Finish with hairspray.

  • Cinderella Review 15 of 29
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    1. Put hair into a high ponytail
    2. Braid a small section 
    3. Twist bun and wrap braid around the base
    4. Add a ribbon headband
  • Merida 16 of 29
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    "Our fate lives within us, you only have to be brave enough to see it." Willfully brave and spirited, Princess Merida's wild curly hair follows suit.

  • Divide Into Sections and Curl 17 of 29
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    Before styling, the hair should be washed, treated with a heat protectant spray (see also: "It's a 10") and blown dry. Plan to section hair into horizontal thirds. You'll want to start with the underneath layer first and clamp the remaining two-thirds on top of the crown. Using a curling wand, wrap a section of hair (approx. 1-2 inches in diameter) around a curling iron or curling wand. Leave a bit of a tail at the ends, so hair lays more naturally.  

  • Repeat 18 of 29
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    Repeat this process for the remaining two-thirds of the hair. Remember to clamp the remaining hair (not being curled) on top of the crown. You may choose to spritz with hairspray after each section is completed, for added hold.

  • Separate with Fingers 19 of 29
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    Once all hair is curled, gently run your fingers through to toss and lightly breakup the curls. Doing so, will help the curls combine and separate, naturally. Generously spray with hairspray, for added hold.

  • Merida Review 20 of 29
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    1. Divide hair into horizontal thirds
    2. Curl small strands using a curling wand
    3. Repeat for remaining two-thirds 
    4. Finger-toss hair to separate and combine
    5. Finish with hairspray
  • Belle 21 of 29
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    "I want adventure in the great wide somewhere." Look, over there! It's the Belle of the Ball. Literally. Give your little princess hair worth twirling for! 

  • Hot Rollers 22 of 29
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    Start by sectioning clean hair and wrapping around hot rollers. If hair has a tendency to resist curls, apply mousse before curling. Let set for 15 - 20 minutes.

  • Set Headband 23 of 29
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    Remove rollers; but don't brush or finger-toss the curls. Put on a headband, making sure to leave a section in front of the ear (used for twisting, later on).

  • Tease Crown 24 of 29
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    Using a teasing comb (or fine tooth comb), tease small sections of hair beginning at the base of the headband and repeat over the entire crown.

  • Smooth & Shape 25 of 29
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    Using the comb, gently smooth the outermost layer (skimming the top) of the poof to shape, smooth, and remove flyaways. 

  • Set with Pins 26 of 29
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    Gather the teased crown and pull back. Haphazardly insert bobby pins to securely hold in place. Being carefree about pin placement will help create a more effortless look. 

  • Twist Bangs 27 of 29
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    Twist bangs away from the face and pin into the back of the updo.

  • Shape Curls 28 of 29
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    Gently twist together curls and bring two sections forward over the shoulders. Spray all over with hairspray to set.

  • Belle Review 29 of 29
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    1. Put in hot rollers
    2. Place headband, leaving front bang section in front of ears
    3. Tease the crown
    4. Smooth and shape and pull back into a half updo
    5. Secure with pins
    6. Twist bangs away from face and pin into the updo
    7. Finish with hairspray

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