Deciding on a Halloween costume can be tricky.

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Even more tricky? Finding one that will help maintain your curls. One of the easiest ways to maintain your curls is dressing like a character with curly hair! There are so many fun ideas and inspirational people -- whether fictional or not -- that have beautiful curly hair. Examples include Baby from Dirty Dancing, Napolean Dynamite, Eleven from the latest season of Stranger Things, Slash from the band Guns and Roses, Willy Wonka from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Claire from The Breakfast Club, Andie from Pretty in Pink, Buddy from The Elf, and many more.

Last year, I dressed up as Bob Ross on Halloween and had an absolute blast.

The costume was super low maintenance and let me embrace my shorter natural hair. Here, I provide a simple and fun Bob Ross Halloween tutorial.

What you'll need

  • Eyeliner or a fake goatee
  • High waisted blue jeans
  • button-up shirt or denim jacket
  • belt (preferably thin and black)
  • large paintbrush
  • painting palette
  • paint
  • hair pick (optional)
  • TWA to shoulder-length curly hair
  • combat boots or loafers (optional)

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The outfit

Bob Ross always wears high waisted blue jeans and a nicely tucked in button-up shirt. He switches it up between pink, white, blue, striped, and sometimes, even denim. Really any nice button-up shirt will work if you stay within those colors. Once your shirt is on, make sure you have a few buttons undone. Once you have your pants and shirt, you will need a belt -- ideally, one that is thin and black. Lastly, if you have loafers or combat boots, break out those bad boys! Otherwise, any shoe similar to that will do. And that is all you need for the outfit!

The hair

This costume works especially well if you have shorter curly hair. Take your hair pick or wide-tooth comb, and pick your hair out as much as you can. If you need to, you can also fluff it out to get the most volume. I would even go as far as brushing your hair out carefully with a wide-tooth comb to really achieve that Bob Ross 'fro effect. If you have longer hair, you can always pin it up with some bobby pins.

For the beard, you can always take some liquid liner that matches your hair color and draw on your bread with short quick strokes! If you don't want to bother, you can always buy a fake beard to stick on your face. Just make sure it's short like Bob's! Lastly, Don't forget the chest hair! That's super important.

The palette

For the palette, you can buy a cheap plastic or wooden one at any craft store. Otherwise, you can make your own out of duck tape and cardboard! Simply take the cardboard, cut out a palette shape, then wrap it up in any kind of duck tape. The last thing you'll need is some cheap acrylic paint. Acrylic is ideal since it dries quickly. Grab your large paintbrush, and you're ready to go paint some happy trees!

Who are you dressing up as this Halloween?

Here's some inspiration for your next look.