Do’s and Don’ts of Halloween Hair:
Creating Spooky Looks That Won’t Ruin Your Hair
Hoping to pull off the perfect Halloween costume this year? Go for it. But if your hair is part of the look, there are a few things you should keep in mind. These do's and don'ts will help you achieve maximum Halloween impact while minimizing damage to your hair after All Hallows' Eve.
Do: Create wild, crazy, or spooky styles that defy gravity
Don't: Make permanent changes
Only cut or dye your hair if you’re prepared to keep the look for weeks or months. And even if the box dye says it’s temporary, leave it on the shelf. If you want a very temporary color, use colored hairsprays sold alongside Halloween costumes.
Do: Reuse last year’s wig
Even though it’s made with a synthetic fiber, you can “wash” the old wig with products you probably have already. Just mix 1 tablespoon of fabric softener with 4 tablespoons water in a spray bottle. Spray the wig until it’s damp, then brush it until smooth using a paddle or boar brush. (This trick works on doll hair too!)
Don’t: Go to bed without washing away spray-on color
Along with potentially staining fabric, spray-on color can create a frightful mess or tangles and mattes. To avoid having a wicked time washing it out, thoroughly spray your hair with a hairspray first. It acts like a primer so the color isn’t drying out your hair.
Do: Use products only for their intended purpose
That means only apply products to your hair that are made for hair—resist the temptation to experiment with other things. And be sure to follow the application directions, too.
Don’t: Leave home without extra supplies
Bring along hairpins, elastic bands, and travel size bottle of hairspray. Best to be prepared in case your shocking, stylish, or spooky hair needs a touch up.
Do: Try a costume hairstyle practice session
This will help you figure out which products to use and how much time you will need to create the look so you won’t be late to the party.
Don’t: Panic if the spray-on color or hair chalk doesn’t wash out right away
Try a second shampooing using hot water—it helps remove color. If that doesn’t do the trick, wash with a clarifying shampoo like Paul Mitchell Shampoo Three.
Do: Use non-toxic hair chalk to add a new color to your look
It’s safe, simple to apply, washes out more easily than a lot of products, and gives you more application control than a spray.
Don’t: Skip the conditioner
If you’ve combed, teased, pulled, gelled, and sprayed your hair heavily, it’s going to need some TLC to look and feel healthy again. Simply leave your usual conditioner in longer than usual, or apply a conditioning treatment or mask to bring it back to life.
And don't forget, your stylist has the tools and knowledge to help you bring your costume hair to life for Halloween, as well as return it to its natural self the day after. If you're wondering if you can pull something off, stop in and ask at your local Supercuts. Happy Halloween!