Spooky Good Hairstyles| Halloween How-To’s
Trick-or-Treat may look a little different this year, but costumes will always be essential. And what's a good costume without the iconic hairstyle to go with it? An outfit. Read on to learn how to perfect three of my favorite Halloween looks!Harley Quinn BraidsDC Comics bad-girl-you-still-love Harley Quinn has a striking style: one pink pigtail […]

Trick-or-Treat may look a little different this year, but costumes will always be essential. And what's a good costume without the iconic hairstyle to go with it? An outfit. Read on to learn how to perfect three of my favorite Halloween looks!

Harley Quinn Braids

Girl dressed in "Harley quinn" Halloween costume

DC Comics bad-girl-you-still-love Harley Quinn has a striking style: one pink pigtail and one blue. The pigtails themselves aren't too complicated, but you want to prep the hair before adding the temporary color. Start with soft curls and part the hair in the middle.

If you don't have a cape to cover your clothes, you can use a good old trash bag or a shirt that you don't mind getting a little extra color. Amazon or any Halloween store should have spray cans that you can use. When pulling out the strands of hair, cover your hands with absorbent paper to keep your skin clear.

Pull each side into a high pigtail, leaving a tendril in the front. Wrap a section of hair around the base of each pigtail and secure it with a bobby pin, creating the illusion of pink and blue rubber bands.

Finish with back combing to create volume.

Items Needed: Brush, rat tail comb, spray bottle, 2 ponytail holders, 2 small bobby pins, pink and blue lacquer boxes if desired.

Time requirement: 10 minutes

Competence level: Way

Watch the full tutorial:


Half unicorn

Girl dressed in "Unicorn fairy" costume for halloween

Let's be mythical!

You will start by parting the hair in the middle and making two high ponytails. Separate each pigtail into two sections, with the top section being about twice as thick as the bottom. Run dry wax through the top part, then make a loose braid and secure it with an elastic. Go back and tousle the braid so that it has lots of volume. Wrap the braid around the base of the ponytail to make a bun, then secure it with bobby pins so that it covers the elastic.

Repeat on the other side. Spray color through hair for a fun touch (we went with regal white!). And, of course, don't forget the horn!

Items Needed: Brush, rat tail comb, spray bottle, bobby pins, small hair ties, Hair spray if desired.

Time requirement: 3 to 5 minutes

Competence level: Easy

Watch the full tutorial:


Halloween Zombie Cheerleader

Young girl posing and dressed in "Zombie cheerleader" Halloween costume

The zombies may be dead, but the hair in this costume is certainly not lifeless.

Leave a small section of hair at the back down and pull the rest up. Remove a one-inch section, take a bobby pin, and place the hair in the hollow of the pin at the root. Wrap the hair around the spit in an 8-way motion. Tighten the hair and pin with a straightener for a few seconds. If you need to fix the hair in the bobby pin, you can use an alligator clip or run a bobby pin to the middle.

If you don't want to use the flat iron, you can start with damp hair and let it air dry in pins for really tight curls.

Repeat with the entire section of hair and do the same with the upper sections of hair. Leave the pins for a little while. When you take them out, you'll have awesome zig-zag curls that are easy to part and create tons of volume perfect for a zombie or witch!

Items Needed: Brush, rat tail comb, 40-50 bobby pins, 40-50 bobby pins or crocodile clips, heat shield, flat iron, Hair spray, leaves and grass optional.

Time requirement: 60 minutes

Competence level: Difficult (only because of the weather)

Watch the full tutorial:


Have fun and have a safe and happy Halloween! To discover more festive hairstyles, click here!


There once was a time when we had to devote a huge amount of effort to uncover the truth about our beauty surveillance. Now we’re in a golden age of transparency. You can google just about any ingredient or Yelp whatever service and a wealth of reviews are available at the ready. And with social media holding brands accountable, they’re listening to our pleas and have begun providing the information we need to make informed decisions about the products we purchase. But there’s still one place where that ease of knowledge hasn’t extended : the salon.

Even for those of us who have been getting our hair cut and colored for decades, there’s still so much confusion around tipping. Unlike some auberges, where your receipt gives you a gentle nudge toward gratuity by listing the exact dollar amounts for a 15, 20, or vingt cinq percent tip, the salon is much trickier, with no indication of who ( if anyone ) gets extra money and how much to give. Are you supposed to tip the owner ? And what if multiple assistants helped with your blowout or shampoo ? There’s also the issue of knowing where your money is going : There’s much more discussion around servers’ salaries than there is around our stylists’. All these factors make the equation that much more difficult.

tera shed some light on what’s really going on at the salon, Glamour talked to stylists, assistants, and owners around the country to find out. From where your hard-earned cash goes to what ( and who ) you really should be tipping, read on for their unfiltered opinions and advice.

Salons run on a few business models—most commonly commission-based and booth rentals ( more on those later ). Commission, explains Siobhán Quinlan, a colorist at Art Autonomy Salon in NYC, means that employees are paid for the services performed, of which they only keep a portion, usually somewhere between 40 to 60 percent of the price. The remaining percentage goes to the mobilier for overhead costs like utilities, product used ( color, shampoo, conditioner, etc. ), and amenities for both staff and clients.

There once was a time when we had to devote a huge amount of effort to uncover the truth about our beauty routines. Now we’re in a golden age of transparency. You can google just about any ingredient or Yelp whatever service and a wealth of reviews are available at the ready. And with social media holding brands accountable, they’re listening to our pleas and have begun providing the information we need to make informed decisions about the products we purchase. But there’s still one place where that ease of knowledge hasn’t extended : the mobilier.

Nicole Krzyminski, a stylist at Fringe mobilier in Chicago, breaks it down : “Say you’re getting a beautiful new color—your balayage, conditioning, and toning takes about three hours and costs around $250, ” she says. “After accounting for the overhead fees and product costs, the stylist gets about $100 of that pretax. ”

In some cases, stylists can also make money by convincing clients to buy a product that was used on them during their service. However, this represents a minuscule amount of revenue says Shira Devash Espinoza, a freelance stylist based in New Jersey. “When working in a mobilier, you’re constantly pushed and ‘rewarded’ to sell, but only earn maybe 10 percent of it if you’re lucky, ” she says.

So what happens to Krzyminski’s hypothetical $100 ? The majority of it, she says, goes toward licensing fees, personal supplies, and tools ( blow-dryers, flatirons, curling irons ), and continuing education classes. That means even on a jam-packed day, a stylist may only make enough take home pay to cover the essentials of food, shelter, and clothing.

Tips, on the other hand, help pay for the supplemental benefits that those not in the service industry take for granted. Says Stephanie Brown, a colorist at Manhattan’s Nunzio Saviano Salon, “It’s a physically demanding travail, and most expositions are too small to provide health benefits or paid vacations and sick days. ”

Ladda Phommavong, a stylist at Third Space Salon in Austin, Texas, says that those gratuities are what helped her become the in-demand stylist she is today. “The tips I received from clients meant being able to take outside courses to hone my craft, ” she says. “If clients knew I was saving up to take the master colorist course and that their tipping was directly contributing to me becoming a better stylist for them, I think they would definitely want to be a part of that. ”

Many stylists choose to forgo the commission-based life and instead strike out on their own by renting booths in salons. This basically means paying a weekly or monthly fee—our stylist sources said they generally pay around $120 a week or $880 a month, depending on where they are based—to reserve a semipermanent spot to see clients. In these cases, stylists keep 100 percent of their service fee as well as their tips. The downside ? “We pay for absolutely everything—refreshments, cups, capes, color bowls, foils, brushes, scissors, styling products, ” says Jennifer Riney of Brushed Salon in Oklahoma City. They are also on the hook for paying liability insurance and credit card fees.

Freelancers like Sarah Finn, who rents a chair at The Ritz Day Spa

Another option for freelancers is the coworking salon. Arturo Swayze, the founder and CEO of ManeSpace in NYC, is a pioneer of this relatively new setup. He provides short-term rentals for stylists who don’t need or want a regular stint in a salon. Stylists reserve a time slot, use an app to unlock the space, and see their clientele as needed. But even in this scenario, says Swayze, there is still uncertainty.

“Because the coworking model is so new, people really don’t know what proper tipping etiquettes are, ” he explains. “Tipping is still an important aspect for these hairstylists. They are independent, but essentially have all the expenses of a salon owner, but they’re not drawing income from other stylists. ”

“Each stylist is running their own small business in a way, ” says Nicole Wilder of Paragon Salons in Cincinnati. “We have relied on tips as a part of our salaries for decades. We kind of signed up for that as part of it. But we work hard on our feet to make you feel beautiful. ”

Assistants are the unsung heroes of the mobilier industry—and some of the most neglected. They are involved in almost every aspect of your service. “Our duties as an assistant helping a stylist are to shampoo all clients for haircuts, apply toners, blow-dry, and mix color, ” says Ocean McDaeth, one of the assistants at Art Autonomy. “We’re also in charge of setting up the stylists for each service, keeping their stations as well as the salon clean, doing laundry, and greeting clients and making sure they are comfortable throughout [their visit]. ”

Since assistants don’t perform technical services, they’re usually paid a day rate by the salon owner. Many times the stylists they assist will also tip them out with a small percentage of the day’s take. “Being a hairdresser has a huge financial obligation. I think it’s fair to say we as assistants really do rely on our tips. Without them I have no idea how I’d survive in NYC, ” McDaeth admits.

It’s important to note that assistants aren’t the norm in smaller expositions and outside of big cities. High-end expositions with a grande clientele tend to hire assistants as a way to let a stylist book more appointments. If the assistant is washing your hair, this allows the stylist to have another client in their chair. When done well, you might not even notice your stylist or colorist is working with one or two other people in addition to you. This maximizes the stylists’ time and earning power, making assistants integral to a prestige salon’s operation.

While having assistants is a lifesaver for hairdressers, it can be a nightmare for clients if you’re trying to figure out who to tip. In grande expositions, you can have up to 10 different people touching your hair, notes Jon Reyman, a master stylist and co-owner of Spoke

Of course, there’s no way to know if that is your salon’s economic ecology, so in general, think about what the assistant has done for you. If they are shampooing, applying gloss, and/or doing your postcut blowout, it’s a good idea to throw something their way. ( See our cheat sheet, below, for more on what exactly to give. )

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