When it comes to Halloween, hair can make or break any costume—or it can be a costume in itself. If you love the thrill of a last-minute DIY Halloween get-up, there are a wealth of simple hairstyles you can create, no hair salon or tears required. All you need is a ponytail. Inspired by some of your favorite celebrities and characters, here are 10 deceptively simple style to try this Halloween.
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Harley Quinn’s Pigtails
Harley Quinn is most people’s top Halloween costume choice. Why? Who wouldn’t want to parade around in pink and blue pigtails and a baseball bat? The look is simple: Grab a blonde wig (or experiment with your own hair), a pink and blue spray can (or hair wax) and coat each pigtail in a different color.
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Normani’s “Motivation” Ponytail
Normani’s “Motivation” video was peppered with references to the 90s and 2000s, from the costumes to the hair. To recreate the singer’s ponytail, create mini sections throughout the front of your hair and secure each section into one another at the root with a white rubberband. Then, pull the remaining hair into a ponytail and let the rest of your hair hang loose. For added volume and length, add a few bundles of curly hair until you get your desired look.
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Janet Jackson’s ‘Poetic Justice’ Ponytail
Whether you have waist-grazing box braids like Janet Jackson did in Poetic Justice or you want to just use your hair, the Poetic Justice ponytail only requires one item: a headband. Place a thick, white headband on your forehead and then push the headband up to create a high ponytail. Add silver hoops and a cream cable-knit sweater and you’ve officially transformed into Justice.
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Pennywise isn’t the prettiest clown to look at, but Demi Lovato’s version is. The singer recreated the clown’s iconic look by using a ginger wig and creating loose buns throughout to give Pennywise a more feminine edge.
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Elsa’s Braided Ponytail
If you’re transforming into a Disney Princess this Halloween, Elsa’s braided ponytail is the easiest hairstyle to copy. Gather all your hair into a loose side-swept ponytail, then loosely braid the ponytail to the end. Add little blue flowers to really lean into the ice queen’s signature look.
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Ariana Grande’s Ponytail
It doesn’t get much better than Ariana Grande’s signature high pony. Here, Kourtney Kardashian paid tribute to the singer by transforming into blonde-era AG with a bone-straight blonde ponytail.
If you want to buy one thing: Long Straight Wrap Around Ponytail, $9
Billie Eilish’s Green Roots
Nina Dobrev set the bar high for Halloween with her Billie Eilish-inspired costume. To get the Billie vibe, Nina spray painted her roots neon green—like the singer’s permanently-dyed green roots—and let the rest of her hair sweep her shoulders.
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Wednesday Adams’ Pigtails
Two braided pigtails and a deadpan facial expression are all you need to dress up as our beloved Wednesday Adams.
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Beyonce’s Beychella Ponytail
Beyonce’s Coachella performance was iconic for many reasons: She was the festival’s first black female headliner, she paid tribute to HBCUs, and she gave us an onslaught of memorable looks, including her curly ponytail. The half-up-half-down style was create simply by sectioning the hair in two, gather the top half into a ponytail and letting the curls fall into the bottom half.
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Jessica Rabbit’s glossy, side-swept hair is simple yet sultry. Here, Ashley Graham put on a fire read wig and added soft curls that fall across the face and down her chest.
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