Best Hair Inspiration for Halloween

Halloween is the perfect time to experiment with new looks, especially when it comes to hair and makeup. Whether you’re embracing a cartoon character or trying out a sexy vibe, Oct. 31 is a wonderful opportunity to go crazy with a new style. So get your costume ready, and use these tips to have your hair and makeup make the night. We’ll start with 10 Halloween costume ideas from movies and pop culture that are all about awesome hair.


Diana’s Amazon Braid from Wonder Woman
Actresses Lynda Carter and Gal Gadot both rocked lock, bombshell waves as Wonder Woman, but it’s the character Diana’s infinity braid that really takes the cake. For maximum Amazonian appeal, use clip-in extensions if you don’t have super-long hair to create the ultimate Greek-inspired fishtail braid.


Holly Golightly’s French Twist from Breakfast at Tiffany’s
When you walk into a party with this iconic up-do and a black dress, no costume explanation is necessary. The sleek hairstyle is elaborate, and while baby bangs aren’t necessary, a tiny tiara is a must.


Leia’s Side Buns from Star Wars
It takes a truly original hairstyle to really be the star of a “costume” on Halloween, but Princess Leia’s side buns take the take. Plus, the look requires low-commitment and yield high rewards.


Rosie the Riveter from World War II
Rosie the Riveter is a cultural icon of World War II. She represented women who worked in factories and shipyards, and she became a symbol of American feminism and women’s economic power. Luckily, it’s easy to channel the original can-do gal. Pull your hair up, find a red bandana, add a red lip and go smash the patriarchy.


Flapper Waves from the 1920s
Marcel waves and finger wave hairstyles are the epitome of flapper chic. For a Gatsby-inspired look, start with a deep side part, and use clips to help you set the waves in place. Accessorize with pearls or a sparkling headband, and then wear a black or silver dress with lots of fringe.


Madonna’s Ponytail from 1990’s Blonde Ambition Tour
Madonna has stepped out in several dramatic, iconic looks over the years, but when it comes to hair, nothing outdoes the braid-wrapped high ponytail. Paired with a cone bra, Catholic iconography and over-the-top sexuality, get ready to “Express Yourself” as you “Vogue” through the night.


Tinkerbell’s Top Knot from Peter Pan
Way back in 1953, a young, whimsical woman rocked a full, messy topknot decades before a whole new generation of women sported the same look. Start with second-day-dirty to create the perfect pixie pouf with long, side-swept bangs.


Margo Tenenbaum’s Bob from The Royal Tenenbaums
This character’s ultra-sleek blunt bob is as easy as it is iconic. Part your bob (or fake-lob) in the center and flatiron it pin-straight. Clip a red barrette on left side back and after applying some heavy black eyeliner, you’re ready to play the cool girl at your next costume party.


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