This Spider Hair Spooktorial is one of our favorite creepy hairstyles! Out of my four kids, I have only one girl, so this little lady is the sole focus of my daily need to brush and braid! My poor little sister was my first guinea pig…I taught myself how to french braid on her tender scalp (which wasn’t tender by the time she started doing her own hair!). I loved doing her hair…and I even liked cutting my brothers’ hair (that was when bowl cuts were a thing), so it was pretty exciting when this little lady finally had enough hair to start playing with! I never went to school for hair, but I still cut all my kids’ hair, and come up with something fun for Little Miss every(ish) day.
I came up with this fun Halloween Hairstyle last year for Somewhat Simple. It’s a little fancier than just a regular bun with googly eyes and legs (which, don’t get me wrong, it’s still fun!). This one got tons of comments and compliments from everyone who saw her the day we did it. There are lots of different ways to get a spider web look, but this is what we went with, and we loved it!
For this bun I needed a bun form, but instead of buying one, I quickly made one out of a running sleeve (an old sock with the toe cut off works well too). Just roll it down all the way until it looks like a small donut. Other supplies you’ll need are 18 small elastics (I used yellow to blend in more with her hair), black hairspray (found in the Halloween section of the grocery store), 4 black strips of pipe cleaner, and a comb with a pointed tip (to make your parts look crisp). For my bun I also used bobby pins to hold it in place.
Start by parting the hair in a big circle, staying about 1.5-2 inches away from the hair line. Put the circle of hair in a small bun or clip, just to keep it out of the way. Then take sections of hair (I did 8) and make a little “flip under” going all the way around the head.
Continue pulling sections of hair into the braid, and continue all the way around until all the hair is braided. Continue the braid as far as you can and tie off with a small elastic. Wrap the tail around the bun, tucking it under as far as you can, and pin everything in place with 4 or 5 bobby pins. At this point you can gently pull on small sections of the bun to even out the look, or leave it a little rough looking like I did.