10 of the Spookiest Halloween Hairstyles to Try Out This Year 

woman with light brown hair wearing a witch's hat and costume for Halloween

Dressing up is half the fun on Halloween – even if you’re just planning on cuddling up on the sofa in front of a scary movie or having a video call Halloween party!

We’ve put together 10 of our favourite Halloween hair ideas to get you inspired and make the spooky night in or a zoom Halloween party super fun! Who knows, maybe you’ll even find a style you want to rock year round?!

woman with long brown hair wearing a witch’s hat for Halloween, surrounded by bats

1. Mermaid Hair

Mermaid hair is typically bright in colour, so we’d recommend checking out our guide on how to dye your hair at home if you’re keen to make your locks vibrant.
Nevertheless, you can still achieve this siren style without having to change your hair colour. Cue the very aptly named fishtail braid!

Putting your hair into a fishtail braid and teasing the strands to make them look bouncy and full is just as effective at achieving mermaid hair if you’re short on time and don’t want to bleach or colour your locks.

Simply use a heat styler to curl two-to-three inch sections of hair until your head is full of cute waves (if you’re naturally curly, you can skip this step!). Then, section three pieces of hair from the back of your crown and weave into a three-strand plait all theway up to the ends of the hair before securing with a hair tie. If you’re looking for more plait inspiration, check out our 10 favourite braided hairstyles to try this year.

woman with long auburn mermaid hair wearing a crop top and skirt

2. Vampiress hair 

Vampire (or vampiress) hair is spookily easy to recreate! Usually dark, long and straight, vampire hair can also be voluminous and bouncy – particularly around the forehead to give it that messy, ‘undead’ edge.

First, wash your locks with our Luxurious Volume range and then blow-dry with Root Booster Blow Dry Lotion for optimal volume. Then, straighten them with heat stylers (we’d recommend spritzing our Heat Defeat Protecting Spray ahead of doing so) before separating your hair into a half-up-half-down style.

Backcomb the strands closest to your forehead to give a messy bedhead vibe, whilst keeping the rest of your hair super straight and sleek.

woman with red lips and straight black hair in a vampire style

3. Viking braids

To achieve this Halloween hair look, divide your locks into two partings and then pick up a section at your forehead. Separate into three strands and start braiding until you reach the crown, at which point you can start tugging strands out of the braid to make it a little messier.

We’d recommend backcombing the bottom of the braid to stop it unravelling and keeping the braids closest to your head secured tightly in place with Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Hairspray, then with the remaining hair on the left side of your head, take two different sections and start braiding into two separate Dutch braids.
Meanwhile, on the right hand side of your head, create just one looser Dutch braid towards the back of your head and then pin it under the main fishtail braid at the top. This lack of symmetry is ideal for the viking look! 

woman with freckles and red hair tied up in Viking braids

4. Clown hair 

Clown hair works best on shorter locks with curls! If your hair is naturally curly, try braiding it overnight to really accentuate those spirals when you wake up. Avoid brushing them too much the day after as this will reduce the curliness. (Make sure to check out our round-up of the best curly hair products too, to give your curls as much TLC as possible!).

If your hair is naturally straight, use a heat styler to create spiral curls from your roots all the way down to the ends to give that bouncy and playful look that’s typical of clown hair.

woman with messy blonde hair and clown makeup for Halloween

5. Witch hairstyle 

Crimping can be a brilliant option for creating an interesting supernatural look that’s so characteristic of witch hairstyles.

To get the crimped look, braid your hair overnight to create natural waves with no heat required.

When it comes to styling your hair, keep your locks loose and bouncy or backcomb at the roots to give extra volume. This will also help keep your locks from going flat if you’re wearing a witch’s hat.

woman with light brown hair wearing a witch's hat and costume for Halloween

6. Messy Pigtails Hairstyle 

Messy pigtails are super easy and work well for creating a spooky doll style! If hair is dead straight (pardon the pun), then use a curling iron on large sections, spray with Touchable Memory Flexible Hold Hairspray to set, and then either comb through to keep it neat or backcomb.

The great thing about this Halloween hairstyle is that it works on both medium-length and long locks and the pigtails can be as messy or neat as you like.

woman with curly hair in pigtails and wearing mask makeup and a Harley Quinn outfit

7. Voluminous Waves

If you’re keen to go for a less spooky look but still dress up, why not channel your inner Wonder Woman? Long, luscious and loose hair needs staying power – so swap your nourishing shampoo for our Luxurious Volume range, and use a mousse or a blow dry spray to thicken your locks.

To achieve extra volume, backcomb from the middle to the ends of your hair and use a hairspray to set this style in place. Alternatively, if your flyaways need taming, use our Secret Agent Touch Up Crème.

woman with long, curly brown hair, smiling at the camera and wearing a purple shirt

8. Cat Ear Hairstyle  

Meow! The cat look is a definite crowd-pleaser when it comes to Halloween hair  because it’s not too difficult to create.

Take a 5cm section of hair where you’d like your ear to be placed, backcomb, spray with hairspray and then twist the ends until you create a 'v', then secure with a bobby pin, repeat on the other side.

If you’re short on time, a messy updo topped off with some cat’s ears is just as effective and one of the easiest Halloween hairstyles to create. Keep your flyaways at bay by starting this style with the Frizz Ease Original Serum - remember to apply onto soaking wet hair.

woman wearing her hair in two buns with cat makeup on her face for Halloween

9. Zombie Hair  

Zombie hair takes messy to the next level. Since a lot of backcombing will be involved, you’ll want to give your hair a little TLC pre-styling. Nourish and hydrate your strands with our Hydrate & Recharge range before starting to backcomb.

Once your locks are sufficiently messy, tie them up with a hair band or keep them loose and party-proof with hairspray to help your Halloween hair stay shapely throughout the night.

Afterwards, we’d recommend a deep conditioning treatment to help your hair look its best. Our article on how to deep condition like a pro has lots of guidance on products to use! 

woman with zombie hair and skeleton makeup, holding a skull for Halloween

10. Devil horns hair 

Two top knot buns can make for brilliant devil horns. Start by splitting your hair into two sections and pulling it into high pigtails.

Wrap each pigtail into a bun and secure with bobby pins (you can make the buns as loose or tight as you like) before adding a devil horns headband to cap off this iconic Halloween hairstyle.  Keep your ‘do slick and shiny with Frizz Ease Glossing Mist.
Remove the headband and you’re left with an updo hairstyle that’s suitable all year round! If you much prefer keeping your locks tied up instead of loose, check out our round-up of easy updo hairstyles for more inspiration.

woman with wavy brown hair wearing devil horns for Halloween


We hope we’ve given you plenty of ideas to choose from to make yourself look as spooky and stylish as possible – but just in case you’re looking for more, check out our round-up of 10 iconic hairstyles for more Halloween hair ideas!

Our other Hairstyles articles are also chockful of further inspiration for changing up your look! 

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