How to do Pippi Longstocking hair

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First created by author Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking, a fictional character from numerous films and children's stories, is most well-known for her fire-engine-red plaits which stick out to the side. Pippi Longstocking is a favourite costume idea for children dressing up for fancy dress parties. You can put the ensemble together easily enough and you can learn to do Pippi Longstocking hair by following a few simple steps, with basic supplies you probably already have at home.

Colour the hair red. You can opt for a semi-permanent dye, which washes out in about six to 12 washes, if you would rather not dye the hair with a permanent colour.

Unwind the coat hanger until it is one long straight piece of wire. You should be able to do this easily enough by hand, but a pair of chain nose pliers can help.

Cut the wire into two even pieces with a pair of wire cutters. Do not worry about it being too perfect because you will not see the wire in the finished look.

Divide hair in half down the middle. You should have an equal amount of hair on both sides and you can clip one side of hair up on top of the head to get it out of the way.

Plait down one side of the hair and after you have about 2.5 cm (1 inch) of braid, place one piece of the wire on the hair in the middle where the braid will go. Try to tuck the end of the wire up into the already braided part of hair at the top. It does not matter if the wire is completely straight but it should be as straight as possible.

Plait the rest of the section of hair down and over the wire, until you reach the ends of the hair.

Wrap a hair elastic around the end of the plait to secure and repeat this process on the other side.

Bend both plaits in an upward motion, so they stick up out to the sides like Pippi Longstocking's.

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