It’s that time of year again, Halloween!

I love Halloween. It’s so much fun to see how creative people can get with their outfits. In my family it was a big deal and store bought costumes were NOT allowed. Most years I would dig in my closet and make something up. One year, I broke my thumb on Halloween, I wrapped myself in bandages and wore a bathrobe and went as a hospital patient.

Fun-size snickers and peanut M&M helped me get through the pain.

Most costume ideas come from movies and this year Harley Quinn is going to be everywhere.

Now, to do Harley Quinn right, you need to nail those psycho patriotic tie-dyed pony tails. Here’s what you need: two cans of temporary spray hair color (one blue, one red), a few pairs of exam gloves, hair bands, and something to cover the hair you don’t want to color.  You are definitely going to need to do this somewhere very well ventilated and open.

How to get the look

The first thing you will do is put your hair into two secure pony tails. You then want to place another band about four to six inches and loosen the hair between the two bands by spreading the hair. This will help the colors blend. Now, you need to cover the hair you don’t want to become red or blue. I think your best bet is newspaper, but you could try plastic wrap.

Okay, now you’re ready to start applying your spray color. With gloved hands, hold the end of your pony tail. While spraying, you want to work in short strokes, moving from the ends to mid-shaft. Remember to flick your wrist to feather the color better. Once the hair is to your liking move on the next pony tail.

A few things to remember:

Change your gloves before working with the next pony tail, these sprays will bleed, so be careful with clothing, sheets and car seats. The last tip I have for you is get a clarifying shampoo. If your hair is bleached the spray in color might not wash right out.

My sister once used a temporary orange spray color and her hair was peach for three days. But that’s a story for another day.

Whatever your costume is, have fun with it. I can’t wait to see the pictures!