31 Oct, 2013

Making your costume with what’s on your head
By Majd Steitieh


Great costume: $80. Fake blood: $4.99. Avoiding the “What are you supposed to be again?” question: priceless. What gets you that priceless moment? It’s all about the hair. Having your hair done right can really take your costume from “Hold on I’m pretty sure I know what you’re supposed to be… a penguin?” To “I totally know who you are, you’re Miley Cyrus at the VMAs!” And the best part is that the following hairstyles are inexpensive and not difficult to achieve!

I spoke to Karina Halàsz and Catia Corr; two hair stylists at a prestigious hair salon in downtown Montreal, and they’ve revealed the secrets to having the best costume in town from head to toe (literally). In order to make this a little easier, we’ve split up the styles into some cheesy categories.

Pretty Princess

If you want to look glamorous this Halloween, but don’t want to break the bank, then the princess look is ideal. According to Catia, the look is achieved with the “Chignon” or as most people would call it, “the high bun thing.” The way to do this at home is to part your hair completely down the center and pick a side for the chignon to rest on. Pull your hair to one side and create two ponytails, one in each hand. Tie your smoothed-down hair into a loose knot. Wrap one side around to the right and secure with bobby pins. Repeat the steps on the left side and hold it with a pin. Finish off with a medium-hold hairspray to keep it all together. This hairstyle will also work if you want to be a ballerina, but Black Swan is so 2011.


If you decide to ignore Regina George’s advice about Girl World and boldly decide to actually look fierce and frightening for Halloween, then it’s all about making your hair look messy! While you could just not comb it for a few weeks prior to Halloween, the other (more civilized) way to go about it is by curling your hair with a curling iron and then teasing your hair. What’s teasing? Well for starters, it’s not flirting with your hair, but rather giving your hair more volume by backcombing it. You’re basically creating knots in your hair by combing it down towards the scalp. How do you know when to stop? Whenever you feel your hair is wild enough. Spray some hairspray at the end to keep it all in place and go scare some people! This technique also works for a lion or zombie look.

80’s Chic

TGIF because now you can look like Katy Perry (or a random 80’s chick) easily. The first thing you need to do, as Karina explains, is tie your hair in as many little braids as you can while your hair is still wet and let it dry overnight. It’s important to do this the night before you don your 80s gear, to allow your hair to curl as much as possible. The morning of, untie your hair and start teasing it like it was explained in the Bewitched look. Pack on the glitter eye shadow, get your neon mini skirt ready, accessorize with some oversized earrings, and you’ll be ready to dance on tabletops or whatever it is you do on a Friday night.

I’m sexy and I know it

Always wanted to have an Afro? Well today’s your lucky day because all you have to do is follow these three simple steps: curl it (works best with short hair), tease it quite a bit (read a lot) and then spray it when you’re facing down with as much hairspray as humanly possible. When you look in the mirror you’ll know that party rock is in the house tonight. This technique also works for being a creepy clown.

Defying Gravity

Ever heard of Pippi Longstocking? Pippi is a friendly, but mischievous girl, who always gets herself in sticky situations. This cartoon character has gravity-defying, fiery red pigtails that stick out sideways from her head. You can achieve this look with a simple metal coat hanger. Reshape a metal coat hanger you have lying around, so that you make an arch where your head will rest and have the two arms extended on either side. Essentially you want to bend the hanger to look like a protractor. Once you place the hanger on your head, make a braid with your hair and wrap it around the hanger so that the hanger can support your sideways braids. To finish it off, spray your hair with some hairspray, slip on some mismatched thigh high socks (preferably striped), and go lift some horses with one hand.

The Wolverine

Guys, if you’re looking to drop jaws this Hair-oween then what better way to do that than pulling off the Wolverine look. All you have to do is spike your hair up and outwards with gel or wax, grow out some scruff, and maybe make some retractable claws if you’re feeling particularly crafty. To get your full Logan on, it may help to leave your shirt at home.

Dire Vampire

Cue the scary music for Count Dracula and his fangs. If you want to rock that look then start by combing your hair backwards and use lots and lots of gel. You want your hair to be essentially glued to your scalp. How do you know how much gel to use? Well, let’s just say when it starts dripping on your face, you almost have enough. To really seal the deal, draw a triangle on your forehead and use an eyeliner or eyebrow pencil to shade in the gaps till your hairline. Avoid a Sharpie unless you’re going for a more permanent look.

No matter what you decide to be for Halloween, remember that your hair can really make or break your costume. Though you may be getting up to some tricks that night, having people appreciate your costume guarantees you a treat!

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