How to Get the Best Halloween Hair

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Halloween hair isn’t just an accessory to your costume—it can be the focal point that you build the rest of the costume around. Don’t have a lot of time to costume shop? Attention-getting hair and fun makeup can be a costume all by themselves. Here are a few tips to make sure your hair is amazing on the big night.

Fun Color

There’s no better opportunity than Halloween to let loose with all the crazy hair colors you’ve always wanted to try. Hair chalks and temporary hair dyes work well, but make sure you don’t go cheap if you want your color to show up well and last.

Keep in mind that even temporary dyes can sometimes take some effort to get out. This is especially true if you have highlighted or lightened hair. A few clarifying shampoos will take care of most temporary colors.


Giant, frizzy hair can go with a ton of different costumes: zombie, witch, clown, lioness, ghostly figure, 70’s swinger, and much more. Of course, this is easier to pull off if your hair is already naturally curly or wavy, but even straight-haired girls can get tons of volume with the right technique and products.

Start with freshly blow-dried hair and apply styling mousse for hold. Divide your hair into sections and curl all over into the smallest curls you can manage, using a small-barrel curling iron or foam rollers. Once you’ve got a full head of curls, it’s time for the fun part. Use a comb to backcomb your hair as much as you can. Bobby pins are helpful to hold the higher sections up. Finish with strong-hold hairspray and spray with temporary dye if desired (white for a dead bride, for example).

Long, Flowing Tresses

For costumes like mermaid, Greek goddess, and Lady Godiva, you need long, flowing hair to complete the look. But do you really want to mess around with a heavy wig that’s going to leave you sweating and uncomfortable by the end of the night and that you’ll never wear again? Instead, head to the salon for beautiful, natural-looking temporary extensions, like Hairdreams Quikkies. These reusable extensions can be worn for up to 4-8 weeks, so you get to enjoy them after Halloween, too.

Post-Halloween TLC

So what happens when you get home from your big night out and your hair is chock-full of dye, product, or both? Resist the temptation to comb it out immediately. You’ll probably have to pull and tug to get the comb through, and your hair is in a fragile state already. 

Instead, hop straight into the shower, get your hair completely wet, and apply shampoo. You may need to repeat this process a few times to get rid of all the product. Deep conditioning treatment is a good idea if you were particularly hard on your hair, then follow with regular conditioner. Your hair has been through a lot, so let it air dry and take a break from heat styling for a couple of days.