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With halloween only a few weeks away it’s time to start planning your costume. These five styles are easily adapted to fit a variety of characters. A faux bob works for flappers and and school girls. A sleek high ponytail is perfect for super heroines and sorority sisters. A french twist can be adapted for schoolmarms, and sixties looks. A diaphanous updo suits gibson girls and victorian maidens.Vintage waves work for mad men characters and hollywood starlets. Read on for simple steps to creating these versatile, transformative styles. –– Laura Martin 

Faux Bob: Begin by sectioning off hair at the occipital bone. Clip strands above this area away. Twist hair at the nape into flat pin curls and attach to the scalp. Release remaining hair. Use a large curling iron to add a soft wave. Brush through, fold under to create a bob shape, and pin ends into the pin-curled base.

Sleek Ponytail: Prep hair with healing oil and use a paddle brush to pull all hair together tightly at the top of the head. Secure with a cloth covered band. Mist with holding spray to control flyways.

French Twist: Brush all hair together at the back of the head, slightly to the right of the center. Make a line of crisscrossed bobby pins straight up the center back from nape to crown. Fold hair back over pins, wrapping ends inside. Use additional pins to secure the twist into the scalp, attaching to the pins underneath.

Diaphanous Updo: Spray hair heavily with refinish dry shampoo, working scalp to ends. Backcomb the entire head using light pressure and a round paddle brush. Smooth the outer service gently, bringing ends together at the crown. Blouse the roots, creating a halo shape and wrap the ends into a bun, pinning into the scalp. Finish with holding spray.

Vintage Waves: Prep had with protective thickening lotion and part deeply on one side. Curl 1″ sections with a medium sized curling iron. Mist complete set with holding spray and allow to cool. Brush through curls gentle with a paddle brush to combine and refine waves. Finish with more holding spray.

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 

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