We’ll be analyzing 90’s characters so wear nostalgia goggles.
Princess Ariel from The Little Mermaid (actually from 1989, shhh). What’s possible when maintaining long red locks and living beneath the sea? As a redhead, in the real world, saltwater and ginger hair don’t play well together.
Lucky for Ariel, she has movie magic in her corner. Not a huge amount is unique or exciting in particular, although at times she throws it up with a blue bow that compliments her eye color. One noticeable thing about Ariel is how far down her part is. Although she may never have had even a trim, she parts past the arch of her eyebrow, which leaves her with faux-bangs and a touch of a combover. It’s a very intriguing idea that contradicts her otherwise plain style, with tresses so red, you don’t have to worry about much else.
Like Ariel, it’s probable that Belle from Beauty and the Beast hadn’t had many trims, common for women in the eighteenth century at the time of the writing of the original fairy tale. The story has roots that go back thousands of years but the animated classic seems to be set around that time. Belle has a tendency to keep it simple and easy, looks-wise, she parts down the middle and keeps bangs out of her face. Then a simple ribbon, also very similar to Ariel’s, pulls it into a low ponytail. When Belle dresses up for the beast, she still keeps her fringe pulled back from her face. She fashions a simple bun, allowing wisps to flow out at the bottom like a ponytail. Not a common approach but, in addition to Belle’s natural beauty, it would turn a couple of heads.
Jasmine’s thick locks also appear uncut. This time it’s possible, they reach roughly to her knees and aren’t layered. She generally keeps it all pulled back with a nice, jeweled headband and two decorative ties. It curls towards the end but otherwise is plain, simple and natural. When she wears a high ponytail for Jafar, it becomes clear her hair is quite straight, save for the ends. The 90’s were plain and simple times for animated heroines.
Although Pocahontas’s friend Nakoma has baby bangs, the chief’s daughter has simple, straight, dark, silky locks. It works for the romanticizing of the story which is based on a real person who lived at the turn of the seventeenth century but the reality would have been vastly different. Pocahontas was around 10 years old when she first met John Smith and probably naked with a shaved head as was customary among the tribes in the area at the time.
In our final segment, we’ll look at two more modern princesses and two classic ones.