When you’re a zombie, every day is a bad hair day. You just don’t have time to mess with it – what with the overwhelming compulsion to eat flesh and all. If only you’d gotten it cut short before you were infected!
But seriously, there are plenty of tutorials on how to do zombie makeup and clothing out there, but what about hair? It’s often treated as an afterthought, but it shouldn’t be. When done well, it can have a big impact on your zombie’s appearance.
If you’re not into following exacting tutorials, you’ll be glad to know that there are multiple valid approaches to styling your hair for a zombie costume. Read on for some ideas and inspiration.
Despite what some people might think, there’s more than one way to style zombie hair. Not all zombies have to be realistic with grimy, messy hair. But even if you are going for realism, zombies come in lots of different varieties, providing plenty of flexibility to do your own thing.
Approach 1: Screw It, Just Use Your Own Hairstyle
There are at least three reasons why you might want to skip any special hairstyling for your zombie costume:
- You’re deliberately dressing as a zombie version of yourself.
- You want to be a zombie, but you still want to look good.
- You’re comfortable with a half-assed costume.
Having said all that, it’s doubtful that you would have read this far if you fit into any of those three categories. More likely, you plan to do something with your hair.
Approach 2: Style Your Hair to go With a Special Zombie ConceptIf you’re planning to be a zombie rock star, a zombie cheerleader, or a zombie Donald Trump, then realism isn’t your primary goal. First and foremost, your hair should emphasize your special zombie persona. You might be able to zombify your hairstyle to a certain extent, but if you mess it up too much, it might be harder people to figure out your concept.
Don’t worry, you can still be a great zombie even with perfect hair. Just make sure your zombie-ness comes across through other aspects of your costume – especially your makeup.
Approach 3: Make it Grungy and Realistic
If you want to look like something that shambled off the set of The Walking Dead, you’re gonna have to get dirty. Or at least, make you and your hair look dirty. Here are some tips to consider, depending on what effect you’re going for:
- Rub baby powder or flour into your hair and scalp to give it an ashen “straight out of the grave” look.
- Make your hair look greasy by applying a copious amount of conditioner, hair oil, pomade, styling gel, coconut oil, etc.
- Tease and backcomb your hair until you have a rat’s nest, then use hair spray to keep it in place.
- Don’t comb and/or wash your hair in the morning! Obviously, this is only an option if you don’t mind having zombie hair all day.
- Work some fake blood into your hair.
- Dye your hair black (if it isn’t already).
- Wear a creepy wig or bald cap.
- (Girls and Women) Put a girly bow in your hair for an ironic touch.
- To create a really wild and chaotic effect, use more than one of the above techniques on different parts of your head.
Some of these techniques may work better or worse depending on what type of hair you have (color, length, thickness, etc.), so pick the ones that work best for you. You’ll probably find that messing your hair up like this is ridiculously fun. This is one time in your life when you actually want to look a fright.
Looking for more zombie hair ideas? There’s a Pinterest board for that: