September isn’t over yet, but we’ve already got Halloween on the brain. Every year we tell ourselves we have months to put together the perfect costume, decorate our homes with the spookiest decor, and come up with the perfect punny cocktail to serve at our parties—and every year we end up throwing on a witch hat minutes before our friends arrive. While festivities and trick or treating may look a bit different this year, that’s no reason not to go all out with your Halloween look.
We’ve rounded up 29 of our favorite Halloween hair ideas, including the most out-there hair color transformations, decade-inspired ‘dos, and step-by-step hair tutorials to inspire you for the spookiest time of the year.
The Best Halloween Hair Ideas To Try This Year
Just because you're the queen of the underworld doesn't mean you have to have bad hair. To begin, part your hair horizontally near the nape of your neck to create a small section. Working with 2-inch sections at a time, pass your flat iron over the section, flipping it back and forth to create a loose wave. Continue creating waves with 2-inch sections until you’ve completed the entire segment and set your waves with L’Oréal Professionnel’s Tecni.Art Infinium 4 High-Hold Hairspray before moving on to the next segment.
Make another horizontal part about 2-inches above the first part. This time, working with 2-inch sections, use a 1-inch curling iron to create tight waves. Continue creating waves until you complete the entire segment and set each section with Tecni.Art Infinium 4 High-Hold Hairspray. Repeat these steps, alternating between your flat iron and curling iron until you’ve completed your entire head. Once your entire mane is done, set your look and create additional texture with L’Oréal Professionnel's Tecni.Art Next Day Hair Finishing Spray.
This signature pigtail hairstyle is so easy you'll be able to pull it off in a *snap snap*. To begin, use the pointy end of a fine-tooth comb to part your hair down the middle from your hairline to the nape of your next. Then, use a large paddle brush to brush any snags and snarls out of your mane and spray your detangled strands with Redken Triple Pure 32 High-Hold Hairspray. Working with one section at a time, craft a simple three-strand braid and secure the braid with a hair elastic.
Repeat the same steps on the remaining section, and set your look with Triple Pure 32 High-Hold Hairspray.
Make Halloween day the one where her hair looks perfect. For this look, it’s best to begin with freshly washed, damp hair. Spritz Redken United One Multi-Benefit Treatment Spray throughout your damp strands and use a blow dryer to rough dry your hair. Then, section off your hair and blow dry each section with a round brush. Once you’ve blow-dried your entire mane, set your look with Redken Triple Pure 32 High-Hold Hairspray. Wear your hair down, or it up in a claw clip for a true ‘90s style.
With a hairstyle this hot, who has time to be bothered by the cold? For this look, it’s best to start with day-two hair. Prep your hair with Matrix Style Link Texture Builder Finish Spray. Then, section off your hair and use a 1-inch curling iron to curl 2-inch sections of your hair. Continue curling your mane until you’ve finished your entire head. Gently rake your fingers through the curls and spray more Style Link Texture Builder Finish Spray throughout your mane.
Then section off the top half of your hair, brush your hair straight back, and craft a French braid. Secure the braid with a hair elastic and pancake it for a voluminous effect. Then, grab a smaller section to the left or right of the first braid and craft a small fishtail braid.
Secure the braid with a hair elastic and pancake for a voluminous effect. Repeat the same steps on the opposite side of the first braid. Once all of your braids are secure, set your look in place with Matrix Total Results High Amplify Flexible Hold Hairspray.
Once you become obsessed with these space buns, there's no going back! To begin horizontally and secure the lower section with a few hair clips. Then, part the top half of your hair down the middle. Working with one side at a time, spray the section with Mizani’s HRM Humidity Resistant Hair Spray and craft a ponytail. Secure the ponytail with a hair elastic. Repeat the same steps on the opposite side. Then, working with one ponytail at a time, spray the section with Mizani’s Lived In Finishing Spray and use a fine-tooth comb to backcomb the section.
Then, wrap the section around itself to create a space bun and secure it with a bobby pin. Repeat the same steps on the opposite side. Spray the lower section of your hair with Lived In Finishing Spray to create more texture and place bedazzled hair pins all over the front of your hair for an intergalactic final touch.
Good hair day by @hairbykaseyoh.
All you need are a few strategically placed accessories to take your mermaid-inspired hair color from summer to fall. Add the Matrix Total Results Keep Me Vivid Shampoo and Conditioner system to your routine to ensure your ocean-inspired strands don’t fade before you snag first place in the costume contest.
Good hair day by @hairordyechick.
This flawless Halloween ‘do is all about the vivid color. It’s no secret that red and orange shades are notoriously hard to maintain. To help keep your color in tip-top shape, swap out your regular shampoo and conditioner system for one that’s formulated for color-treated hair like Redken Color Magnetics Shampoo and Conditioner.
Good hair day by @kraftykacen.
You don’t have to go spooky to get in the Halloween spirit. Consider this strawberry top knot if you’re looking for a sweeter way to celebrate the holiday.
Good hair day by @isabellerosehair.
Creepie Creecher may be a goth icon, but we love her technicolor hair. Add the Matrix Total Results Keep Me Vivid Lamination Spray to your hair care routine to ensure your half and half hair lasts way past Hallows Eve.
Good hair day by @giannadoll13.
This one-of-a-kind costume perfectly pairs with mac and cheese-inspired yellow hair. Ensure your cheese-inspired strands stay brass-free by swapping out your regular shampoo and conditioner with the Redken Color Extend Blondage Shampoo and Conditioner system.
Good hair day by @naru_bunny.
Cruella De Vil With A Twist
Take Cruella De Vil’s signature dalmatian-inspired ‘do to the next level with this secret rainbow dye job. On the surface, De Vil is up to her usual tricks, but underneath her frightening facade, she’s all party!
Sally is nothing without her long, bright red hair. Make an appointment with your colorist for a gloss service (we’re big fans of Redken Shades EQ) one week before your Halloween party to make sure your red strands are as vibrant and shiny as can be.
Good hair day by @_hairbyshelbyyy.
Channel your inner Cookie Monster with this simple hairstyle if all of the Halloween candy isn’t enough for your sweet tooth.
Good hair day by @shannonwardhair.
If you’re looking for a bright and daring look for Halloween, look no further than this breathtaking unicorn creation.
Good hair day by @nikthehairchik.
You’ve got a friend in whatever talented colorist you find that can create this scary-good Sheriff Woody-inspired dye job.
Good hair day by @hannahdisconnected.
You don’t have to go over-the-top to embrace the spooky spirit. These creepy skeleton hand hair clips are a great way to keep your strands out of your face while you scarf down all of your Halloween candy.
Good hair day by @hair_on_the_fritz.
There’s nothing worse than having a bat stuck in your hair (trust us, you don’t want to know)— that is, unless it’s a cute bat hair clip. Secure your Hallows’ Eve style with a creepy bat clip to get in the trick-or-treat spirit.
Good hair day by @hairby_weber.
With hair this sweet, you won’t even need a full-out costume!
Good hair day by @kraftykacen.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to get into the Halloween spirit, this pumpkin top knot should do the trick...or treat!
Good hair day by @ziabyrd.
Use your favorite seasonal sweet treat as inspiration for your Halloween hairstyle. You can even ask your colorist to create a candy corn-inspired hue (or take matters into your own hands with temporary hair color).
Out Of Sight ‘70s Disco Hair
Channel your inner disco diva with a ‘70s-inspired Halloween hairstyle fit for the dance floor. Pair this feathered ‘do with oversized accessories and the shiniest thing in your closet. You’ll be ready to win a costume contest in no time!
‘80s Halloween Hair Fit For A Pop Star
No decade had more iconic hair than the ‘80s, which means this style will help you stand out from the crowd with or without an outfit fit for a pop princess.
‘90s Halloween Hair
Who better to serve as inspiration than your middle school self? Bust out your favorite butterfly clips and tattoo chokers to create a ‘90s Halloween style that would totally get you invited to the school dance.
‘00s Pop Star Hair
All you need is some vibrantly colored clip-in extensions, a crimper, and a heat protectant spray like Redken’s Iron Shape 11 Thermal Holding Heat Protection Spray to create this style inspired by a certain dirrrty pop star.
Groovy Hippie Hair
It may be Halloween, but we’ve got the perfect ‘do for the free-spirited girl who’s all about peace and love. All you need is a few bobby pins, a couple of flowers, and Redken’s Windblown 05 Dry Finishing Texturizing Spray to pull off this hippie-inspired style.
Dancing Queen Ringlets
When in doubt, dance it out! These dancing queen ringlets are perfect if you love to be the center of attention.
Mermaid Fishtail Braid
If you’re looking for an Insta-worthy Halloween hairstyle that will get you as many likes as first-place costume trophies, look no further than this mermaid-inspired fishtail braid.
Politics have never been scarier. Spook everyone with this quick and easy judge bun, because everyone knows the party can’t get started until you say so!
Men, we didn’t forget about you! You have the easiest style to pull off. Simply slick your hair straight back with tons of volume for the strangest bouffant ever.
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