I was seven years old when I went to see Pocahontas in theaters and I very proudly wore my purple t-shirt with my new favorite princess’s face splashed across the front while I watched and marveled at her bravery throughout the movie. That film began my love for all things Disney princess. I loved the way that girls like Ariel, Pocahontas and Mulan took great steps to sacrifice for what they believed in. That courage inspired me as a young impressionable girl dealing with societal pressures. And, of course, I also loved the infamous Disney princess hair.
This list will show you my five favorite Disney princesses and help you take each of their iconic, classic hairstyles and give them a modern, wearable spin. Whether your plans this spring will take you to the beach, the mountains or the city, you’ll love the unique twists of each hairstyle and the way they can be so glamorous and innovative. And what better way to feel like that than to take inspiration form the princesses themselves?
The Sophisticated Mermaid
Why it works: It’s bouncy and movable just like Ariel’s hair, giving it a feminine and playful quality. At the same time, it mixes in some of the vintage glamour that we all love for a formal event. It’s grown up and flirty all at the same time. And by incorporating the volume in the bangs, this look is quintessentially Ariel. I can almost picture Emma sighing up into her bangs or pulling a dinglehopper out of her purse!
How to recreate: Blowdry the hair with a large round brush to give your hair smoothness and volume. Then take horizontal sections down the head from the part line and curl positively and negatively, meaning you’ll turn the curling iron under at the first turn and then curl the next part of the section out. For each use of the iron, you’ll switch the direction you curl. Make sure to follow the same bends as you move around the head so the curls are uniform. After they have cooled for about ten minutes, comb through with a large comb and spray with hairspray.
Hint: Use a shine spray after finishing for that extra pop of brightness!
The Boho Babe
Why it works: It is simple enough to be boho chic, but formal enough to be paired with the right dress for any occasion. And the way the hair has a great amount of balance perfectly combining volume and an overall straighter texture is very Pocahontas. The finishing touch is the pop of turquoise from the beaded headband completing the entire theme with subtle perfection.
How to recreate: Work with what you have! If your hair is curlier, then smooth it out with your blowdryer just enough so that it has a bit of bend. Since Pocahontas is all about being yourself, I can’t tell you to flat iron it stick straight! But if your hair is straight, then use a large round brush to get volume and finish with a texturing spray to get that free flowing, undone quality on your tresses. And don’t forget to add a hint of turquoise to complete the look!
The Modern Geisha
Why it works: It’s a modern take on the geisha look which Mulan sports during parts of the movie. It can be taken to an even more dramatic look by adding a flower as Mulan wears. What I love most about it is the slickness of the hair and how it’s pulled up high and tight, giving it a very couture feel. It’s very smooth and polished for any black tie affair but still playful enough for a prom.