Major kudos to Disney and Pixar on their summer blockbuster Brave.
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The heroine, Scottish Princess Mérida, is a spunky, fiery and passionate teenager, armed with a bow and arrow and her trusty horse, Angus. Mérida is defiant, yet kind; unruly, yet caring. She's ready to take on the world and set her own fate.
And she has brilliantly red, incredibly curly hair. If Mérida’s curls were straightened, according to the Disney Wiki, her hair would be four feet long and reach the middle of her calf. We here at Live Curly Live Free, of course, are loving the heroine's healthy, bouncy curls. We applaud Disney's and Pixar's efforts to make it happen: It took six research engineers and artists more than three years to bring the groundbreaking strands to life onscreen, movie officials told USA Today.
And we absolutely LOVE the scene in which Mérida sits, against her will, awaiting her suitors. Mérida is looking miserable, her hair bundled under a cap. But then when she releases a curl, she starts to set herself free.
Mérida is expected to join the Disney Princess franchise, and if she does she will be the 11th princess, and only the second with curly hair. (The first, Tiana from the Princess and the Frog, was introduced in 2009.)
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"We've never seen anything like Mérida's curly hair," Claudia Chung, the movie's simulation supervisor, says in the USA Today article.
We invite Chung to take a seat at our salon, or grab a copy of our book. We'll help release her inner curls.
Live Curly, Live Free, The e-book, is available for Kindle, iPad and Nook formats. In it, Curl Whisperer Tiffany Anderson-Taylor tells us all we need to know to have healthy, happy curls.