With Halloween right around the corner, why not embrace a new sense of style with your hair? Sometimes we forget or don’t have much time to focus on a costume, and a mask can sometimes be a bit dull. Drop the drab, store-bought wig and take a little time out of your day to transform yourself into something wicked by night.
Show Off Some Color
Color is the perfect way to alter a look. The possibilities are nearly endless; these days, there are dozens of products that offer a temporary color service. For a quick fix, use a colored hairspray that can be found in any party store. The color is vivid (even on dark hair), yet washes out easily. Want something that lasts a little longer? Temporary dyes work perfectly for light-colored hair and wash out in fewer than ten washes (if you have dark hair, you will need to use a lightener to obtain true color). For a cool tie-dyed effect, stop by Urban Outfitters to pick up a pack of hair chalk for only $14. Simply rub the chalk on strands of hair; you can even use multiple colors on one strand for an awesome result.
A Little Tease Never Hurts
Teasing or backcombing is another way to achieve a different ‘do, though we’re not talking about Snooki from Jersey Shore (unless that’s what you’re going for). Sectioning your hair and then backcombing and hairspraying can create definite volume that can be shaped into anything you desire. Whether you want to create a look from The Great Gatsby (as pictured), Mad Men, or Once Upon a Time, teasing is an essential part of the process. All you need is a bristle brush (less than $5) and a hairspray that will hold without being crunchy, such as Joico’s Joimist Firm Hair Spray ($15).
If you really want to stand out of the crowd, glitter might be the proper route for you. For a subtle look, use a glitter hairspray to obtain a high shine. For a more dramatic effect, spray hair or add gel and, while the section of hair is still wet, dip it into fine glitter. Let dry, and finish off with more hairspray to make it last. For longer hair, you can easily create a glorious glitter ombré with this method. It might get a bit messy, but it will pay off in the end.
Get the Look
What you need: hairspray, bobby pins, curling iron, brush
What you need: mousse, hairspray, comb, brush