If you don’t feel like dressing up as a zombie or werewolf for Halloween, try anime and character looks. Anime hairstyles can range from cute pigtails to quirky updos and bold hair colors. They might even make you feel nostalgic, especially when you’re getting inspiration from an anime you loved as a child. If anime isn’t your thing, you can also impersonate your favorite movie characters or celebrities.
To help you prepare for Halloween, we’ve rounded up various character looks and anime hair ideas. Check them out, and be as creative as you want with your look.
Our Fave Anime Hairstyles and Character Hair Ideas
1. Half Updo for a Japanese Schoolgirl
Many Japanese anime are set in schools, with the characters even attending high school during the day (and then transforming into superheroes later on). So to look like a Japanese schoolgirl, nail the anime hairstyle with some bangs and a cute red bow on your hair! Easy, right?
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2. Japanese Schoolgirl With a Bob and Bangs
Got short, straight hair? Transform it into an anime hairstyle by adding full, blunt bangs. Accessorize it with a playful-looking headband, and you’re ready to party!
3. Buns for Short Anime Hair
You can create this bun hairstyle even with short and medium-length hair. To do this, divide your hair into two equal parts, tie them in pigtails, and wrap each pigtail around its base to form a bun. Secure the buns with bobby pins.
4. Edgy Doll
Give a grownup twist to a doll costume by veering away from sweet, pastel colors. Dye your hair gray to exude an edgy vibe, then wear an all-white doll dress to make your hair pop.
5. Glamorous Doll
You can also dress like those porcelain dolls your tita loves to collect. Nail a doll-like hairstyle by getting blunt bangs and wearing a statement hairpiece or a fascinator. You can even dip-dye your hair in a vibrant color to transform your look.
6. Japanese Lolita With a Braid
In Japan, Lolita is a fashion subculture known for overflowing cuteness. Lolita takes after children’s dresses during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. You can create a Lolita-inspired hairstyle by dyeing your hair pink, braiding a small section, and jazzing it up with an eye-catching accessory.
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7. Japanese Lolita With a Big Bow
Another take on the Japanese Lolita look is wearing a big bow on your hair. Then, complement your bow with small, bouncy curls. You can create these curls using a curling iron or hair rollers. Finish by spritzing hairspray all over your hair to make your anime hairstyle last.
8. Quirky Girl Next Door
Sometimes, you just have to let your hair make a statement. Even with casual clothes, you can still nail an anime hairstyle with neon pink hair. Be like one of those anime characters who are not superheroes but whose hairstyles are always on fire.
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9. Celestial Superhero
You don’t need to summon cosmic powers to create this look. All you need are your trusty styling tools. Ready? Put your hair in the superhero’s signature pigtails. Then, wrap a small section of hair around your elastic to hide them. Style and shape your bangs with a flat iron, spritz hairspray so they stay in place, and voila! You’re ready to fight the villains.
10. Fairy Tale Princess
Not all princesses wear elaborate updos. Even with short hair, you can rock this look by wearing this character’s signature red headband. If you have long hair, you can put your hair in a low bun while leaving some strands loose to frame your face.
11. Cute Teenage Girl
Pigtails are so common in anime that you can’t simply assign them as one character’s signature look. High pigtails are perfect for long hair. You can jazz them up by making them wavy using a curling iron with a big barrel. Doing so will also help make your hair look thick. You can also get inspiration from kawaii looks.
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12. Quirky Anime Hair
If you can’t decide on a particular anime character, why don’t you take inspiration from several? There are many characters with blonde hair. You can take your cue from them. Put your blonde hair in pigtails and wear a headband with cat ears for more cuteness!
13. Space Buns With a Headband
You can also wear your cat ears headband with an updo. Go for space buns—a quirky hairstyle that consists of two buns placed high on each side of your head. Leave some loose strands framing your face for that chic, anime look.
14. Elf Look
Look magical with long, pink hair. Of course, you can wear a wig, but if you’re feeling bold, you can color your hair and take inspiration from various pink hair pegs.
15. Galaxy Warrior With Short Anime Hair
To rock this look, just put a brightly colored headband on your jet black bob and complement this anime hairstyle with edgy makeup. Then, iron your bob straight to make your hairstyle fierce.
Ever fantasize about being a diwata? It doesn’t take much to look like one. Just curl your long hair using a curling iron or hair rollers, then loosen the waves by finger-combing or gently brushing your hair afterward. Put on a flower crown, and you’re all set!
17. Comic Book Character
Aside from TV shows, you can get ideas from comic books for your character look, like this psychiatrist-turned-villain-turned-hero. You can cop her iconic hair by getting ice-blonde hair with ice-blue streaks. You can wear your hair in pigtails or leave it in a messy, curly down ‘do.
18. Lolita Character With Half-Up Pigtails
It’s easy to achieve this whimsical, elegant, and feminine look. One way is to tie the upper section of your hair into pigtails. Then, finish with a giant bow headband.
19. Traditional Character With Anime Hair
If you want to portray an anime character who wears a kimono, there are many ways to style your hair. You can wear it in a ponytail, bun, or braid. You can even put a decorative flower on your hair to jazz it up.
20. Cosplay With Platinum Blonde Anime Hair
Rock platinum blonde hair as your bold anime look. It lets you exude a fierce vibe and make a statement. Then, accessorize your hair with a black headband to create a striking contrast.
21. Manga Character With Blue Hair
If you’re a manga fan, then you know that there are many characters you can turn to for inspiration. To cop their look, you can dye small portions of your hair and let them complement your naturally dark tresses for an edgy, mysterious look.
22. Ethereal Princess
You’ve got this elegant look down pat. But now it’s time to take it up a notch! Exude understated elegance with flower accessories on long, wavy hair. You can also scrunch your hair to give it texture and movement.
23. Zodiac Themed Anime Hair
Looking to channel your zodiac energy while keeping it lowkey? Embrace the beauty of your natural hair and let it speak volumes with subtle zodiac-inspired styling. From tousled waves to understated accessories, honor your astrological sign without compromising your natural hair.
24. Long Black Anime Hair
Tap into the power of long black hair to nail your Halloween look! And for an effortless transformation, clip-in hair extensions are your secret weapon. So gear up, prep your long hair, and let your anime hair embody the virtual hero within.
25. Wizard at School
Try this timeless favorite: Embrace your natural hair and add some enchanting accessories to transform into your favorite wizarding character.
26. Kawaii Girl With Gray Hair
Don’t forget to bring on the cute! Complete your adorable look with colorful accessories, and playful headpieces. And if you bleached your hair to get that gorgeous ashy hue, don’t forget to give your tresses nourishing daily treatments like the Cream Silk Treatment Keratin Damage Repair to ensure that your locks are smooth and healthy-looking.
27. Pop Idol
Bring that celebrity energy to your next Halloween party! Dress up like a pop idol and go for a sweet and youthful look. Put some metallic bobby pins on your hair and throw in some tendrils or wispy, see-through bangs.
There you have it! Now, get dressed, style your hair, and create these anime hairstyles. Don’t forget to snap selfies and share your cool looks on social media.