Let’s ditch the prepackaged, synthetic Halloween wigs and hair pieces when it's quite simple to create your own look with your natural hair or human hair extensions. After all, a good hairstyle can inspire your whole costume look, or in some cases, BE the look itself. Here you'll find the inspiration for eight Halloween hairstyles.
Mermaid waves is a great hairstyle for Halloween and perhaps it’s the easiest look to whip up last-minute. First, apply mousse to damp hair and blow-dry, tousling with your fingers. Next, using the Wave Affair Jumbo 3 Barrel Ceramic Hair Waver ($54.99; ulta.com), clamp, hold, and release strands of hair to create crimpy waves. Finally, run your fingers through the ringlets to separate them into bigger waves, and spritz with hairspray to help them hold their shape. Tip: If you want a full look, get four bundles of She’s Happy Hair straight hair extensions.
Add some more oomph to a high ponytail with this genie-inspired take. Part your hair horizontally with a comb from the top of one ear to the other. (Stick the upper portion in a clip for the moment.) Tie back the bottom half tightly in an elastic just below the crown. Then, unclip the upper section and gather it into another elastic, right above the first one. Finally, wrap a strand of hair from one of the tails around both elastics and secure with a bobby pin. Use She’s Happy Hair 613 Blonde hair extensions for added length.
These cute bubble braid pigtails is perfect to recreate Princess Jasmine's look. Start by applying mousse from roots to ends to create full-bodied volume while taming frizz and flyaways. This will also help add grip and hold to the hair for styling. Next, place your hair into a slicked back ponytail at your desired height, and secure with an elastic at the highest point and as close as possible to the scalp. Wrap another elastic hair tie a few inches down your ponytail, and repeat until you reach the end. Once all elastics are placed, use your fingers to tease and pull at each section. This will loosen the hair between elastics and create multiple "bubbles," with the option of customizing your look depending on how voluminous or teased you want them.
For decades, Betty Boop has been known for her iconic beauty look—long lashes, cherry-red lips, and tightly curled raven hair. Luckily, these are three things that are super easy to recreate; plus it's a great option for anyone with shorter strands. Use either a curling iron or foam rollers (we recommend the latter) to create the head of coils. For a finishing ouch, add She’s Happy Hair Sleek Edges to smooth and perfect your edges.
These iconic double buns have become practically synonymous with Star Wars, so your hair will make the statement for you (even if your outfit is more subtle). Split your hair down the middle and make two ponytails above your ears and as close to your hairline as possible. Then, grab a couple hair donuts and pull your ponytails through the middle of the donut, distributing your ponytail evenly around the hair donut so that it's totally covered. Finish by tucking the hair under the bun and use bobby pins to keep the strands in place.
Want to go short but don't want to commit to a true chop? Fake it! To get this look, apply a volumizing mousse on wet hair and blow out until dry, and then pull hair back into two small sections and wrap them with thin elastic. From there, tuck the sections up beneath the rest of the hair and begin to strategically place bobby pins throughout to secure the pieces; this is when the faux bob shape will begin to appear.
Micro braids have been one of the most popular hair trends of the year—put a Halloween twist on the style by matching it with a Cleopatra costume. To get the look, use a wand or flat iron to create effortless waves and section off two small pieces in the front for your braids. Prep each section with hairspray to tame frizz and flyaways, and braid from root to ends, adding in gold twine or tinsel to elevate the look.
Spice up your Halloween look with Baby Spice's iconic playful pigtails. To achieve the style, we recommend using a dry, translucent finishing, like Unite Texturiza Spray ($32; amazon.com) to add volume, texture, and fullness. Next, apply a styling cream to smooth flyaways and divide your hair into two high ponytails, leaving out a couple strands in the front as accent pieces. Don't forget to add some cute pom-poms to your pigtails to complete the look!