Wednesday’s Rave ‘N Dance hair was inspired by a British it girl

For someone who’d rather sharpen hatchets than bury them, Wednesday Addams has an impeccable (if twisted) sense of style; the one that #beautyTok is trying to emulate. Her soft goth glam makeup is a total service, her fashion is both spooky and chic, and her braid tutorials — including Wednesday’s Rave ‘N Dance Hair — have over 7.7 million views on TikTok. But Jenna Ortega’s dark alter ego didn’t achieve her enviable looks on her own. You can thank her stylist. And a British icon.

According to Tara McDonald, Netflix’s hair and makeup artist Wednesdayshe and director Tim Burton discussed ways to differentiate Ortega’s Wednesday from Christina Ricci’s Wednesday, a role she originated in the classic 1991 film The Addams Family. Since the 20-year-old star arrived with “a kind of grown-up bangs,” McDonald told Elite Daily they opted to lean into the bangs, but cut them short to make the whole character look more contemporary.

McDonald also opted to keep Ortega’s bangs side pieces. “It’s called a French fringe, where it comes around and curls it to highlight her cheekbones,” she says. “It gave it a kind of edgier, cooler, more modern look.”

Although Wednesday maintained her traditional pigtail braids (which were extensions, BTW) throughout the majority of the show’s first season, there was one standout hair moment, not so coincidentally woven into Most Standout Scene (aka Viral): Wednesday’s Rave’N Dance Crown Braid. “It’s a look that I love, and I wanted to incorporate it [the show] sort of,” McDonald says of her “favorite hairstyle.” Dancing was his opportunity.

“When I saw the dress too, everything was important,” she adds. “It had to complement the dress. you needed see the dress.” So an off-the-shoulder hairstyle was a must.

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Since the style was always aimed at a deadpan, no-frills Wednesday Addams, it was also important for her not to look too polished. “Pulling the little hair down, it just made her look more relaxed, ‘I don’t care, I don’t try too hard,'” McDonald says.

But why the crown braid? How about a simpler updo? “There’s a British it girl called Alexa Chung and she’s worn it a few times,” McDonald explains. “I remember seeing it on her and thinking it was so easy.”

McDonald’s isn’t the only one to think so. The TV presenter was known for her effortless bohemian style throughout the 2000s, transforming crown braids from a staple for young schoolgirls — which Wednesday would hate, given her aversion to being called a “little girl” — to a fashion statement that inspired a generation. Giving Wednesday the same effortless vibe that Chung is just *chef’s kiss*.

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