Myths About Star Wars Hairstyles

One of the common myths about hairstyles in the Star Wars universe is that these intricate styles are achieved with a person’s own natural (often times long and thick) hair. In reality a combination of wigs, hair pieces and hair extensions, among other techniques, where used to give the length and volume needed for these styles. Princess Leia’s and Queen Amidala/Padmè’s hairstyles are commonly attributed to this myth. However, both Leia’s and Padmè’s hair is achieved through the for mentioned hair help. Within universe the characters achieve these hairstyles with wigs, hair filler and forms among means other than their own natural hair. In [Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Season: 3 Episode: 11, Pursuit of Peace,] a short scene near the end of the episode shows Padmè talking with her handmaiden Teckla Minnau. In the scene Teckla is holding Padmè’s senatorial wig/headdress which Padmè wears with her (blue and gold) senate dress from the Clone Wars TV show.

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(Cap-that.com) (Teckla Minnau, SWTCW: S:3 E:11)

A behind the scene photo of Padmè’s [Star Wars: The Phantom Menace] (black Coruscant) wig/headdress from [Padawan’s Guide] shows that the wearers real hair is tucked beneath the wig/headdress.

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(Padawan’s Guide Image)

Padmè’s (senate address) headdress from the same movie can also be seen here in makeup-chair, (Also from Padawan’s Guide).

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(Padawan’s Guide Image)

All in all, the notion that Star Wars hairstyles can and only should be achieved by your own natural hair is a myth in our galaxy and one far, far away.

 

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Princess Leia Cinnamon Buns Hairstyle: A New Hope.

Leia’s Cinnamon Buns:

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Leia’s Buns Debunked:

The hair in Star Wars is some of the most fantastic hair in Sci-Fi, possibly the most famous hairstyle is Princess Leia’s classic cinnamon buns from Episode IV A Hew Hope. A common myth about these buns, (as well as most of the hairstyles in Star Wars) is that they are made out of Leia’s own naturally long hair. This of course if a myth, (Carrie Fisher) had short hair while filming Star Wars, Leia’s buns are most likely achieved through hair extensions. The volume and length required for Leia’s buns are almost impossible to achieve without hair extension.

Breakdown of Leia’s Buns:

A breakdown of Leia’s cinnamon buns reveals that they are not likely to be a wig or a hair piece. The shape and placement of Leia’s buns change almost every scene, although only slightly, and the hair can be seen coming unraveled after action scenes. Also note that the hair of Leia’s buns are slightly different color then (Carrie Fisher’s). The shapes of the buns also change from very round, to slightly oval throughout the movie.

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(round shape of buns)
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(oval shape of buns)
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(buns’ stop after ear)

When the buns are more oval this is because the tail of the bun is starting to come out from behind the other coils. Or sometimes it has been pinned in that shape instead of a round shape. Leia’s buns are twisted and coiled in one layer into a large bun that is shaped like a snail’s shell (fallow the numbers from 1 outwards.) Leia’s buns covers the entire ear and almost none of the check.

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(bun flush with head)

Leia’s buns are also pined flat against her head; there is no space between the hair and the side of her head.

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(bun height and placement)

The placement of Leia’s buns as seen in the images above have the top edge of the bun come to about an inch above Leia’s temple. The lower edge of Leia’s bun comes down to about the bottom on her lower lip, (though this changes slightly throughout A New Hope, depending on the scene). The center of Leia’s buns starts roughly around eye height and behind the shell of her ear.

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(center part)
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(slightly off center part)

The part of Leia’s hair goes from the center (or very slightly off center) to the base of her neck in one strait line. (Note: that all of these aspects of Leia’s buns will change slightly from person to person.)

Images from Cap-That.com

(Methods that should not be used for movie accurate buns:)

  • Sock buns,
  • Doughnut buns,
  • Rolled buns,
  • Buns on the back of the head,
  • Buns that are above or behind the ears,
  • Braided buns/braided hair,
  • Buns that cover the cheeks,
  • Buns that have multiple coiled layers,
  • Hair with visible bangs,
  • Hair that is parted on the side (or other then center),
  • Buns that have not been twisted before coiling,
  • Buns that are not smooth.

(Note: that all of the above mentioned don’t method for Leia’s buns are specifically for  making movie accurate buns, and are all fine methods for Leia inspired buns.)

DIY Application of Leia’s Buns:

To achieve Leia’s buns there are many methods, (Kayley Melissa’s) video tutorial shows one of the best ways to achieve Leia’s buns in a movie accurate style.

Tips When Using Kayley Melissa’s Method:

Before putting the natural hair into an elastic tie use hair spray from 10” away to coat the hair and brush through, this will keep the hair smoother with less frizzing. (Note: that all hairspray should be used from a distance of about 10” for best results when a little flexibility is desired.) (Also Note: that hairspray should not be used on the synthetic hair.)

The kind of pins that should be used in this style are large hair pins, there are a lot of pins for hair out there but large hair pins will work the best.When the buns are pined in place use bobby pins to tuck any stray hair that might need it, (this may happen more with shorter hair). Then add a hair nets over the top of the buns to finish the look.

(Note: that Kanekalon hair tangles easily when loosed from the ties and packaging and should be handled with care.)

(Note: Kanekalon hair tangles easily when combed, if the hair needs untangled, gently finger comb until more smooth.)

Things You’ll Need For Leia’s Buns:

From start to finish buying every item on the list the total cost of Leia’s buns comes to around 25$. (without shipping.)

Links To Other Methods:

Other methods of making Leia’s cinnamon buns are as followed in the links below.

Attachable hair piece (the insta-bun method: Write Up)

Attachable hair piece (Rebel Legion member ArtooAnna: Write Up)

Attachable hair piece (Costumes and Artwork: Write Up)

Attachable hair piece (Chleo Ey: Video)

Attachable wig piece (Kay Dee: Write Up)

Hair extensions plus own hair (Pam’s costumes: Write Up)

Hair extensions (Kayley Melissa: Video)

Hair extensions (Katernicus Prime: Video)

Wig styling (Rebel Legion member Galacticat: Write Up)

Wig styling (Sew Corellian: Write Up)

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