15 Iconic Halloween Costumes That Are All About The Hair

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Halloween inspiration comes in waves based on current pop culture moments. One year it's all about Left Shark, and the next you're bobbing for apples with four Cardi B look-alikes at the company Halloween party.
This year, you can expect plenty of Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande costumes. And if you're thinking of going Grande, there's one important question to answer: Will you have a headache from wearing that tight ponytail all night? Because in order to do Ariana justice — and so many other power women, for that matter — you have to get one thing right: the hair.
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So, to make your life a little easier, we recommend starting your costume from the top down. Whether you're planning to buy a wig or just styling your own hair, we have all your Halloween hair inspiration ahead. These looks range from a teased '80s Tina Turner to a platinum Xtina with colored streaks, but each one is a Halloween classic.
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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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Cher

Cher's look is all about jet-black, pin-straight hair parted right down the middle and very bohemian. 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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Marilyn Monroe

To really pay homage to Monroe's coiffed 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 the curly bob. Either way, a 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 to an '80s party, Tina Turner's shag 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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Sade

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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Jane Birkin

Just got new face-framing fringe? Then, you won't have to do much to pay homage to one of fashion's finest. Obviously, bangs are a must for this one. High-waisted jeans are also strongly encouraged.
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Selena

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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Twiggy

Before Victoria Beckham came along, Twiggy was the classic "it" girl. If your hair is blonde and short, this look 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

Known as the Queen of Motown, Diana Ross rocked many different hair looks that you can mimic. The only requirement: The hair must be big. Everyone — from Yara Shahidi to Rihanna — is wearing big 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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Beyoncé

Though most Beyoncé costumes involve stilettos and a black leotard, we're partial to On The Run II Bey — simply because this braid is epic.
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Ariana Grande

No Ariana Grande costume is complete without a high-and-tight ponytail spilling down the front of your oversized sweatshirt.
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