15 Iconic Halloween Costumes That Are All About The Hair

Megan Decker
·5 min read

Halloween inspiration often comes in waves based on current pop culture moments. Back in 2017, it was all about Left Shark, and then last year you were probably bobbing for apples with four Kim Kardashian look-alikes at the company Halloween party.

Of course, this year things will look a lot different, but you can still expect plenty of Zoom-friendly costumes as we celebrate Halloween safely during a pandemic. With careful attention paid to everything happening above the neck, you've got to get the hair right to portray any pop-culture icon and make it convincing through a laptop screen.

So, to make your life a little easier, we recommend planning your costume around the hair. Whether you're planning to buy a wig or just styling your own strands with accessories, we have all your Halloween hair inspiration ahead. These looks range from Cher's waist-length black hair to a platinum Xtina with colored streaks, but each one is a recognizable Halloween classic.

<h3>Cher</h3><br><br>Cher's look is all about jet-black, pin-straight hair parted right down the middle. Hairstylist <a href="https://www.instagram.com/harryjoshhair/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Harry Josh" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Harry Josh</a> let us in on the secret to Cher's iconic hairstyle: an ironing board. "She used to actually iron her hair on an ironing board to get it that straight and smooth," Josh told us. Now, we have <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/best-flat-irons" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:flat irons" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">flat irons</a>, but you get the gist.<span class="copyright">Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images.</span>

Cher



Cher's look is all about jet-black, pin-straight hair parted right down the middle. Hairstylist Harry Josh let us in on the secret to Cher's iconic hairstyle: an ironing board. "She used to actually iron her hair on an ironing board to get it that straight and smooth," Josh told us. Now, we have flat irons, but you get the gist.Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images.
<h3>Madonna</h3> <br><br>It's impossible not to have a bomb Halloween when you're channeling the best of <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/80s-hair-then-now" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:'80s punk" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">'80s punk</a> via Madonna. You'll need a big tulle <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2018/01/188767/designer-hair-ribbon-trend" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:hair bow" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">hair bow</a>, <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/hair-spray-wax" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:wax texture spray" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">wax texture spray</a>, sparkly eyeshadow, an oversized <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/oversized-denim-jacket" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:denim jacket" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">denim jacket</a> (worn backwards, of course), and every piece of chunky jewelry you own.<span class="copyright">Photo: Michael Putland/Getty Images.</span>

Madonna



It's impossible not to have a bomb Halloween when you're channeling the best of '80s punk via Madonna. You'll need a big tulle hair bow, wax texture spray, sparkly eyeshadow, an oversized denim jacket (worn backwards, of course), and every piece of chunky jewelry you own.Photo: Michael Putland/Getty Images.
<h3>Donna Summer<br></h3><br>Soft fluffy curls, indigo eyeshadow, some high drama <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/blush-draping-guide" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:blush draping" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">blush draping</a>, and a glossy <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/matte-stain-lipstick-trend" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:berry stained lip" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">berry stained lip</a> — and you've got a costume that disco dreams are made of.<span class="copyright">Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images.</span>

Donna Summer


Soft fluffy curls, indigo eyeshadow, some high drama blush draping, and a glossy berry stained lip — and you've got a costume that disco dreams are made of.Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images.
<h3>Marilyn Monroe<br></h3><br>To really pay homage to <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/05/9757947/marilyn-monroe-skin-routine-makeup-museum-erno-laszlo" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Monroe's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Monroe's</a> signature blonde hairstyle, you'll <em>probably</em> need a <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/how-to-put-on-a-wig-tutorial" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:wig" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">wig</a>. Or, if you already have the color, you can <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2017/10/178432/lady-gaga-marilyn-monroe-hair" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:take a cue from Lady Gaga" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">take a cue from Lady Gaga</a> and grab the Velcro rollers to recreate her iconic curly coiffure. Either way, red lipstick is a must.<span class="copyright">Photo: Bettmann/Getty Images.</span>

Marilyn Monroe


To really pay homage to Monroe's signature blonde hairstyle, you'll probably need a wig. Or, if you already have the color, you can take a cue from Lady Gaga and grab the Velcro rollers to recreate her iconic curly coiffure. Either way, red lipstick is a must.Photo: Bettmann/Getty Images.
<h3>Janet Jackson<br></h3><br>Name a more iconic <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/box-braids" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:box braid hairstyle" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">box braid hairstyle</a> than Janet Jackson's high pony in <em><a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2018/02/189884/janet-jackson-appreciation-day-twitter-super-bowl" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Poetic Justice" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Poetic Justice</a>... </em>we'll wait. Don't forget to stock up on headbands and hats to accessorize the look.<span class="copyright">Photo: KMazur/WireImage.</span>

Janet Jackson


Name a more iconic box braid hairstyle than Janet Jackson's high pony in Poetic Justice... we'll wait. Don't forget to stock up on headbands and hats to accessorize the look.Photo: KMazur/WireImage.
<h3>Jackie O.<br></h3><br><a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/05/9826299/jackie-kennedy-skin-routine-makeup-museum-erno-laszlo" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Jackie Kennedy Onassis" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Jackie Kennedy Onassis</a> <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2017/02/140189/jackie-kennedy-hair-makeup-routine-experiment" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:invested time into her hair" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">invested <em>time</em> into her hair</a>. To get that signature bouffant, you could run to your local Drybar with this White House photo for inspiration. Or, opt for an at-home blowout. After you add volume with a round brush, make sure you have have some <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/how-to-use-hot-rollers-big-curls" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:hot rollers" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">hot rollers</a> on hand to help with perfecting those curled-under ends.<span class="copyright">Photo: Bettmann/Getty Images.</span>

Jackie O.


Jackie Kennedy Onassis invested time into her hair. To get that signature bouffant, you could run to your local Drybar with this White House photo for inspiration. Or, opt for an at-home blowout. After you add volume with a round brush, make sure you have have some hot rollers on hand to help with perfecting those curled-under ends.Photo: Bettmann/Getty Images.
<h3>Audrey Hepburn<br></h3><br>With a high ballerina bun and a teeny tiara, you can easily recreate this <em><a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2017/11/180248/tiffany-co-blue-box-cafe" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Breakfast at Tiffany's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Breakfast at Tiffany's</a></em> look. Bonus points if you already have <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2018/03/193148/baby-bangs-hair-trend" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:wispy baby bangs" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">wispy baby bangs</a>.<span class="copyright">Photo: Bettmann/Getty Images.</span>

Audrey Hepburn


With a high ballerina bun and a teeny tiara, you can easily recreate this Breakfast at Tiffany's look. Bonus points if you already have wispy baby bangs.Photo: Bettmann/Getty Images.
<h3>Tina Turner<br></h3><br>If you're going '80s, Tina Turner's<a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/shag-haircut-transformation-video" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:hairstyle" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"> hairstyle</a> is the perfect look. To get in the mood, jam out to "What’s Love Got To Do With It" on repeat as you tease your hair (or wig) to the max.<span class="copyright">Photo: Francis Apesteguy/Getty Images.</span>

Tina Turner


If you're going '80s, Tina Turner's hairstyle is the perfect look. To get in the mood, jam out to "What’s Love Got To Do With It" on repeat as you tease your hair (or wig) to the max.Photo: Francis Apesteguy/Getty Images.
<h3>Christina Aguilera<br></h3><br>A hair icon of the early 2000s, Christina Aguilera made us beg our moms for a crimper and colored hair extensions. And if this inspiration isn't doing it for you, look back at how <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2016/10/128075/kylie-jenner-dirrty-christina-aguilera-halloween#slide-1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Kylie Jenner styled Xtina" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Kylie Jenner styled Xtina </a>circa Halloween 2016.<span class="copyright">Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.</span>

Christina Aguilera


A hair icon of the early 2000s, Christina Aguilera made us beg our moms for a crimper and colored hair extensions. And if this inspiration isn't doing it for you, look back at how Kylie Jenner styled Xtina circa Halloween 2016.Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.
<h3>Sade</h3><br><br>The signature Sade look consists of a slicked-back <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/rope-braid-hair-tutorial" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:rope braid" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">rope braid</a>, <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/small-hoop-earrings" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:gold hoops" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">gold hoops</a>, and a <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/womens-turtlenecks" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:turtleneck" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">turtleneck</a>. Some things are timeless for a reason. To recreate her hair for Halloween, stop in at the beauty supply store to get a<a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/black-hair-weave-ponytails" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:faux pony" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"> faux pony</a>.<span class="copyright">Photo: Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images.</span>

Sade



The signature Sade look consists of a slicked-back rope braid, gold hoops, and a turtleneck. Some things are timeless for a reason. To recreate her hair for Halloween, stop in at the beauty supply store to get a faux pony.Photo: Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images.
<h3>Jane Birkin<br></h3><br>Just got new <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/09/10035212/curtain-bangs-tik-tok-trend" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:face-framing fringe" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">face-framing fringe</a>? Then, you won't have to do much to pay homage to one of fashion's finest. Obviously, bangs are a must for this one. <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/high-waist-jeans" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:High-waisted jeans" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">High-waisted jeans </a>are also strongly encouraged.<span class="copyright">Photo: REPORTERS ASSOCIES/Gamma-Keystone/Getty Images.</span>

Jane Birkin


Just got new face-framing fringe? Then, you won't have to do much to pay homage to one of fashion's finest. Obviously, bangs are a must for this one. High-waisted jeans are also strongly encouraged.Photo: REPORTERS ASSOCIES/Gamma-Keystone/Getty Images.
<h3>Selena</h3><br><br>On stage, <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/05/9689669/selena-quintanilla-latinx-women-beauty-impact" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Selena Quintanilla" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Selena Quintanilla</a> typically left her long black hair down, but she's often memorialized by her red-carpet appearance at the '94 Grammy Awards (after winning for Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album). There she sported a stunning updo with piece-y curls framing her face and her <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/latinas-red-lipstick-meaning" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:signature red lip" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">signature red lip</a>, of course.<span class="copyright">Photo: Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images.</span>

Selena



On stage, Selena Quintanilla typically left her long black hair down, but she's often memorialized by her red-carpet appearance at the '94 Grammy Awards (after winning for Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album). There she sported a stunning updo with piece-y curls framing her face and her signature red lip, of course.Photo: Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images.
<h3>Twiggy</h3> <br><br>If your hair is blonde and short, channeling Twiggy is totally doable with a little <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/fine-hair-products" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:styling mousse" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">styling mousse</a>, a side part, and <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2018/06/200533/best-rated-cheap-mascara-review" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:mascara" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">mascara</a> dotted across your lower lash line.<span class="copyright">Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images.</span>

Twiggy



If your hair is blonde and short, channeling Twiggy is totally doable with a little styling mousse, a side part, and mascara dotted across your lower lash line.Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images.
<h3>Diana Ross<br></h3><br>Diana Ross has rocked many different hair looks over the years. The only requirement: The hair must be <em>big</em>. Everyone — from Yara Shahidi to Rihanna — is <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2018/02/189603/hollywood-red-carpet-hair-diana-ross-inspiration" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:wearing voluminous curls" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">wearing voluminous curls</a> inspired by the music icon, but none can touch the fabulous, high-glam that Ross made famous. For this look, you'll need an Afro pick and a mic to carry around.<span class="copyright">Photo: Harry Langdon/Getty Images.</span>

Diana Ross


Diana Ross has rocked many different hair looks over the years. The only requirement: The hair must be big. Everyone — from Yara Shahidi to Rihanna — is wearing voluminous curls inspired by the music icon, but none can touch the fabulous, high-glam that Ross made famous. For this look, you'll need an Afro pick and a mic to carry around.Photo: Harry Langdon/Getty Images.
<h3>Beyoncé</h3><br>Most Beyoncé costumes involve <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2018/07/205914/beyonce-choreography-gifs" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:stilettos and a leotard" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">stilettos and a leotard</a>, but don't forget the <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/beyonce-blonde-hair-color-highlights-rita-hazan#:~:text=But%20while%20her%20style%20constantly,Bey's%20longtime%20colorist%2C%20tells%20Refinery29." rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:golden-blonde" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">golden-blonde</a> waves — and a small wind machine (or fan) to really nail the look.<span class="copyright">Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.</span>

Beyoncé


Most Beyoncé costumes involve stilettos and a leotard, but don't forget the golden-blonde waves — and a small wind machine (or fan) to really nail the look.Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.

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