Halloween is just around the corner, and we bet you’re either trying to figure out who to dress up as, or you’re working to collect all the pieces you need for your transformation.
As you might guess, our favorite part of Halloween is crafting the perfect hair and makeup look to go with our ensemble. And although hair color, funky wigs, and far-out styles are in our wheelhouse, we realized you might be feeling a little lost when it comes to how to pull off the perfect Halloween hair look and care for your tresses after the Halloween garb comes off.
So here’s our top five tips to perfecting your killer Halloween hair style and not ruin your hair in the process:
Temporary Hair Color
With so many professionals in D.C. we know crazy colors are off limits for many office jobs, that’s why we heavily encourage temporary hair color for those times you want to let your hair walk on the wild side (it’s fun over here, no reason you shouldn’t be able to enjoy pink, green or blue tresses on any given weekend). With that said, we’re big fans of temporary color for events like Halloween.
One of our favorite temporary hair color products are the Redken Color Rebel sticks, which you can find at one of our Bang Salon locations. There are a range of colors you’ll be sure to have fun with, and your boss won’t know the wiser by Monday.
For characters whose bold hair plays a major part in knowing who you are, think Ariel or Bride of Frankenstein, rather than going for temporary color all over your head, a wig is your best bet for achieving the look and not damaging your hair.
If you have long hair, the key to getting a wig to lay nicely is pulling your hair back in to a low ponytail and then pinning the ponytail up and around the back of your head in a circular pattern so it lays flat. If you really want to keep the wig in place and make sure nothing goes awry, a wig cap is a great addition for helping to style your look.
Use Hidden Props
Looking to channel a character with hair that goes to new heights? Before you pull out the rat tail comb and tease the hell out of your hair, think first about what you can put in your hair to achieve that pumped up volume.
Whether it’s those paper cones that you find at a water cooler station, or a simple piece of wire you can weave through a braid to achieve that Dr. Seuss character look, think about props you can use to help you achieve your look more easily. Because nothing is worse than the knots that result from the classic Halloween combination of teasing and extra hold hairspray, seriously…THE WORST.
Even though we advise against over teasing, hairspring and the combo of the two, the best thing you can do for your hair after Halloween is treat yourself to a nice deep conditioning product. Get the high quality stuff and let your hair soak up the moisture and repairing ingredients so that you’re not left with split ends or dry tresses.
We also suggest using that deep conditioner long after Halloween to keep your hair strong, moisturized and in tip-top shape.
Lay Off the Heat Styling
It wouldn’t be Halloween without firing up at least one, or four hot tools. Thank goodness we held on to those crimpers from our youth! Because we tend to go a little heavy-handed with the hot tools on Halloween, not only will you want to use a quality thermal protectant prior to styling, you may also want to lay off the heat for the next couple days just to give your hair a break. Again, this tip doesn’t hurt post-Hallows Eve either.
So now we’re curious, who are you planning to be for Halloween or what was your best costume ever? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter!