Halloween is right around the corner and the inevitable question pops up, “Who am I going to be?”
The average curly will go through a laundry list of possibilities, each of us wondering how we'll style our hair to suit our character. Instead of styling your hair into submission, why not make your costume work with your curls for a change? After all, there are plenty of characters with great curly hairstyles that you can be!
Big Hair, Big Bones, Big Fun!
The reason this character works so well is because it calls for big, wild hair that we don’t have to try very hard to achieve.
Simply style your hair as normal in either a wash and go, braid/twist out, then jazz it up by blasting your roots with the concentrator nozzle of your blow dryer to make your hair extra big. You can also style your hair a few days prior to your party to allow it to grow naturally and avoid having hair that is too defined.
To finish off the look, gather a small section of hair at your crown and wrap it around a fake bone or secure it with a huge bow made out of leopard print cloth.
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'60s and '70s Diva
Bigger, Higher, Better
In the 60’s and 70’s, big hair was in, and not just for our tightly coiled sisters. Think Farrah Fawcett, Karen Carpenter and Juice Newton.
To create these iconic, curly hairstyles, try doing a wash-and-go and allow your curls to naturally get bigger as the days wear on. You can also do a twist/braid out and fluff it out until you have more volume than definition.
For added interest, try using spray hair color to add a few gold streaks since gold was very popular back then. If your hair is wavier, you can also try creating a bouffant, which was very popular in that era, by GENTLY teasing some of the underlying layers of hair at your crown.
As always, big hair has a big enemy – gravity. Be sure to spray that mane with firm holding hairspray to keep the style in place all night long! Try something like Tigi Bed Head Hard Head Hairspray.
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Undead and Unruly
Gone are the days when vampires had super straight, boring hair. Thanks to a pop culture fascination with the undead, vampires are more glamorous than ever, and almost always rock otherworldly curly hairstyles. So grab your favorite defining gel or mousse and create gorgeous tousled spirals and waves.
If you're a die-hard Twilight fan (like me), you know that vampires are literally drop dead gorgeous with perfect hair, so make sure your hair is as healthy and as well styled to complete the look. Try to deep condition the day before using a moisturizing or steam treatment. On the day of, do not be skimpy with the product or rush it. You want every curl to be in its place. Finish off with a gloss or light oil to create a healthy looking sheen.
To complete your outfit, use a face powder a few shades lighter than your skin tone to achieve a pale, creature-of-the-night look. As for makeup, try doing a smoky eye and complement it with a nude lipstick or lip-gloss. And don’t forget your fangs!
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Be Natural & Be You
Being hippie is all about just being you, curls and all. Curly hair is perfect for the “I just rolled out of bed” look hippies made famous.
Grab a beaded or braided headband and tie it around your forehead and secure it behind your head. You can also tie å large scarf around your head and allow your hair to hang down. The good thing is that you probably already have these items lying around your room, so styling on the day of will take you no more than ten minutes tops.
For those who want to go all out, a feather extension or two can add interest. Find a salon in your area that can insert these for you and you’ll be rocking the now totally in feathered look long past Halloween night.
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To Your Curly Hair Rescue!
I love to see women portrayed as superheroes. After all, everyone knows that we can do it all!
A great thing about "super women" is that their hair calls for something different. Wonder Woman had a bouffant on screen, and wild curls in cartoons. X-Men's Storm had white hair and a pixie cut. I can go on, but note that all super heroines have rocked tresses that were the opposite of what their current culture thought was popular, or even in style.
Being a superhero calls for outrageous curly hairstyles, and I’m thinking Mohawks. But before you pick up the scissors, I’m referring to a fauxhawk.
To create this ‘do, section your hair from ear to ear three or four times (depending on the thickness of your hair), securing each section as you go along with a seamless ponytail. Your smooth edges and loose hair in the middle will give the illusion of a Mohawk. Remember to use your favorite styling gel or cream, like Kinky-Curly Curling Custard, to keep your edges smooth.
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Wrapping it Up
- I hope this article has inspired you to think more creatively with your Halloween outfits and prevented you from buying yet another Halloween wig!
- Until then, remember to have love, peace and curly-haired bliss!
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