15 Iconic Halloween Costumes That Are All About The Hair

Halloween inspiration often comes in waves based on current pop culture moments. Back in 2017, it was all about Left Shark, and then last year you were probably bobbing for apples with four Kim Kardashian look-alikes at the company Halloween party.

Of course, this year things will look a lot different, but you can still expect plenty of Zoom-friendly costumes as we celebrate Halloween safely during a pandemic. With careful attention paid to everything happening above the neck, you've got to get the hair right to portray any pop-culture icon and make it convincing through a laptop screen.


So, to make your life a little easier, we recommend planning your costume around the hair. Whether you're planning to buy a wig or just styling your own strands with accessories, we have all your Halloween hair inspiration ahead. These looks range from Cher's waist-length black hair to a platinum Xtina with colored streaks, but each one is a recognizable Halloween classic.

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Cher's look is all about jet-black, pin-straight hair parted right down the middle. Hairstylist Harry Josh let us in on the secret to Cher's iconic hairstyle: an ironing board. "She used to actually iron her hair on an ironing board to get it that straight and smooth," Josh told us. Now, we have flat irons, but you get the gist.
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It's impossible not to have a bomb Halloween when you're channeling the best of '80s punk via Madonna. You'll need a big tulle hair bow, wax texture spray, sparkly eyeshadow, an oversized denim jacket (worn backwards, of course), and every piece of chunky jewelry you own.
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Donna Summer

Soft fluffy curls, indigo eyeshadow, some high drama blush draping, and a glossy berry stained lip — and you've got a costume that disco dreams are made of.
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Marilyn Monroe

To really pay homage to Monroe's signature blonde hairstyle, you'll probably need a wig. Or, if you already have the color, you can take a cue from Lady Gaga and grab the Velcro rollers to recreate her iconic curly coiffure. Either way, red lipstick is a must.
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Janet Jackson

Name a more iconic box braid hairstyle than Janet Jackson's high pony in Poetic Justice... we'll wait. Don't forget to stock up on headbands and hats to accessorize the look.
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Jackie O.

Jackie Kennedy Onassis invested time into her hair. To get that signature bouffant, you could run to your local Drybar with this White House photo for inspiration. Or, opt for an at-home blowout. After you add volume with a round brush, make sure you have have some hot rollers on hand to help with perfecting those curled-under ends.
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Audrey Hepburn

With a high ballerina bun and a teeny tiara, you can easily recreate this Breakfast at Tiffany's look. Bonus points if you already have wispy baby bangs.
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Tina Turner

If you're going '80s, Tina Turner's hairstyle is the perfect look. To get in the mood, jam out to "What’s Love Got To Do With It" on repeat as you tease your hair (or wig) to the max.
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Christina Aguilera

A hair icon of the early 2000s, Christina Aguilera made us beg our moms for a crimper and colored hair extensions. And if this inspiration isn't doing it for you, look back at how Kylie Jenner styled Xtina circa Halloween 2016.
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The signature Sade look consists of a slicked-back rope braid, gold hoops, and a turtleneck. Some things are timeless for a reason. To recreate her hair for Halloween, stop in at the beauty supply store to get a faux pony.
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On stage, Selena Quintanilla typically left her long black hair down, but she's often memorialized by her red-carpet appearance at the '94 Grammy Awards (after winning for Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album). There she sported a stunning updo with piece-y curls framing her face and her signature red lip, of course.
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If your hair is blonde and short, channeling Twiggy is totally doable with a little styling mousse, a side part, and mascara dotted across your lower lash line.
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Diana Ross

Diana Ross has rocked many different hair looks over the years. The only requirement: The hair must be big. Everyone — from Yara Shahidi to Rihanna — is wearing voluminous curls inspired by the music icon, but none can touch the fabulous, high-glam that Ross made famous. For this look, you'll need an Afro pick and a mic to carry around.
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Most Beyoncé costumes involve stilettos and a leotard, but don't forget the golden-blonde waves — and a small wind machine (or fan) to really nail the look.
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