Halloween is only a few weeks away, and if you’re a traditionalist, this means candy corn, fangs, fake blood and a whole lot of fun! Classic tropes that never fail to bring out the kid in all of us—vampires, zombies, ghosts, mummies—are always a great choice and are actually a welcome break from all of the ironic, hipster costumes popular these days. (Not to mention partying as a cardboard meme is such a hassle!) And if dressing up as a sexy, spooky bloodsucker is up your alley, what better way to up the ante than with some awesome vampire hairstyles?
If we’re staying true to canon, vampires are immortal, night-crawling creatures who have quite a penchant for blood (so #thirsty!). Oh, and they’re also supposedly gorgeous and really, really seductive—with a glorious, luxurious head of hair.
Since vampires in literature came to the fore during the mid-18th century, they’re usually typified with hairstyles of that era: Long, intensely hued, curly hair was the look of the day, as well as big hair accentuated with some gothic accessories, oftentimes with a Rococo/Baroque touch. Some had their hair teased and volumized into a beehive, similar to courtesans and members of the high court gone rogue. Other vampire hairstyles are also depicted with stick-straight strands, which added to the super-gaunt, angular aesthetic—the closest to looking, you know, undead. Click through our gallery for some majorly fang-tastic inspo!
1. Crimped Updo
Go all out and invest in a black wig or style your own hair into this crimped updo for a truly authentic vampire look. Use a crimper to give your hair the right amount of scraggly texture and pull it up into an updo that sits below the headpiece of your costume. Spritz some TRESemmé TRES Two Freeze Hold Hairspray onto the finished look to hold it in place all night long.
2. Sultry Braid
Have you ever tried to create a reverse fishtail? First, refresh your regular fishtail skills with our easy tutorial for how to create a fishtail braid. This style is just as easy as a classic fishtail but instead of pulling the pieces of the braid over each other, you’ll want to pull them under. Secure the end with a hair tie and wrap a small strand of hair around it for extra polish.
3. Goth and Punky
To create this dramatic ponytail, run a dime-sized amount of Nexxus Humectress Encapsulate Serum through your hair and brush it through from the roots to ends. Use your brush to comb your hair into a high ponytail and secure it with a hair tie that matches your hair color. Wrap a one-inch strand of hair around the base of the ponytail to finish off the look.
4. Romantic Waves
Put the end-of-summer beach waves to good use and let them hang loose in romantic waves. Spritz Suave Professionals Texturizing Sea Salt Spray all over your strands for extra wave and body.
5. Victorian Updo
If you’re looking for a more low-key option then consider opting for a regal-looking low bun. Create a center part and gather your hair to the back of your head into a ponytail. Wrap the ponytail around itself until it’s fully coiled, then use bobby pins to pin it in place.
The best vampire hairstyles are those that first and foremost, match the costume you’re wearing. Choose a specific era—medieval, Victorian and recent pop culture vampire iterations all have slight differences, so best to research on the archetypal look of the period you’re dressing up in. Next, tailor all the little details to fit, whether it be super-backcombed hair or a feathered hair accessory. Still stuck? Check out our quiz below to see which vampire hairstyles you like best. Happy hunting!