This tutorial is inspired by the hairstyle Lily James aka Cinderella wore to the ball in the 2015 Disney Cinderella movie.
Ever since the new Cinderella movie was announced, we have had many requests for a Cinderella hairstyle tutorial. We're a little slow on getting around to this, but we finally saw the show in theatres this past weekend. We loved it, by the way! We also noticed the many cute braided hairstyles throughout. But, we decided to film a tutorial for the ball hairstyle, as it was the most requested.
As a bonus, this simple and elegant style is quite easy and should work with most hair lengths and textures.
Photo courtesy, the official Cinderella movie trailer.
You might notice in our pictures that "the Princess's" hair didn't turn out quite as curly as Cinderella's did. We were a little disappointed in our curls as we ended up having to take the curlers out after just a couple of hours, and they didn't hold as well as they usually do. We wanted the curls to look effortless and natural, but not quite as flat and blah as they turned out! If I were to try this style again, I would leave our curlers in overnight, or go for a curling wand or curling iron. ;)
The braided headband in this style can be made in several different ways, depending on your hair length and thickness. If your hair is fine, I would recommend making a braid on each side and doubling them up to make the headband appear to be thicker and more textured. And of course, if your hair is shorter, you can make a braid on each side and join the ends at the top, instead of the braids having to reach all the way across her head. We chose a rope braid because the headband on Cinderella appears to be a twist of some sort, but of course, you can do any type of braid you want. If I had to guess, I would say the original hairstyle was probably created by using a hair piece for the headband, as well as some added extensions for the glamorous looking curls. You can purchase a synthetic braided headband if you want, which would make your hair appear to be thicker and the braid more voluminous.
If you are looking for some magical sparkle just like Cinderella, some glitter could also be added as the finishing touch!
Photo courtesy allure.com
Supplies needed to recreate this hairstyle:
- Several small, clear elastics
- Several bobby pins
- Naturally curly hair ;) or a curling wand, curling iron, or other curling method. We have a tutorial for our "sponge rag rollers" if you want to try that.
- Finishing hairspray (optional)