Ok, before you ask, the answer is yes: I am totallyyyyy aware of the fact that Halloween is many months away. But if you’re like me and wait until October 31 rolls around to finally figure out your Halloween costume—do you know how many times I’ve given up and just thrown on an all-black outfit?—there’s really no harm in getting your ideas flowing a little (or very) early.
This year, I’m excited to report that I’ll be focusing my Halloween look entirely on my hair, because I just found 20 Halloween hairstyles that are so damn cool, you don’t even need a costume. Check them out, below, and prepare to actually have your shit together this Halloween.
Scarface Halloween Hairstyle
Channel Michelle Pfeiffer’s iconic Elvira Hancock hairstyle with some hot rollers and a shit-ton of hairspray (I’m a fan of Amika Fluxus Touchable Hairspray and Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray.) Or, you know, invest in a wig with thick bangs and rolled-in ends and call it a day.
Devil Halloween Hairstyle
Considering you wore cat ears the last three Halloweens in a row, I’d say it’s definitely time to mix things up. This devil-horn tutorial is surprisingly easy to recreate (you’ll need a classic black headband, black wire, and bobby pins), but a costume to match is totally optional.
Ariana Grande Halloween Hairstyle
If wearing a butt-length, Ariana Grande–worthy ponytail to your 9-to-5 job isn’t totally realistic, you at least have permission to try it on Halloween. Unless you’ve got naturally long hair, this Halloween hairstyle will call for a clip-in ponytail.
Queen Victoria Halloween Hairstyle
Channel royalty by creating a huge braided bun at the nape of your neck, add a crown, and watch everyone bow down because of how amazing your hair looks.
Margot Tenenbaum Halloween Hairstyle
Meet my favorite last-minute Halloween costume of all time: Margot Tenenbaum from Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums. The key to emulating Gwyneth Paltrow’s angsty character is all in the hair. Comb your (straightened) lob into a blunt middle part, securing a large chunk with a barrette (or two!).
Harley Quinn Halloween Hairstyle
Consider this Halloween hairstyle a subtle approach to Harley Quinn’s signature look. Rather than wear pigtails, wrap two (temporarily dyed) braids into knots at the crown of your head.
Medusa Halloween Hairstyle
Weaving rubber snakes through your hair isn’t exactly the easiest of tasks, so I’d suggest beginning this look by separating your hair into multiple small sections and styling them into messy buns. Then, wrap the fake snakes through your bun loops and you’ll be ready to turn people into stone with one look.
Ice Queen Halloween Hairstyle
Marie Antoinette Halloween Hairstyle
If you have a teasing comb and a lot of hair spray, you can totally achieve the sky-high volume that’s required of a Marie Antoinette–inspired look. Use a curling wand to create a few face-framing ringlets, and finish off with some hair accessories.
Black Panther Halloween Hairstyle
Wednesday Addams Halloween Hairstyle
Using liquid or gel eyeliner, create a widow’s peak—if you don’t already have one—in the middle of your hairline. Then, part your hair down the middle and braid the two sections into pigtails for a look that would make Wednesday Addams proud.
Rosie the Riveter Halloween Hairstyle
Whether you’re dressing up as Rosie the Riveter or maybe a retro pin-up model, wearing an updo with a red bandana is an easy (and cheap!) way to make your costume known.
Unicorn Halloween Hairstyle
Go all out with a silver glitter ponytail—complete with a giant unicorn horn—for a costume that’s ~extra~ in the best possible way. Just keep in mind that glitter isn’t the easiest to wash out of your hair, so work a dollop of coconut oil through damp strands to loosen up the pigment before you shampoo.
Cat Ears Halloween Hairstyle
Who needs to buy a pair of cat ears at a Halloween store when you can make them out of your own hair? Recreate this genius look by wrapping strips of hair around two bent flexi rods.
Wonder Woman Halloween Hairstyle
“Formation” Halloween Hairstyle
Will Beyoncé’s “Formation” hairstyle ever not be iconic? Nope. Simply braid your hair into tight pigtails, topping off the look with a statement hat and jewelry.
Lion Halloween Hairstyle
This Halloween hairstyle is all about volume, so make sure you have a texturizing spray on hand (Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray and Verb Sea Texture Spray are two of my fave formulas). After curling your hair, spray the heck out of it with texturizing spray, then flip your head over and scrunch. Keep repeating until your hair is huge and lion-like, back-combing for added volume.
Elf Halloween Hairstyle
Halloween hairstyles definitely aren’t off the table if you’ve got shorter hair. A choppy pixie cut is the perfect way to show off a pair of pointy elf ears.
Galaxy Girl Halloween Hairstyle
If you want to dress up as a galaxy girl this Halloween, the time to perfect these glittery, colorful space buns is right freaking now. Temporary dye (this spray-on formula is a fan favorite) and hair-friendly glitter should be in your Amazon cart ASAP.
These dreamy, Khaleesi-inspired braids are so damn pretty, you won’t even need a set of dragons to complete your look. Oh, and if braids aren’t totally in your skill set, this spot-on Game of Thrones wig will work just as well.
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