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The first day of school is around the corner, and amongst all the back to school preparations, you’ll likely find yourself face to face with another crazy hair day on the calendar. Spirit days are the ultimate excuse to get creative and have fun, and we have no doubt you’ll be scouring Pinterest and Instagram for some crazy hair day ideas. Don’t feel like scrolling through every social media platform in the book for your wacky hair day needs? You don’t have to! Below, we’re sharing 50 hairstyle ideas for crazy hair day, including crazy hair day ideas for girls and for boys!
We can’t think of a hairstyle sweeter than cupcake space buns! Not only is this look super cute, but it’s also super easy to recreate. First, put your child’s hair into space buns. Then, grab two cupcake liners. Cut down one side of each liner and remove the bottom. Then, wrap the liners around each space bun and tape them into place with clear tape. So cute!
Bonus: You can take this look to the next level by “frosting” your cupcakes with the L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray in Hot Pink.
Hair that resembles their favorite mythical creature? You’re about to be parent of the year! Use a sheet of cardstock to create a cone—this will serve as the base for your horn. Cut the cardstock as needed depending on the size you want. Then, wrap the front section of your child’s hair around the cone, pinning it into place with bobby pins. Spritz the horn with some pastel shades, such as the L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray in Pastel Pink and Pastel Lavender, to amp up the magic. Then, pull the remaining length of their hair into a ponytail. Be sure to seal this style into place with a hairspray you can count on, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Weather Control Hairspray.
Who says wacky hair day hairstyles have to be difficult? Put your child’s hair into a messy bun and pin it into place with bobby pins. Then, reach for a stuffed animal bird to sit at the center of your child’s bun. Tuck it into the middle of the bun and secure it with more pins.
Add some colorful craziness to your kid's bantu knots with the help of pipe cleaners in a variety of colors. All you have to do is wrap two to three different colored pipe cleaners around each bantu knot for a totally wacky (and easy) ‘do!
Floating braids? Don’t mind if we do. To get this look, simply create your child’s braids around a strand of wire. You can create two, three, or more braids—it’s totally up to you! Once you’ve finished braiding, twist each braid into a unique floating position that’s sure to turn heads.
Does your child love elephants? You can turn a bubble ponytail into an elephant’s trunk for crazy hair day! All you need is a bit of gray felt and googly eyes to create your elephant’s face and ears. Glue a hair clip to the back of the felt elephant, then clip it into place at the base of your bubble ponytail to reveal an all-too-cute trunk!
If you don’t have time to prep for crazy hair day, consider turning to hair accessories for help. Cover your child’s head with bows, bows, and more bows—from ribbons to clip-ins, you name it. The more size and color variations, the better!
We’d say this ladybug chignon hairstyle is pretty ladylike for crazy hair day. After twisting your child’s hair into a chignon, add some faux ladybugs (stickers are an easy option) throughout their mane and along their hairline and forehead.
For those who dream of a double life as a mermaid, this mermaid fishtail braid may serve as a close second to the real thing. First, create a traditional fishtail braid at the back of your kid's head. Then, color the braid using the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup 1-Day Color in Green. This will be the mermaid’s fin! Finish the look by clipping in a DIY mermaid head (you can make this out of felt or opt to print out a picture) at the base of the braid.
Does wacky hair day fall during the fall for your kid? Some pumpkin patch buns may be the perfect hairstyle to suit the season. Create two to three buns in your child’s hair—these can vary in size and placement. Then, spritz each bun with an orange temporary hair color spray. Finish the look by weaving a green pipe cleaner through each bun so it pops out of the top for a DIY stem. So cute!
Let your child’s hair be the life of the crazy hair party with party hat pigtails! Getting the look is simple: Cover a sheet of cardstock with wrapping paper that has a fun pattern, then cut it in half. Next, put your child’s hair into two high pigtails. Wrap the first half of the cardstock around the base of one pigtail, creating a cone. Tape the cone together, then repeat on the other pigtail. Tape a few strands of curled ribbon to the inside of each cone to complete the festive ‘do!
We bet your child has a sweet tooth, and this candy bun hairstyle is one way to satisfy their cravings. Create two to three buns on your child’s head. Then, cover each bun with a piece of tulle (preferably in a pastel shade) and secure with a clear elastic. Complete your candy wrappers by tying a clear elastic around the tulle on either side of the bun.
Create crazy curls throughout your child’s mane sans heat with the help of some pipe cleaners! First, wrap a pipe cleaner around a strand of hair at the root. Then, wrap that strand around the pipe cleaner. Curl the pipe cleaner—and, in turn, your hair—to create your first crazy curl! Repeat throughout the rest of your hair (or don’t—nowhere does it say that your kiddo’s crazy hair day style has to be perfect).
Another sweet crazy hairstyle idea is a donut bun. First, create a traditional ballerina bun. Then, use the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup 1-Day Color in Pink Violet to frost the bun. Finish the look by painting rainbow sprinkles on top of the “frosting” with other shades of temporary hair color. We bet it’ll look good enough to eat!
As with pumpkin patch and candy buns, you’ll want to start by creating two to three buns throughout your child’s hair. Color these buns with the L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Color Spray in Pastel Mint, then place flower and butterfly hair clips throughout. Your child will have their own personal garden on top of their head!
Calling all Italians—this one’s for you. Start by pulling your child’s hair into a high ponytail. Glue a few red pom poms onto a paper plate—these will be the meatballs! Cut a hole into the paper plate, then pull the ponytail through the bottom of the plate so that the plate is sitting on top of your child’s head. Twist the length of their pony into position (you’ll want it to resemble spaghetti), pinning the ends of their hair to the hole in the paper plate. Bon appétit!
Did we mention space buns make for a great wacky hair day hairstyle? We know, it might've come up a time or two, but you can also add a little luck to the mix with a style that’s reminiscent of a rainbow with a pot of gold! Create space buns with your kid's hair before spraying them with the L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray in Gold. Then, spray your kid's roots with shades of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Perhaps you’ll feel lucky enough to play the lottery after styling?
Add a feminine touch to spiral curls—with the help of some ribbon. First, curl your child’s hair. Then, curl a bunch of strands of ribbon. Feel free to switch up the colors and thickness of the ribbon you use. Bobby pin pieces of ribbon throughout your child’s curly mane for a head full of ribbon curls!
Who doesn’t want to rock a fake beard for a day? Part your child’s hair down the middle, then bring both sides to the front. Create a fishtail braid starting just below their mouth, taking sections of hair from either side. We know it takes a while to grow a beard, but somehow your child will have fishtail braid facial hair in no time!
We’re cheering for this wacky hair day hairstyle because it’s so easy to do! First, put your child’s hair into pigtails. Then, secure a pom pom (in their school’s colors of course) to each pigtail. Hello, school spirit!
This crazy hair day idea starts with space buns. After your buns are in order, attach a miniature cereal box to the top of one of the buns. You can do this by gluing a hair clip to the bottom of the box! Next, grab a paper bowl and cut out the bottom. Put the bowl over the other bun, securing it into place with some bobby pins. For added fun, bobby pin some colorful hair ties into place in the bowl to act as pieces of cereal!
A faux hawk will always be a staple for crazy hair day. After you’ve styled your child’s mane, spray each section of the ‘do with a different color to amp up the wack factor!
Editor’s note: Not sure how to create a faux hawk? For a step-by-step tutorial, here’s How to Rock a Faux Hawk Hairstyle.
Put your child’s hair into a ponytail at the top of their head. Cut a hole into the bottom of a clean take-out container and glue a hair clip or two to the bottom. Pull the ponytail through the bottom of the hole, then clip the container into place!
As with the ponytail to-go, you’ll want to begin by pulling your kid's hair into a high ponytail. Then, cut a hole into the bottom of a clean plastic soda bottle. Pull the ponytail through the bottom of the bottle and out the top. Looks like someone spilled their soda!
Need a quick crazy hair day idea that requires minimal preparation? We’ve got you covered. Simply create a head full of pigtails, varying in sizes and secured with different colorful hair ties.
Another take on the pumpkin patch hair look is a pumpkin patch ponytail. First, gather all of your child’s hair to one side. Then, create a bubble ponytail using green hair ties. Finally, color the length of their hair with an orange temporary hair color spray. Easy—and you can always reuse this look come Halloween!
Begin by cutting petals out of pieces of felt. Glue these petals onto a piece of ribbon. Put your child’s hair into a ballerina bun, then tie the ribbon (and your petals) around the bun.
The beehive hairstyle may have been big in the ‘60s, but we’re bringing it back for crazy hair day. Style your kid's hair into a beehive, then place flower and bumble bee clips throughout!
Gather your child’s hair into a high ponytail, then color the length of the ponytail with the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup 1-Day Color in Lilac. Cut a hole in the bottom of a clean milkshake container before gluing a hair clip or two to the bottom. As you can probably guess, next you’ll want to pull the ponytail through the bottom of the milkshake container and clip it into place. Sweet and stylish!
Another easy, last-minute crazy hair day option is to bring out the hair clips—all of them! Clip all the clips you can find throughout your kiddo's mane for a crazy, colorful mess of hair accessories.
Put your child’s hair into a bun sitting off-center on the top of their head. Next, use a hair color spray to color the bun, so it coordinates with their favorite ice cream flavor. Then, use some hair makeup to paint on sprinkles. For a cherry on top, create a fake cherry with a red pom pom, a piece of green pipe cleaner, and a bobby pin.
Did we mention hair makeup is a serious must for wacky hair day? Put your child’s hair into a bun, then color their entire mane green using hair makeup. Glue a hair clip to the bottom of a golf ball, then clip the ball into place at the center of their bun. Now that’s what we call a hole-in-bun!
Create a low ponytail, then split the ponytail in two at its base by pinning some bobby pins in between. Next, make a felt face—you can let your child get creative with this! Glue a hair clip to the back of the felt face, then clip it at the base of their ponytail to give the little guy a mustache!
This hairstyle is all about hairspray—seriously. First, tease your child’s hair at the roots. Then, brush the hair upward and spray, spray, spray with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray. Secure the ends of their hair with a fun hair tie at the top, but just for show—the hairspray will do all the heavy lifting for you!
Secure your child’s hair into a ballerina bun, then color the bun with the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup 1-Day Color in BronzeAuburn. Weave a green pipe cleaner through the base of the bun so that it pops out the top, acting as a stem. All done!
Have your child color an empty toilet paper roll to resemble the bark of a palm tree. Then, gather their hair into a high ponytail. Pull the length of their ponytail through the toilet paper roll and color the ends of their hair with a green hair color spray. Bonus: To really hone in on those tropical vibes, color the rest of the hair at their hairline with the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup 1-Day Color in Blue.
This hairstyle can be time-consuming, but it’s a great option if you didn’t have much time to prep or plan. Whip out your braiding skills and create a variety of different braid types and sizes throughout your child’s mane. When you’re done, they’ll have a head full of totally wacky braids!
Twist and pin your kid's hair to form the perfect ballerina bun. Color it with the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup 1-Day Color in Purple, then weave eight purple pipe cleaners through the bun. Curl the ends to resemble tentacles, and you’ll have the coolest sea creature in sight as a daughter.
Want to try a wacky hair day hairstyle that’s meant for school? Create a variety of buns throughout your child’s hair—then stick pencils, pens, erasers, and whatever other school supplies you’d like into the buns. How fitting!
Put your child’s hair into a super high ponytail, using a hair color spray to give your “monster” some color. Create two large eyes using black and white felt, gluing a hair clip to the back of each. Pin these onto your ponytail to reveal a little friend at the top of your child’s head!
If you’re on the hunt for crazy hair day ideas for boys, give this one (or any of the following nine ideas) a try. All you have to do is use a temporary hair color spray to color your son’s hair green, then place a toy lawnmower on top! To get it to stay, glue a bobby pin to the bottom before pinning it into place.
What hair? Use brown and green shades of temporary hair color to camouflage your child’s mane and everyone will be wondering where their hair went.
If your son prefers something sweet, give this crazy hair day idea for boys a try. Color their mane in a pink, purple, or blue shade to resemble frosting. Then, paint on some sprinkles with more temporary hair makeup. Easy!
Does wacky hair day fall around Halloween? If so, be sure to pick up some fake spider webs and get to work! Apply them all over your child’s mane, then clip a toy spider into place to finish off the look.
Surf’s up! Grab hair gel, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Clean Style Gel, and spike your kid's hair. Then, use a blue temporary hair color spray to create some waves! Clip a toy surfer amongst the “water” to complete the look.
If your son would prefer to keep things simple, try creating a two-toned look. All you have to do is spray either side of their hair with a different temporary hair color spray. Easy, right?
For an out of this world ‘do, color your child’s hair in a midnight blue shade. Then, add some white stars throughout to mimic the solar system.
Start by coloring your son’s hair with a red temporary hair color spray. Then, it’s time to get crafty. Glue some marshmallows to a few hair clips and clip them into place! Bonus points if you roast them a little first!
Do your kids like to think you have eyes at the back of your head? Let them try it out for themselves. Glue a hair clip onto some giant googly eyes, then clip it in at the back of their head. You won’t get anything past them now!
Last but not least, try this crazy hair idea for boys. First, spray your son’s mane with a green hue. Then, glue in some creepy crawlers (with the help of a little glue and a few hair clips) to complete the look.
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