'The Little Mermaid' hairstylist reveals how she pulled off Halle Bailey's $150,000 hair transformation on set

  • Hairstylist Camille Good friend mentioned Halle Bailey’s “The Little Mermaid” transformation with Selection.
  • Good friend defined how she wrapped Bailey’s pure locs with artificial pink hair to create the look. 
  • Based on Good friend, the method took 12 to 14 hours and price greater than $150,000. 

Oscar-nominated hairstylist Camille Good friend spoke to Selection on Friday about how “The Little Mermaid” star Halle Bailey was remodeled into the beloved Disney princess. Good friend, who most lately labored on “Black Panther: Wakanda Eternally,” defined how she introduced the primary Black live-action Disney princess’s look to life. 

Based on Selection, Bailey had an essential requirement for Good friend: to maintain her pure hair in tact. Bailey has been vocal about preserving her locs for the film, a nod to illustration and her id. 

“There was a time after we’d barely see locs — and now we’ve got a Disney princess with them, which has by no means occurred earlier than,” Bailey instructed Ebony in Might. “It was tremendous essential for me to have my pure hair on this movie.”

Halle Bailey in the water

Halle Bailey as Ariel in “The Little Mermaid.”


To start out the transformation, Good friend started by assembly with Bailey’s household, she instructed Selection. 

“I began to know who she was and why the pure hair ingredient was essential to maintain,” Good friend stated. As soon as she understood what Bailey wished, she knew a wig would not be potential.

“Halle’s locs are all the way down to her waist, over 24 inches,” Good friend stated. “And placing her in a wig was going to look loopy.”

“If we take hair and wrap it round her locs, we do not have to chop them and we do not have to paint them. We will change her shade with out altering her inside hair construction. Her construction and her hair are her,” she continued.

Good friend’s course of labored, but it surely took time and care to create Ariel’s new look.

“It is three shades of pink,” Good friend stated. “I am not guesstimating, however we most likely spent at the least $150,000 as a result of we needed to redo it and take it out. You could not use it and we might have to begin once more. It was a course of.”

The following hurdle was determining easy methods to create motion with Bailey’s hair whereas she was underwater. “Locs do not float,” Good friend stated, however she wanted the hair to “dance.” Good friend integrated unfastened strands of hair all through the locs look to supply quantity and motion. 

Bailey and her sister and musical associate Chloe Bailey are identified for his or her waist-length dreadlocks and the inventive styling achieved with the protecting type. In 2016, the sisters’ mom, Courtney, instructed The Reduce that casting brokers begged them to chop their locs to guide extra roles.

“They wished to alter their hair!” Courtney stated. “It is who they’re! They had been like, ‘We love our locks, mommy!’”