Spooky costumes are an important Halloween tradition – the evening of candy gobbling and delicious thrills wouldn’t be the same without ghouls, goblins, vampires, and mummies. Still, some of our little ones are more interested in the sweet and magical side of dress-up, which means they’d rather be a fairy than Frankenstein or a princess than a pirate. And, of course, along with a magical costume comes magical hair. Here are a couple quick tutorials to help make your little one’s Halloween even more enchanting.
The Elsa Braid:
In 2014, the characters from Disney’s Frozen topped the charts of favorite Halloween costumes, and Elsa – the most popular Frozen character of all – has stayed at the top of the list. So, if your little one begs you to be Elsa this year, we’ve got you covered. Find an Elsa costume (or just use a blue dress matched with a silvery shawl), and follow this tutorial for a very special Elsa braid.
This is essentially a reverse French braid. To begin, detangle the hair and then brush it straight back. Gather three pieces of hair from the crown of the head.
Then, begin braiding the three strands, pulling a little bit more of the loose hair into each of the three strands as you braid. For the reverse French braid look (where the braid appears to be elevated, or sitting on top of the rest of the hair), weave the outside sections underneath the middle section instead of weaving them over the middle section).
Once you run out of loose hair to add in to the braid, simply braid the three strands together as a normal braid, continuing until you’ve reached the end of the hair’s length. Secure with a hair band.
When the braid is finished, gently pull the strands apart, slightly loosening them so that the braid appears thicker.
Finally, gently ease the direction of the braid over one shoulder, so that it hangs in front like a true Elsa braid. Finish with hairspray.
The Fairy Crown Braid:
Another popular Halloween favorite is the fairy costume. Pick up a Tinkerbell costume, or simply pop on a pair of wings and let your little one wear their favorite dress or tutu. To top it off, try this beautiful fairy crown braid.
To begin, detangle the hair and brush hair around all sides of the head (so that it covers the ears, face, and neck).
Next, begin a French braid by separating three pieces of hair from the nape of the neck. Braid up towards the forehead, pulling in loose hair to each strand as you braid. Keep the braid tight and close to the head.
Keep braiding across the forehead and down the other side of the head, adding in loose hair as you go.
When you have reached the end of the hair’s length, secure the end of the braid with a hair band. Then, pin the end of the braid beneath the beginning of the braid (where you started). Use as many pins as necessary to ensure a secure hold.
Finally, gently pull the strands of the braid apart, slightly loosening them so that the braid appears thicker. Spray with hairspray and finish off with a sprinkling of “fairy dust.”
Great job on your child’s Halloween hair! Now all you need to do is find a Halloween costume for yourself – don’t worry, we’ll take care of your hair!