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Top tips on perfecting the best Halloween hairstyles and Salon Worthy Blow-Dry

As Halloween creeps up on us, it's time to start planning those spooky hairstyles as the latest of the party seasons is upon us. Here celebrity hairstylist to a vast array of A-list clientele such as the likes of Cindy Crawford & Eva Longoria, Asgar Saboo shares his top tips to achieving that show stopping Halloween hair accompanied with the perfect blow-dry to complement your fancy dress costumes.

The Salon Worthy Blow-dry

Halloween is the perfect time to step out with that salon-worthy blow-dry, capable of stealing the show. A powerful and fierce blow-dry matched with a spooky costume is sure to make you the main attraction, but our home and work commitments means this isn't always practical. That's why learning how to achieve the salon blow-dry at home is an essential money saver that will ensure your hair stays styled for hours.

Pre-Dry: Pre-drying your hair makes it much easier to manage later on. Towel dry your hair then detangle with a wide-toothed comb to minimise breakage.

Prep: Smooth over towel-dried hair with a small amount of serum or natural oil, such as coconut or argan oil, ensuring you use on the mid to ends of your hair to avoid greasiness. For curly hair, the trick is to ensure the curls remain constructed, so add a volume enhancing mousse or curl enhancing product to set them. Finally, brush through again with a wide-toothed comb to spread the product evenly. Add a heat protection spray to dry or damaged hair.

Section: For particularly thick hair, sectioning it will make the process of drying a lot easier and quicker. Start by creating a horizontal parting along the back of your hair and fasten the top section of hair out of the way. Drying the bottom layers first will ensure all the hair is dried thoroughly.

Dry: The perfect blow-dry is about focusing the direction of the hair when it is drying. For this, it is best to use the concentrator nozzle of your hairdryer. Using a barrel brush, take a small section of hair and lay the top end over the brush. With the hairdryer on high heat but medium power, hold it adjacent to the hair and pull along the brush. Curl the brush under slightly when you reach the end of the hair to ensure it falls with a soft finish. For curly hair, using a brush will cause the look of frizziness so it is best to dry by scrunching and holding your hair under the heat.

Volume: Velcro rollers are a perfect way of naturally lifting and curling your hair. Focusing on the top layers, particularly for thicker hair, separate individual sections and place the roller at the roots underneath your hair. Pull the roller along the hair and when you reach the ends, roll it back under itself to the scalp. Fasten the roller onto your head with a grip and secure with a medium hold spray. Once you have secured all the rollers, give a final spray and warm gently using a low setting on the hairdryer.

Finesse: Now your hair is beautifully prepped and dried, the final steps allow you to polish the look as much or as little as you like. For a bouncy blow dry, remove the rollers and shake your hair gently but be wary of running your fingers through the curls as this can cause the look of frizziness. Position your hair around your shoulders to beautifully frame your face. For a sleek and sultry style, carefully brush through the hair with a paddle brush to eliminate stray hairs and give a soft finish. Finish with a spritz of shine serum and spray to hold.





Back Combing

From witches to zombies and everything in between, back combing is a simple and effective way to achieve that dramatic Halloween look. Even on the thinnest hair, it can create volume and texture. However, if done incorrectly, back combing can leave your hair dry, damaged and impossibly tangled.

How to: Back Comb

Firstly, ensure you have a good brush with bushy bristles and a fine tipped end, specifically designed for back combing. Ensure your hair is completely dry, as wet hair is far more susceptible to breakage. Divide your hair into small sections to work on. Even before you start combing, spritz each section with a firm hairspray to ensure the style has maximum hold. In slow and gentle motions, comb the hair in each section back towards your scalp, stopping around two inches before the top. Repeat on each section of your hair until your desired look is achieved. Finally, spray your hair generously with hairspray to ensure your look stays perfect all night long.



Harley-Quinn

Harley-Quinn emerged as one of the most iconic characters from last year's hit film, Suicide Squad– and is now a well-established Halloween go-to costume!

How to: Mischievous Margot Robbie

Natural Hair: Starting with clean, dry hair, begin by applying texturizing spray and teasing with a comb. Then proceed to part hair down the middle and tie into two pigtails using a red and blue hair tie to wrap around the elastics. Next, to create some voluminous curls within the pigtails, wrap large pieces of hair around your styling wand and brush out with your fingers. To temporarily colour the ends of the pigtails red and blue, use hair chalk – following the tips mentioned earlier in the article. This can be finished using hairspray.

Wig: First, spray with dry shampoo to dull and whiten the hair. Next, pin the wig to your head and create two pigtails before teasing them for extra volume. Add pigment powder or hair chalk to the wig to create the red and blue tones before finishing with hairspray.



Temporary colours

Halloween is the perfect opportunity to try out new hair colours, to give you that extra edge to stand out amongst the sea of costumes at the party. However, it can be difficult to strike the balance between achieving bright colours that will last all night, but be able to wash out come Monday morning. Here are my top tips for achieving temporary, but effective, ghoulishly dyed hair.

How to: Chalk

Using chalk to colour your hair is much easier to wash out than hairspray. The easiest to use chalk comes in pocket sized compacts. It is essential that you wear latex gloves throughout the chalking process, as it can stain your fingers. Separate your hair into small sections using clips and dye the hair one strand at a time. Spray the whole head with strong hairspray before chalking. Wet the stand you want to dye with a little cold water before opening the compact and sliding it all the way down that piece. Make sure you repeat this on the top and the bottom of the stand to achieve full coverage. This will wash out easily with shampoo.

How to: Hair Spray

Make sure you wear gloves at all times and cover your shoulders with a towel to protect your clothing. Hold the can approximately 10 inches from the hair. To ensure maximum coverage, spray the hair little by little and scrunch the colour into the hair as you go. Drying your hair with the difuser extention throughout will help the dye settle into the hair and stay perfect for longer. Those with dark hair should not use blue or green shades as they will not show up well. Shades of pink and purple will make much more of an impact.



Fun tip: Using a donut, create a perfectly round bun on the top of your head. With coloured hairspray, spray the bun bright orange. Finally, add some green ribbon and you'll have the perfect pumpkin hair!




Retro

Travel back in time with this classy look, complemented by a nice white dress that can be spooked up with some fake blood to form the perfect 1930's damsel in distress. This is a personal favourite of mine!

How to: ‘Damsel-in-a-dress'

Create a deep side part above the arch of your eyebrows and curl your hair from your temples down using a one-inch curling iron so that you can brush for loose waves. Then tuck and pin your hair into a bun at the nape of your neck to create a faux bob before pulling a few front strands loose. For longer hair, it is important to try and tuck this behind your ears and under the bob using pins and wraps.



Greek Goddess

Another classy look oozing elegance, the Greek goddess look will certainly grab the attention of the party. This is the perfect look for those who want to keep it glamorous over scary this Halloween. It is particularly effective with curly hair.

How to: Greek Goddess:

Pull the back section of your hair into a ponytail at the crown of your head, leaving the pieces around your hairline loose- this can be secured using an elastic. Twist the ponytail upwards, anchoring it to the back of your head with bobby pins. Sweep the front section of your hair back towards the twist and pin it with bobby pins. Finally slip in a pretty comb and secure it in the back of the updo.





Author: Asgar Saboo

A renowned figure among celebrities and a regular on red carpets, the name Asgar Saboo is synonymous with headline grabbing, style-worthy hair. He is trusted by supermodels Cindy Crawford and Twiggy, Hollywood actress Eva Longoria, as well as A-list stars including Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone and legend Rekha. His name is tantamount with cutting-edge and sophisticated hairstyles and his hair creations have been showcased at glittering premieres, showbiz events and multiple awards ceremonies. Asgar is famed for the headline grabbing hairstyle he created for Bollywood heartthrob Hrithik Roshan, which has been the inspiration for Hrithik Roshan’s wax work figure at London’s prestigious Madame Tussauds. The UK based hair maestro has worked his magic on scores of celebrities and dignitaries the world over, making the front covers of several leading fashion magazines and item publications. He is pivotal in the styling of business moguls, ultra-high-net-worth individuals and royalty, such as members of the Sultan of Brunei’s household and is sought after by the top names in the film, Royal and fashion fraternities.




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