Hermione Granger is one of Harry Potter’s best friends and she is made immediately recognisable in the books by her bushy hair. She smooths her hair down only once with some Sleakeezy’s Hair Potion when attending the Yule Ball but the rest of the time wears her hair big and voluminous. For Hermione, succeeding at school and being the best friend she can possibly be to Harry and Ron is way more important than making sure her hair is socially acceptable, hence she wears it naturally and untamed. Like Merida, she is a great inspiration to young girls because she has her priorities towards looks and beauty completely spot on.
5. Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman
Pretty Woman tells the story of prostitute Vivian who strikes up a romance with rich business man Edward, played by Richard Gere. Like many of us curly-haired women, in the film Vivian keeps her mass of red curly hair underneath a sleek blonde wig so that she can get customers and not intimidate them with her voluminous hair. Eventually, she loses the wig entirely revealing her natural hair in all its glory. Julia Roberts kept the curly look in her Oscar-winning turn as lawyer and single mother Erin Brockovich. In both films, her hair becomes a marker for her characters’ big and lovable personalities. She finds herself in difficult societal situations in both films but remains a force to be reckoned with, no matter the hardship she faces.