Halloween is coming, and while it’s easy to don a witch’s hat or a pair of cat ears and call it a costume, where’s the fun in that?
On the flip side, not all of us are willing to splash out on pricey zombie nurse or sexy skeleton costumes. So why not think savvy and use your hair as the basis of your party outfit this year? We’ve spoken to some top stylists who have provided simple but original looks guaranteed to wow the crowd.
“Section your hair into pieces between one and two inches wide and coat them with your Crazy Color Spray of choice, alternating each section so you get a multi-coloured finish with soft pastel shades,” suggests Patrick Marrow, Crazy Color brand ambassador and owner of HIVE MCR hairdresser.
Gently blow-dry to set, leave a section of hair loose at the front, and tie the rest into a backcombed high ponytail.
“Use the loose section of hair to create a horn shape at the front and centre of your head, and use some hairspray to mould this into shape before securing with hair grips and finishing spray,” Patrick continues.
If you’re struggling to create a freehand horn, you could make a cone out of a paper and wrap hair around it to get the shape.
“This look is all about big, messy hair – think the bigger the better!” laughs Suzie McGill, Schwarzkopf UK ambassador, and owner of Rainbow Room International’s Uddingston salon.
Starting with the under-part of your hair, backcomb section by section, ensuring you hold hair away from the scalp and brush downwards toward the head with a backcombing brush or fine-tooth comb.
“Be sure to add the most volume to the crown of your hair in order to achieve statement volume,” she warns. “Finally, finish with some hairspray to lock the hairstyle in all night long. If you’re feeling creative, you can also add some gold temporary hairspray for some added glamour!”
“For the non-damaging backcombing alternative, Label M Texturising Volume Spray will give you the benefits of a dry shampoo with a hold of hairspray,” adds Keri Daniel, salon director at Danique Hairdressing. “Apply to hair section by section, spraying generously from root to tip. The smaller the sections or the more product applied, the crazier the look you can achieve!”
Jack Merrick Thirlway, senior stylist at Neville Hair & Beauty, recommends a less-is-more approach, using screws and nails for a modern hairstyle with Frankenstein vibes.
“Using layers and layers of L'Oreal Professionnel Tecni Art Pli and L’Oreal Professionnel Tecni Art Full Volume Extra Mousse, apply thoroughly through roots to tip and rough dry,” he instructs. “Blow through with a large brush to give a hold and shine finish. Take a two-inch section from the centre parting across to the right, and then do the same on opposite side.”
Create two braids, and add nails and screws through the plait to finish your Halloween look!
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