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Frozen hairstyle how-to: 3 looks from the movie

Just in time for Halloween, here's a step-by-step tutorial for creating Anna's and Elsa's hairstyles from Frozen.

By Emily Rivas

Frozen hairstyle how-to: 3 looks from the movie

Disney Frozen hairstyles

Recreate the looks

So, you got your child a Frozen costume. Cross one major to-do off your Halloween list! But do you know how to recreate Anna's or Elsa's fancy hairstyles? A run-of-the-mill ponytail just won't do. But thanks to Disney Frozen Hairstyles: Inspired by Anna and Elsa—a godsend of a book for those who can't figure out a French braid— you can recreate your child's favourite looks from the Disney movie.

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Frozen hairstyle how-to: 3 looks from the movieDisney Frozen Hairstyles: Inspired by Anna and Elsa (Edda USA)

Anna's braids

Anna's calling card is a lock of hair that was streaked platinum after being struck by Elsa’s magical freezing power when they were young. With these pigtail braids, she proudly shows off her one-of-a-kind highlight.

Frozen hairstyle how-to: 3 looks from the movieDisney Frozen Hairstyles: Inspired by Anna and Elsa (Edda USA)

Get the look

1. Divide the hair in two sections. Make a shallow side part at the front. If you have a light hair lock or a ribbon, by all means fasten it in the hair on one side.

2. Bring all the hair on one side over the ear and divide it into three parts. Braid the hair, with the lock closest to the face added first into the braid.

3. Put a small elastic band on the end.

4. Take a small lock from below the elastic band and wrap it around the band. 

5. Pin the end down by placing a bobby pin behind the braid and pressing it. You can also use a small rubber band, which holds longer.

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Frozen hairstyle how-to: 3 looks from the movieDisney Frozen Hairstyles: Inspired by Anna and Elsa (Edda USA)

Elsa's icy braid

"Let it go, let it go!" You know how it goes...

When Elsa’s powers are revealed at her coronation ball, she retreats to the mountains where she feels safe. Now the Ice Queen, she showcases her signature icy braid.

Frozen hairstyle how-to: 3 looks from the movieDisney Frozen Hairstyles: Inspired by Anna and Elsa (Edda USA)

Get the look

1. Curl the hair with medium-sized curling tongs. It's best to start at the bottom and work your way to the top.

2. Lightly backcomb the hair at the top by the root.

3. Take hold of three fairly large locks of hair from the sides and start making a French braid (see next slide for instructions).

4. Add fairly large locks to the braid and keep it quite loose.

5. Continue making the braid down the length of the hair.

6. Pull the ends of the braid. It works well to hold onto the end of the braid with one hand while pulling its ends with the other hand.

7. Put a small elastic band at the end.

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Frozen hairstyle how-to: 3 looks from the movieDisney Frozen Hairstyles: Inspired by Anna and Elsa (Edda USA)

Get the look (French braid)

1. Take three locks of hair along the hairline in the front.

2. Move the lock of hair on the right over the lock in the middle.

3. Now take the lock of hair on the left and move it over the one that is in the middle.

4. Take the lock of hair on the right and add a small lock of hair laying close to it, to the lock.

5. Move the lock of hair on the right along with the added hair over the lock of hair in the middle.

6. Repeat this process to the lock of hair on the left.

7. Repeat this process all the way down or until all the hair on the head has been added to the braid.

8. When all the hair has been added to the braid, make a traditional braid down the length of the hair.

Frozen hairstyle how-to: 3 looks from the movieDisney Frozen Hairstyles: Inspired by Anna and Elsa (Edda USA)

Anna's crown

For the first time in forever, the Arendelle palace is open to the villagers. In preparation for the big event, Anna dresses up in a fancy gown and wears her hair in an fancy updo, complete pretty ribbons. She sports this style when she meets the so-called love of her life, Prince Hans.

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Frozen hairstyle how-to: 3 looks from the movieDisney Frozen Hairstyles: Inspired by Anna and Elsa (Edda USA)

Get the look

1. Pull aside hair by the hairline on either side and put the middle section in a low ponytail. Tie a ribbon around the ponytail.

2.  Start twisting the hair from the ponytail tightly.

3. Twist the ponytail up along the head in a circle.

4. Pin the bun tightly down around the circle.

5.  Try to make the twist as even as possible throughout the circle.

6. Put a braided hairband around the hair. If the child has very thick hair, take a lock from underneath the twist, braid it and wrap it around the hair instead of the hairband.

7. Lightly backcomb the loose hair and divide it in two.

8. Take hold of the left section and put two fingers under the twist on the right side.

9. Pull the hair through, underneath the twist.

10. Do the same thing on the other side.

11. Press the ends of the hair into the bun that has formed at the back, and pin the hair down. It's best to hook the pin into the bulge and the root of the hair, then push it in and down into the hairdo.

12. Decorate the middle of the hairdo with hair accessories à la Anna.

Frozen hairstyle how-to: 3 looks from the movieDisney Frozen Hairstyles: Inspired by Anna and Elsa (Edda USA)

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