How To: '80s Halloween Costume Hair

How To Style ‘80s Halloween Hair Fit For A Pop Star

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28 September 2018
'80s halloween costume hair
photo of Jessie Amato

Jessie Amato

Junior Beauty Editor

28 September 2018

When you think of ‘80s trends, a million things probably come to mind. Whether you’re dreaming of crimped strands, chunky statement jewelry, or sequin hair accessories, there are tons of looks from the decade that have made a major comeback this year. With Halloween quickly approaching, we’re already searching for popular ‘80s trends to incorporate into our costumes.

Trying to decide on an ‘80s look for this year? Lindsey Olson, Redken artist and brand ambassador, demonstrates how to get ‘80s Halloween costume hair in no time. Whether you have dark brown hair or grey balayage, this style is sure to make you stand out.


What You’ll Need

‘80s styles often look complex and over the top, however, most of the iconic looks from the decade are not difficult to achieve. To transform yourself into an ‘80s pop star, you’ll only need a few basic hair tools. Be sure to have a 1-inch curling iron, two hair bungees, a black silk headband, and a few staple Redken products at hand before you get to styling.


Prep Your Hair

For this look, start with clean, slightly damp hair. Since you’re heat styling, apply a heat protectant like the Redken Iron Shape 11 throughout your strands.This lightweight, anti-frizz hairspray not only protects and repairs damaged hair, but also works to prevent hair breakage and offers a brilliant shine finish.

Then, take a dime-sized amount of Redken Full Frame 07 Mousse and scrunch your hair lightly to create volume.


Create the perfect ‘80s texture.

Take 1-inch sections of hair at a time and wrap them around your curling iron. Once you’ve curled your entire head, it’s time to create that voluminous ‘80s texture. Take Redken Quick Tease 15 Finishing Spray and apply a few spritzes to the ends of your hair. This root-lifting spray boosts body, creates lift and locks in volume for a lasting matte finish. Use a blow dryer to dry any remaining damp pieces of hair. As you blow-dry, scrunch your hair upward starting your ends and working your way up.

Set the style in place.

Gather all of your hair at the top of your head as if you’re about to style a high ponytail. After the hair is gathered, twirl your hair at the base, forming a twist. Let the loose strands from the twist fall in front of your face. Secure the twist at the crown of your head using a hair bungee. Add a second bungee a few inches below the first for additional hold. Apply a few more spritzes of Redken Quick Tease 15. 


Once you’ve secured the twist in place, your look is nearly complete. Since Halloween hair is all about the accessories, wrap your black silk headband around your head to top it all off.

Now that you have ‘80s pop star hair down pat pair it with the perfect outfit to make a statement this Halloween!

Need some expert advice about your Halloween hairstyle? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.

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