Have you picked out your Halloween costume yet? You could go as a sexy cat woman for the fourth year in a row, or you could try something a little more sophisticated and go as your favorite female celebrity. Whether you’re inspired by the sultry beauty of Marilyn Monroe or want to pay tribute to your favorite presidential candidate, getting the hairstyle right is key. Click the style notes for steps to creating the signature looks of five inspirational women, and take your halloween look up a notch. –– Laura Martin
Marilyn Monroe: Prep strands with an even mist of protective thickening lotion and set on mid-sized hot rollers, using high elevation and rolling away from the face. Allow to cool and remove rollers. Brush through to unite and soften. Part deeply on one side and use fingers to define and separate individual coils. Finish with holding spray.
Audrey Hepburn: Set hair on large rollers and mist with holding spray. Allow to set, then remove rollers and brush through. Pull all hair into a high ponytail. Separate a section from the front of the ponytail and pin forward to create a faux bang. Use bobby pins to secure fringe. Finish with fierce.
Princess Diana: Scrunch a big handful of volume foam into roots and pull through ends. Part deeply on one side. Dry with a Denman brush, lifting at roots and pushing ends back away from the face to create a feather effect. If hair is longer than the shoulders, pin the back up to make a faux bob. Finish with fierce.
Billie Holiday: If hair is straight, curl entire head with a small iron and brush through. If hair is curly, refine and add gloss by working in a few pumps of shine luxe oil, focusing on ends. Pull hair away from face and pull into a free-from curly updo. Pin 2-3 large flowers on the left side, near the face. Finish with holding spray.
Hillary Clinton: Part clean, damp hair slightly to one side. Scrunch a big handful of volume foam into roots and dry hair with a medium sized round brush, lifting up and rolling down toward roots. Repeat all over head. Soften the look by brushing through with a round paddle brush. Finish with fierce.
Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter.