Let It Go! See Our GIF Guide to Creating a Frozen-Inspired Queen Elsa Braid
It may be too early to build a snowman, but there's still ample time to prepare your Frozen ensemble for Halloween! We have a pretty strong feeling that all things related to the now-iconic Disney flick will be popular costume choices come next week, and no Queen Elsa look is complete without her trademark side-braid. In the spirit of the season, we asked InStyle.com Editorial Assistant Rita Kokshanian to twist up her own version of Elsa's signature plait, which we broke down into handy instructional GIFs to ensure your own version hits all the right notes. Start practicing your best rendition of "Let It Go" and check out our step-by-step tutorial below!
Begin by parting your hair to the side, mist on a texturizer or root-lift spray like Big Sexy Hair's version ($18; ulta.com), and tease hair at the crown to add height. Make sure to leave out a few face-framing tendrils in the front.
Brush over the top of the teased area to hide your backcombing, and start twisting your hair into a French braid. Once it hits the nape of your neck, move the plait to your side and continue braiding your length until you reach your ends. Tie off the style with a clear elastic.
With a curling wand like Amika's Switch Kit ($100; sephora.com), wrap the loose wisps in the front around the rod to form a soft wave. Sweep each of the tendrils toward the back of your head to mimic Elsa's windswept layers.
Add more body to the braid by pulling out a few sections to make it appear more volumized. You can use your teasing comb to further exaggerate certain areas. Finish with a light veil of hairspray---we used Big Sexy Hair's Get Layered ($18; ulta.com).