Elsa from Frozen has long hair with volume. It looks hard to manage, seeing how her bangs are in a state of constant waviness. This remedies her oval face, her hairstyle stops her looking too young. She has a very circular, childish face, and light hair often exacerbates this. Elsa has a tendency to wear braids. During her inauguration, she wrapped her braid around her head in a professional style befitting of a queen. When she lets it out, it becomes one long braid down her back, a wild look mimicked by many since.
Seeing as she’s Elsa’s sister, it should come as no surprise that Anna [also from Frozen] has similar facial features, and thus wears her auburn tresses in a similar way. She wore a bun during her inauguration and a braid wrapped around her forehead. She has such a tiny forehead that having short bangs suits her. Anna likes to wear two braids, starting at her ears and tightly plaited. This adds cuteness that goes with her round, youthful face. Being redheaded, pale, and young, she’s the perfect princess for this.
There are spoilers, so watch the movie first. Rapunzel’s known for her long hair, it’s long and strong enough to help people climb a tower. Although she doesn’t do much to style it, Rapunzel wears it parted to the side. It’s very healthy, looked after by her supposed mother. Near the end, however, Rapunzel loses her long locks. What she ends up with is a flared out chin-length look. It’s almost a little spiky, most likely because it got damaged when it got cut. Because she has such bold facial features, Rapunzel doesn’t need bangs.
Lastly, we have Merida from brave. Merida is one of our younger princesses. She definitely still has a baby face so long hair is wise. Long hair was also the socially accepted norm for women in Scotland at the time (it’s fictional but the clothing, architecture, and technology are consistent with the middle ages). Merida is a bit of a tomboy, so she isn’t inclined to maintain her beautiful cascade of red locks. Instead, she allows her red ringlets to bounce down to her waist.
Merida sports lovely waves, further down it’s a touch frizzy but the magic of animation tidies-up. An interesting choice for an archer, although as the movie’s plot will tell you, she didn’t always get a say. Nonetheless, it’s beautiful, unique hair, the fact that she does nothing with it is in itself a unique statement.
We’ll be looking to the 90s and early 2000 in part two of our animated hairstyle guide.