Halloween is definitely one of our favorite times of the year: You get to experiment and go crazy with several looks and hairstyles with zero judgment. Whether you’re into looking into being a vampire or are dressing up in girlier, fairy-like costumes, you can go completely full throttle with Halloween hair ideas, from color to length and height (!), without anyone batting an eyelash. From sugar to spice to all things nice, playing dress-up is every beauty gal’s dream!
You don’t necessarily have to be in full regalia either: The day is all about just having fun with your look, and is the one time a year that universal, everyday rules can be thrown out the window. It’s like one big party where everyone just has loads of fun getting into character.
Below, we list several fun ideas for Halloween hair ideas—from cute to quirky to really conceptual—that you can appropriate as you like into whatever boo-tiful look you’ll be rocking. Read on to discover some of our favorite party looks for wherever trick or treating may find you:
7 Fashionable Halloween Hair Ideas
1. Braided Pigtails
Every precocious, slightly creepy teenaged girl needs equally iconic hair to go with her goth vibe. In this case, a pair of braided pigtails done with a harsh center part is enough to yell out your message—that you’re definitely the odd one out, and proud of it! Wear with a dark Peter Pan-collared dress, Mary Janes and lipstick blacker than your soul. This hairstyle also stands out with some shine, so mimic a seal-like gleam with some hair oil such as Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil.
2. Mod Housewife
Going for go-go? Spiff up a 1960s get-up with the perfect vintage beehive. It’s the ideal over-the-top look for gals who want to still look totally ladylike this Halloween, and it also makes for the best throwback hairstyle ever. It comes to life with the right accessories—a babydoll dress and some serious winged liner, perhaps?—and you just need some firm-hold hairspray to keep that hive from going flat to keep be-bopping throughout the night. To achieve, backcomb or tease the crown from ends to roots, and lightly comb backwards with a fine-toothed comb. Secure all with a clip at your nape, and use some bobby pins on your hairline to keep that side part immaculate. For a finishing touch, we like the budge-free hold we get from Bed Head by TIGI Hard Head Hairspray.
3. Crowned Deity
Who’s a goddess? Why you are, of course, and there’s no better night to literally drive the point home. Have some fun with your crowning glory by fashioning it in a look fit for an Indian deity, complete with a bejeweled tiara, some pretty halo frizz and a long braided ponytail covered with a veil. Revive your curls by using some dry shampoo (we like the revitalized feeling our crown-weary scalps get from Nexxus Dry Shampoo Refreshing Mist), wear some runway-worthy blue paint, and get ready to turn heads.
4. Woodland Nymph
Lose the traditional wings and kiddie glitter on those fairy ensembles and go for a woodland-inspired theme instead. Loose, nymph-like waves topped with a floral crown is truer to form, and evokes a boho-chic aesthetic that isn’t so hard to wear throughout the night either (try getting into a packed club with some giant butterfly wings, and you’ll know what we mean). The look is easy to achieve with some curl-enhancing mousse, like Dove Style+Care Curls Defining Mousse, combed from lengths to ends and spiraled gently around a curling iron. Tip: Use a thinner barrel to recreate the skinnier twists, as above.
5. Millennial Kitty
Ditch those store-bought animal ears and try your hand at the real thing—your actual hair, that is. Not only is this super-meta look trending, but as far as Halloween hair ideas go, what’s seriously cuter than cat ears (we ask rhetorically)? They’re completely customizable to your cartoon, anime, Snapchat filter or superhero look du jour and, best yet, also hold their own paired with your regular clothes—i.e. in the case of more conservative office parties where you’re left just with a few themed accessories, or even if you just want to look festive and join in the fun while taking little sis trick or treating. Ace the look with our cat ears tutorial and keep ’em looking purrr-fect with a frizz-defying spray, such as Suave Professionals Luxe Style Infusion Anti-Humidity Hairspray.
6. Egyptian Queen
If you’re already sporting a bob haircut with blunt bangs, why not work around your ultra-stylish ‘do and go with a look fit for the Queen of the Nile? Blow-dry your hair with a slight undercurl, then enhance your healthy-looking texture with some shine serum, like TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Keratin Infusing Serum. Wear with some serpentine accessories around your head, a toga-like sheath and kohl-rimmed eyes to seduce all in your path.
7. Disco Dancer
If your costume has you looking all groovy, baby, just like they did in the psychedelic ’70s, then fluffy, volumized hair with some big-barreled waves might just be up your alley. Parted in the middle and feathered like a movie star’s, this is the look to wear with your bell-bottomed jumpsuits, roller skates or general queen-of-the-dancefloor glittery ensembles. Emulate these lush curls with some hot rollers, and enhance with curling cream such as TRESemmé Make Waves Shaping Gel Cream. See you under the disco ball!