Some Halloween costumes require months of planning and lots of cash to pull off. Others are as simple as following the right makeup tutorial or popping on a wig. But you don’t have to shell out cash on an a cheap Party City hairpiece or an expensive, lace-front wig for your costume. You can rock plenty of pop culture costumes with your natural hair on display.
The beauty of embracing your natural texture, whether it’s Afro or wavy, is that your hair can transform into almost any style you please — making it the perfect Halloween accessory. So instead of hiding (or straightening) your natural hair, consider a costume that makes your curls the center of attention.
To help plan your style for October 31, we’ve rounded up some easy-to-do Halloween looks that you can pull off with your God-given curls, including buns, braids, and — yes— even bonnets.
If you’re rocking cornrows as your fall protective style, don’t take them out just yet. Grab a floppy black hat (and purple lipstick) to channel Queen Bey at the 2018 Grammy Awards.
A defined wash-and-go is the key to pulling off Josie’s look from Riverdale. To finish off the costume throw on a pair of cat ears, an animal-print leotard, thigh-high boots, and some winged liner.
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Want to make a statement? Go dressed as Janelle Monáe from her PYNK music video. Not only will your pink, vagina-inspired ‘fit turn heads, but your sky-high bun decorated with flowers will, too.
Don’t reverse hours of work by taking your micro braids out for Halloween’s sake. Instead, tie them up into a braided bun and become Princess Shuri from Black Panther.
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To channel Patrice from Blackkklansman, you’ll need an Afro pick to get your hair sculpted to perfection.
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Head to Target and stock up on some temporary hair color spray to hit the streets as Detroit from Sorry To Bother You. To copy this particular look, you can use Curlformers or do a braid-out and spray your curls with purple and orange hair color.
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Now this is a look that’ll require some creativity. You can get your natural hair into skinny center-parted cornrows as the base of this look. And to create the webbed halo Solange wore, weave together pipe cleaners and create a long plait (with braiding hair) to hold together the circular shape. This one is for hardcore Halloweeners.
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Don’t feel pressured to rock a wig if you wear a fade haircut on the regular. Just get some metallic hair paint and a stencil to mimic Danai Gurira’s hair tattoo from the 2018 Oscars.
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If buying wigs, spraying your hair, and doing arts and crafts screams “extra AF” to you, skip it all together. Roll out of bed and head to the Halloween function in your bonnet. Just tell everyone you’re Tami Roman and boom! there goes your costume.
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