If you’ve left your Halloween costume to the very last minute— or perhaps have not thought of one—do not fear. All you need for each of these highly recognizable costumes is a curling iron, a teasing comb, one or two hair elastics, and the clothes you already have in your closet. Yes, we’re talking about hair-centric Halloween costumes, people.
Here are 10 easy halloween costumes that are hair-centric
Leia’s Side Buns
Princess Leia’s side buns are the ultimate low-commitment, high-reward Halloween costume. In fact, they make such a strong impression that the simple fact of them transforms any outfit into Leia (plaid shirt and skinny jeans? You’re hipster Leia. Business suit? You’re corporate mogul Leia) but for the real A New Hope look, a flowy white dress is the way to go.
Diana’s long bombshell waves might be her classic look, but before she became Wonder Woman she was rocking a pretty wonderful infinity braid. If you want to go for maximum Amazonian realness, clip-in extensions (and possibly a friend to take over when your arms get tired) are the way to go, but it will look just as cool even with a shorter braid. Cut one strap off of a nude tank top (or just throw a sheet over one shoulder, toga-style – hey, it’s all Greek!) and you’re good to go.
Creepy and Kooky
There’s nothing like wearing your hair over your face for the ultimate in low-effort Halloween costume. Simply straighten your hair, wear a top hat, place a pair of glasses on the back of your head, and you’ll be the spitting image of everybody’s favorite Addams extended-family member, Cousin Itt. Will you be able to see that spitting image? Probably not. But at least you won’t have to worry about fixing your makeup.
If braiding is your go-to hairstyle, then consider a last-minute Medusa costume. A few plastic snakes are all you need to evoke the most stone-cold villainess in Greek mythology. The best part? You don’t need to fuss with making sleek perfect braids or pinning them up just so; wild, messy, untamed hair are what this costume is all about.
Margot Tenenbaum may have been known for her extreme secrecy, but her ultra-sleek blunt bob is perfect for an artsy-yet-easy Halloween costume. Just center part your bob (or lob) and flatiron it pin-straight. Grab a red barrette to pull the left side back and you’re one sweep of black eyeliner away from being the coolest girl at the Halloween party.
Rosie The Riveter
How about channeling the original can-do gal, Rosie the Riveter? Not only is this look super-simple to achieve (you know you have a bandana stashed somewhere) it also works no matter how long—or short—your hair is. Add a red lip and go smash the patriarchy.
The Disco Hair
We love a big, bouncy natural hair look any time of the year, but if you’re looking for an excuse to really turn the volume up to 11, who better to emulate than the queen of disco herself? To achieve curls of planetary proportions, throw out your frizz-prevention rulebook and embrace the fluff. Grab a teasing comb, a teeny curling iron, and some hairspray and you’re good to go.
Madonna just might be the queen of dramatic, iconic looks, but for our money, nothing outdoes this over the top braid-wrapped high ponytail from her Blonde Ambition tour. Just slick your hair back into a high pony at the crown, then wrap the base in a wrapped length of extensions to match your hair color, and pin in place.
Grab a black dress and some pearls and you’re almost a flapper–but it’s the hair that will really upgrade your last-minute costume. A finger-wave faux bob (or just finger-waves if your hair is short enough) paired with a sparkling headband or bobby-pinned necklace will have everyone ah-ing like you planned ahead for weeks.
If you walk into a costume party with this iconic updo, you won’t have to explain your costume to anybody. You really don’t even have to manage an identical copy of the elaborate French twist that Audrey Hepburn showed off in the film to make sure everybody gets the gist. A little fluff at the front and some artful draping (plus a tiny tiara, naturally) are all you need to pull-off this look.
So, what last-minute Halloween costumes are you planning?
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