How to get zombie hair for a spooky soiree this Halloween

Think The Walking Dead, but with a high fashion twist.   

Zombie hair how-to: Close-up of Thom Brown spring/summer 2014 Zombie-inspired Halloween hair on the runway with the model wearing a big white gown



Can’t decide what to go as for Halloween? Well, for a fun and spooky style (and one that you can whip together in a matter of minutes!), look no further than a zombie.

The best thing about dressing up as the living dead is that it’s just so simple: throw on any old rags, smear some makeup on your face, perfect that painful day-after-the-gym walk and you’ll look the part!

But one thing you do need to pay attention to is your zombie hair. So, to find out how to create this scary look, scroll down and follow our simple steps, below. Frighteningly good hair, here we come!

Spooky hairstyles how-to: Zombie hair

Close-up of Thom Brown spring/summer 2014 Zombie-inspired Halloween hair on the runway with the model wearing a big white gown
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Zombie hair: How to create it

The key to nailing the zombie hair look is to create the illusion that you’ve just rolled out of a grave (or your bed). So this should be easy for all you #IWokeUpLikeThis lovers out there!

Step 1: Begin by spritzing some VO5 Refresh Dry Shampoo into your hair before styling, ensuring that you focus on the crown of your head. Applying dry shampoo will help to provide that matte effect often seen with zombie hair, plus, it’ll help make your hair easier to tease.

Step 2: Section your hair into 3 horizontal layers, on both sides of your head. Clip the middle and top section out of the way for now, and leave the bottom loose.

Step 3: Begin backcombing the bottom section of hair using your teasing comb. To backcomb, start at the bottom of your strands, and lightly brush your comb towards your scalp.

Repeat this motion several times until the hair has become ultra volumised and messy-looking.

Step 4: Once you’ve backcombed the entire bottom section, release the middle section of hair that you clipped away, and repeat step 3. Then, do the same for the top section of hair, and repeat on the other side of your head.

Step 5: At this stage, you should be left with a cloud of messy, backcombed strands! Now all you have to do is gather it into a big, bouffant updo, by creating the shape with your hands and pinning your hair in place with some bobby pins.

TRESemme Ultimate Hold Hairspray

Step 6: Finally, spritz some TRESemmé Ultimate Hold Hairspray over your messy mane to help hold your haunting ‘do all night long – now get ready to party, zombie-style!



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