September 20, 2012

Spooky Tall Hair Tutorial: Halloween

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Today I am going to share a little trick for getting spooky tall Halloween hair. This tutorial is great because it works with even the thinnest and limp hair types (like mine). This Halloween hair-do can be worn with virtually any halloween costume - witch, troll, joker, dead bride - OR wear with regular clothes and let your hair be your costume statement.

You don't need exceptional styling skills or naturally fabulous hair to get this look. All you need is an empty water bottle and some hairspray. Here's how.

What you need:
empty water bottle
elastic hair tie
regular hair spray
colored hair spray ($1.99)
accessories ($1 for spiders and web)

What you do:
Step 1: Change into an old buttoned or zippered shirt. Just like your old prom do's, there is no easy way out of a t-shirt once this look is set. 

Step 2: Choose an empty plastic bottle in a height proportionate to the length of your hair.

Step 3: Tease or back brush your entire head of hair to the point of scariness.

Step 4: Bend over, and let your hair hang upside down. Place the base of the empty bottle on the top of your head, preferably near the crown of your head. Remain upside down as you gather your hair around all sides of the bottle.  Use a hair tie to fasten at the level of the bottle cap. Spray heavily from roots to tip with regular (not costume) hair spray before standing up.

Step 5:  Now it is time for your neon colored party hairspray. Do this outside to avoid staining your bathroom walls. Again, point your spray from roots to tip. *Note: Be sure to read the label first. Some brands are not recommended for blondes.

(And yes, your neighbors will think you're nuts, especially if you do this in mid September like I did.)

Step 6: Return inside for the final tweaking. Make sure the water bottle is completely concealed. Add accessories if desired. This time I used plastic spiders and cobweb string from the dollar bin. In the past, I've left it accessory free, for a troll doll costume.

Step 7: Now go have some Halloween fun! At the end of the night, this will all wash out with regular shampoo.

I love this technique because even my fine thin hair can pull off this look. And at only $3, it meets both my budget and craft requirements: inexpensive and simple. 

Happy Halloween!


  1. Love it! I have always wondered how people can do that with their hair! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Hope to see you back again next week!

  2. This is awesome! Thanks for sharing your tutorial :) I would love if you would share this (and some of your other ideas) over at my link party going on right now:

    Have a nice day!

  3. This is HILARIOUS. I am so glad you didn't care whether or not your neighbors would think you are crazy because this is FANTASTIC. What a great tutorial.