Letters From Your Hairdresser

5 Hairstyles Inspired By Your Favorite Disney Princesses

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How to recreate: Use a slicking product like Kevin Murphy’s Young.Again Oil to give your hair shine and that sleek look. Brush it in from the hair line back and then gather the hair into a high ponytail. To complete, you can either bust out your best sock bun by rolling your hair over a sock to get big volume or you can tease the ponytail, smooth out the outsides and twist the length into a high bun. Finish with hairspray and add a lilly or cherry blossom for a totally authentic Mulan look!

Hint: Use the toothbrush trick to make sure all the hair at your hair line stays down and in place.

The Arabian Beauty

Inspired by: Jasmine’s trendy hairpiece


Why it works: A chic middle part, volume rolled back into the length and an incredibly trendy piece of hair jewelry is so Jasmine and so amazingly cool. The girl that wears this hairstyle to prom or elsewhere will look sophisticated and worldly and will be sure to turn heads all night. Use the length of the hair in an intricate updo or go classic Jasmine with a pumped up couture ponytail. I love that this look feels effortless and bohemian yet so well thought out at the same time.

How to recreate: Place your hair piece on your middle part and clasp in the back so that it stays. Sometimes I have to use a bobby pin to secure in the back, so do that if you have fine hair like me. Then, roll a section back on each side to get big, big volume along the front. From this point you can either tuck those two rolls into a half up style under your hairpiece or you can go with a full on updo. My favorite way to do this would be to pull all of the hair including the two rolls into a low ponytail. And then backcomb the entire ponytail and smooth out the outside for big, smooth volume. Then add ponytail holders two inches apart all the way down the length of the hair. This is totally Jasmine and also happens to be huuuuge on the runways this season!

Hint: Order a replica of the infamous Kim K piece on  Amazon here! I had a bride bring this in for a trial recently and I was so inspired that I bought a copy for myself to rock all summer!

The Vintage Glam

Inspired by: Tiana’s wavy bob


Why it works: If you are one of the bold beauties rocking a shorter hairstyle these days, this is the perfect way to do it up in a way that’s classy, fearless and fun. That retro feel will never go out of style so you’ll always look back at photos and see a timeless quality to them. Also, this look can perfectly balance out a more glam, modern dress or take center stage in complementing a simple little black dress.

How to recreate: You’ll need a root booster and a lotion to give you hold. Blowdry both in until your hair is completely dry. Then bust out your hot rollers for some vintage inspiration. Place them back in the crown and towards the face around the hair line because the key to a great retro look is movement around the face. Once your rollers have had time to completely cool, take them out and spray all hair with hairspray. Then, brush through with a smoothing brush to finish!

Hint: Make sure to use a boar brush for smoothing to get extra shine.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1290879015 Mayme Shaheem-Mills

    All white women, bar one, to represent hairstyles of WOC, bar one, (infact, that first Ariel/Emma Stone inspiration is the only one that didn’t make me roll my eyes)

    There’s so many things wrong here to me, but to be concise:

    Is not Mulan’s inspired hairstyle the hairstyle that she felt least comfortable in throughout the entire movie? Way to put her back in the mould she tried so hard to break away from.

    Your Arabian Beauty inspiration picture clearly features a woman in traditional Indian garb. The two aren’t interchangeable.

    And, finally – I really can’t understand why you didn’t use a black woman sporting a vintage bob inspired hairstyle for Tiana’s hairstyle (there are so many! from Rihanna to Zoe Saldana. Seriously, you just have to google it!)

    I think the most frustrating thing is that it would have been SO EASY to get this right.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=579751642 Rhonda Yearwood

      Well said and thanks for saying this Mayme Shaheem-Mills!
      I do wonder what their answer will be to your legit complaints?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1290879015 Mayme Shaheem-Mills

        I’m not entirely sure that anyone will respond, but I felt it was important to get my frustration out there, especially since it’s frustration shared amongst many WOC (:

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=35406095 Makea King

      Very well said. Saved me the trouble.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=564340703 Cristina I. Falangee

      ^ Totally agree with this. Plus, “modern geisha” influenced by Mulan? First, Geishas are Japanese. Second, Mulan was getting prepared to be a bride, not an entertainer.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1290879015 Mayme Shaheem-Mills

        You’re absolutely correct! I didn’t see the “Modern Geisha” subtitle, but that is appalling!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=763355423 Hannah Bear

      Thank you for saying that, Mayme Shaheem-Mills! The amount of cultural appropriation in this post made me very uncomfortable and it’s great you brought that to attention. It’s something we all need to be more aware of on a daily basis!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=578300929 Norma Jeane


    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=201600673 Nita-Bunny Kang

      Yeah, I thought this article sounded off too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=568454151 Allison New

    These seem racist. I don’t think it’s appropriate content for this site.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1168740071 Christina Faith

    Wow, I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who found these offensive. A little rudimentary research and a pinch of cultural sensitivity would have gone a long way. Mulan, for starters, takes place in China and geishas are a part of Japanese culture but what’s the difference, right? Ugh. Terrible.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=654130575 Kate Allen

    Hey guys, I want to respond to these comments in one post because they all seem to say the same thing. First, I want to make clear that I am most certainly not racist and to have that label pulled on me is a bit shocking. If you knew me in my real life, you would know how untrue that statement actually is. My family is hugely diverse in culture and from the time I was a little girl, I’ve been spending time and sharing memories with cousins of every type of background (African-American, Vietnamese, Native American). I’ve always believed in having respect for and love towards those of other backgrounds and origins. I myself have Native American and African American blood running through my veins and anyone that knows me knows how proud I am of that. And here in a couple years, I’ll marry a South Asian man and be joined to a new culture that I love and admire. My point is that you have to look no further than my everyday life and the interactions I have to see that I am clearly not a racist nor did I intend to write any words that could be seen as racist.

    Secondly, I do apologize for the Geisha title. That was poorly titled on my part and I apologize if that offended anyone. Next time I’ll be more careful with that.

    And lastly, I just want to explain the overall idea and concept for this post in an effort to show you what my intent was. I am a hairdresser and I live and breathe beauty. When I wrote this post, I was looking at my five favorite princesses and some of my favorite hairstyles they wore in each movie (why I chose Tiana’s bob and Mulan’s bun) and I wanted to show others how they could recreate these looks with a modern twist. When I was looking at photos showing a recreation, I was looking for photos of hair that I felt represented that exactly. I apologize that me not using your examples of Zoe Saldana or other women to represent Tiana or otherwise was seen as a blatant offensive choice I made and that was certainly not my intent. I was simply looking at hair and what styles I felt completely represented what I was looking for, not to represent the color of skin each princess had. If that is offensive, then I’m truly sorry, but as I said, I’m a hairdresser and was simply looking at the hair.

    Also, me using an Indian bride for the Jasmine inspired hairstyle wasn’t me saying that both cultures are interchangeable. Remember, these princesses were simply inspiration for a new hairstyle that I could see girls my age wearing. And since I’ve been planning an Indian wedding myself, I was really excited to showcase this amazing head jewelry that I love. That was simply it. The link between Jasmine and the Indian bride was just that jewelry based on the way Jasmine wore hers.

    Lastly, I just want to reiterate that I never meant with this post to offend other cultures. I have nothing but respect for and love towards people of other background’s and life experiences and I hope that by me explaining myself a bit, you can clearly see that now. Thank you all for your comments and allowing me to explain myself a bit!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1290879015 Mayme Shaheem-Mills

      I think it’s refreshing and progressive that you’ve actually responded, so I want to thank you for that.

      First of all, I wanna make clear that I wouldn’t dream of speaking on behalf of everyone who had an opinion similar to mine on this post, I simply don’t have the right.

      Secondly, I can appreciate that you chose Mulan’s bun because it was stylistically pleasing, rather than it being typecasting – so I retract my statement about that.

      Thirdly, at least for myself, I wasn’t necessarily calling you a rascist, especially not a rascist in the traditional sense of the word. The “you” referred to in my comment was directed toward a generic non-WOC and that person’s role in the appropriation of WOC. I should have made that clearer, it wasn’t intended as a personal attack. I appreciate that you, Kate Allen the hairdresser, are probably not a rascist. However, I don’t really accept your reasoning behind it. Saying that you’re not a rascist because you have a culturally diverse family and lifestyle is a flawed and incomplete argument. (For example a person can be tolerant toward African people, but not at all tolerant to Chinese people purely based on where these two sets of people are from – still kinda rascist!) But equally, I’m not here to demand that you explain why you’re not a rascist – recognising that there were flaws in this article is enough for me.

      Fourthly, the issue for me has now turned from one of an active discrimination toward WOC, to a passive one. One that I feel is even more dangerous, because it’s a type of discrimination that is so ingrained in society that a person doesn’t consciously think about it anymore. When you looked at these images and these movies and thought of an inspired hairstyle, you applied these hairstyles to one specific type of woman with one specific type of hair, and this resulted in the overwhelming white-washing in this post. It seems like it just didn’t occur to you that another woman with a different hair texture might want to see at least one of these styles in a format they were familiar with. And that, to me, is a problem. I think this problem is then magnified by the fact that the inspiration images for the hairstyles were mostly images of animated WOC (so now it almost reads that in real life WOC just don’t exist).

      By your response it’s clear to see that your intention wasn’t to offend anyone, and any upset caused was due to this passive social attitude toward WOC, rather than an active discrimination by you. Hopefully by my comment you can see that my intention wasn’t to upset anyone, either. Rather, to call attention to an important and problematic part of today’s media in all forms and how it’s important to think about how the world looks at content posted on media platforms, so that together we can reach a point where there are no problematic parts of media at all. In this context, that means that you need to appreciate that your readership is made up of more than one type of woman and make posts that reflect that, or your readership will continue to be upset.

      Thank you for taking the time to explain your position, and hopefully reading my attempt to explain mine.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=747125021 Ali Gangji

    As an Indian and a Muslim, I don’t think the content of this post is racially motivated or ignorant, but the comments are both.

    Perhaps it was naive and inconsiderate of Kate to use mostly white women as examples, but that’s it.

    To take issue with the fact that her Jasmine inspired image shows a woman wearing Indian garb is is pretty insulting since you clearly know very little about India, the Middle East, or even Aladdin. The Disney movie is hardly an accurate depiction of anything in the Middle East. In fact, in the original story, Aladdin is Chinese and the story takes place in China.

    Also, India and the Middle East share a lot of culture. What Jasmine is wearing in that image looks nothing like what you would see in the Middle East and is in fact much more Indian and I’m sure it originated there.

    Kate made no claims that Jasmine inspired look was authentically Indian or “Arabian” (which by the way doesn’t describe any specific cultural group). It seems to me she was only replicating what was in the Disney images.

    It’s like you’re insinuating that these Disney movies are not racist in the first place. That to me, is offensive. Disney movies are pretty much Western culture to begin with. No wonder all the photos are of white women, all the Disney princess have white hair except for Jasmine, who has Indian hair.

    • Medium Success

      Exactly my response! It is really sad that the western world can’t distinguish between an Indian and an Arabian dress. So misinformed!

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