The kids have been asking me everyday how many days it is until Halloween and it’s a holiday that we’ve honestly been low-key enjoying for the last couple of weeks already! We decorated the front of the house 2 weekends ago, spruced up a couple areas inside the house with Halloween décor, and just decided on our family Halloween costume for this year a few days ago! It’s actually been so nice to have the holidays to look forward to during this time –anybody else?
One of Mei’s favorite costumes is Elsa from Disney’s Frozen! While the dress is honestly something she wears year-round, the entire costume gets lots of extra love during the entire month of October. Mei has actually been trying to grow her hair out for the last few months as she’s told me she wants to do “fancy hair”, and of course at the top of that list was the iconic Elsa braid. Read on to see how I transformed my girl’s short find hair into a high-volume long side French braid with 3 simple secrets (and everything is available on Amazon too with Prime shipping so you’ll be able to get it in time for Halloween this weekend)!
Elsa Braid Tutorial
Our “Before”: Shoulder-Length Bob With Slightly Grown-Out Bangs
Mei got my fine thin hair and for the longest time, she’s rocked a super cute chin-length bob with blunt-cut bangs that went straight across. It was a low-maintenance style that kept her hair from getting super tangled and also seemed to really fit her petite features. About 2 months ago though, she voiced her opinion deciding that she wanted long hair and to “cut off her bangs”, which really meant that she just didn’t want bangs anymore. 🤣 And so, we’ve been slowly growing out her hair and pushing her bangs to the side so that they’ll stay out of her face. I’ve been experimenting with different hair styles to also clip her bangs back and away from covering her eyes (see here for our fun messy pigtail buns tutorial!).
To transform Mei’s short hair into a long Elsa braid, I first picked up a few hair tools and accessories from Amazon:
- hair extensions (I recommend 20″ and longer for this style)
- Tangle Teezer Back-Combing Teaser Brush (also here)
- Tangle Teezer Ultimate Finisher
- Tangle Teezer Original Detangler (24,800+ reviews!!)
- Bumble and Bumble Strong Finish Hair Spray
- Rhinestone Snowflake Clips + Bobby Pins
- Snowflake Spiral Twist Hair Pins (larger snowflake option)
- Elsa dress (optional)
Our “After”: High-Volume Long French Braid
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#ad Halloween is nearly here and you can bet it’s reason enough for this girl to wear her Elsa dress several times a week! ❄️ Mei has been wanting to grow her hair out for the longest time so we could do the signature Elsa braid, so I picked up some @tangleteezerUS tools and a set of hair extensions to see what magic we could do for Halloween! 🌟 Love the way everything turned out and I was even able to achieve the super high volume look thanks to the @tangleteezerUS Ultimate Teaser and Ultimate Finisher brushes! 🙌🏻 Watch the IGTV tutorial to see everything in action! #PowersInTheTeeth
Watch the video to see all the tools in action!
Step 1: Brush out all the tangles using the Tangle Teezer Detangler.
I’ve talked about how this brush has been a game changer for us as Mei has hair that seems to get tangled with the slightest movement. If you’ve yet to try Tangle Teezer, here’s the scoop: all Tangle Teezer brushes are created with a combination of short and long teeth — the long teeth work to detangle without pulling while the shorter teeth work to smooth and shine as it goes. We went from Mei previously avoiding brushing her hair at all costs to now requesting to have her hair brushed and braided by me every chance she gets! The brush is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and is safe to use on both dry and wet hair.
Step 2: Tease hair to create volume.
After having so much success with the Tangle Teezer Original Detangler Brush, I decided to also pick up the Tangle Teezer Back-Comb Teasing Brush and Tangle Teezer Finisher Brush. After my first use of this teasing comb, I am 100% sold! Teasing hair can be somewhat damaging to the hair cuticle, but this back-combing tool from Tangle Teezer doesn’t have that effect at all. This comb has a greater density of teeth at the base, which really helps compact the hair towards the roots to give extra volume quickly and easily. The design of the Tangle Teezer teeth here also make it such that the hair isn’t matted down and is actually easy to brush out afterwards! I personally found that the teased hair stayed put and this teasing comb really was the must-have tool to create that high-volume look for this Elsa braid.
Step 3: Clip in hair extensions, if needed.
If you’re using hair extensions, you’ll want clip them in starting about halfway down the back of the head. You don’t want to start too high as there’s not enough hair to hide the extension clips, and not too low as there’s not enough hair to secure the extension. I personally also teased the hairline using the Tangle Teaser Back Comb Teasing Brush right below where I clipped in the extension, creating almost a mini “shelf” for the extension to secure into.
Step 4: Pull back top hair and smooth out the top of hair using the Tangle Teezer Finisher.
Create that smooth high volume look by pulling back the top of teased hair near the forehead and smooth it out very gently using the longer teeth in the Tangle Teezer Finisher. Hold in place with a few spritzes of Bumble and Bumble Strong Finish Hair Spray.
Step 5: French braid all the way down.
I start the French braid a little farther back for the style, about 4-5″ back from the forehead. This helps to preserver that high-volume style in the front that’s key to re-creating that Elsa look!
Step 6. Pull and spread out braid once finished.
Once the French braid is completed all the way down, secure in place with an elastic. Then gently pull out and “pancake” the braid to create a bigger plait. Elsa’s braid has that slightly undone look so you’ll want to make sure none of the braid sections are too tight.
Step 7: Finish with snowflake hair accessories.
And finally, add that final touch to the braid with a snowflake pin at the bottom and a few snowflake twist pins all throughout the braid. This step really finishes off the look and turns the braid into an Elsa braid!
Tangle Teezer Back-Combing Teaser Brush (also here)
Tangle Teezer Ultimate Finisher
Tangle Teezer Original Detangler (24,800+ reviews!!)
Bumble and Bumble Strong Finish Hair Spray
Rhinestone Snowflake Clips + Bobby Pins
Snowflake Spiral Twist Hair Pins (larger snowflake option)
Elsa dress (optional)
And so, my top 3 secrets are no doubt the Tangle Teezer brushes (Original Detangler, Back-Combing Teaser, and Finisher) that really helps to create that high-volume look that Elsa rocks for her iconic braid. I’m so glad I discovered these brushes as they’ve definitely helped me step up my Mom game and give my girl some cute hairstyles! The Bumble and Bumble hair spray probably comes in as a very close honorable mention as it’s incredible for holding hair in place without making it stiff or crunchy either.
Let me know if you give this high-volume French braid hairstyle a try — it’s perfect for little girls but low-key I may just be re-creating it on myself this weekend too!
Have you done and Elsa braid before? Let me know in a comment below!
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