A perfect Halloween costume is not complete without the right accessories. We all know that with just a few added details, we can take a lackluster costume to another level entirely. What’s the most important accessory sans mask? Hair, of course! Just a few simple tricks can transform your look from so-so to so fantastic.
Many are afraid to take the next step and alter their hair for a costume, but there are options available that are inexpensive and will make a noticeable difference to the overall balance of the look you are trying to achieve. Before giving up and opting for a costume that you don’t like because of hair issues, check out these simple options.
Hair Chalk: Hair chalk is relatively new on the scene and offers temporary streaks of bright color to any hair type. If your character costume is geared toward anime or punk rock, this product is perfect. If you’re of the lighter-haired type, don’t wet your hair before chalking it unless you want to spend weeks trying to wash it out.
Hair Extensions: Extensions to add length and depth to your hair is an easy way to round out a look without breaking the bank. Shoulder-length blonde hair for a costume like Baby Doll’s from the hit movie “Sucker Punch” only needs two half extensions clipped behind the ears to be pulled into pony-tails. Use full head clip-on extensions to create a cascade of hair for characters with loose long hair.
Wigs: Sometimes a wig is the only option, but not all are created equal. Thickness, tightness around the scalp, and consistency of the “hair” is important. If the package says not to apply heat to the wig, try to upgrade to one that can handle being curled or straightened. You can also take your wig to a stylist to perfect the look that matches your costume…sometimes it’s best to let a professional handle it. Don’t forget that toupee tape, a wig cap and bobby-pins are a wig’s best friends. A Lady Gaga costume demands this!
Colored Hair-Spray: Colored spray is readily available on the internet and at local big-box stores. White is perfect for brunettes who want to add some witchy grayness to their hair. This temporary spray is also good for those whose hair doesn’t absorb color well and is also perfect for kids. Colored spray, no matter your costume, is easily washed out and easy on the wallet as well.
No matter your costume, the hair always makes or breaks it. Inexpensive alternatives are readily available. Investing the time to create a fabulous costume requires equally amazing hair, especially if you want to win that costume prize.