Crazy hair day is all about having fun, being creative, and going wild with eye-catching and out-of-this-world hairstyles. There’s a massive variety of options, from dramatic and abstract – like Dr Seuss braids or glittery buns – to hairstyles inspired by animals and even food! Check out our selection of awesome crazy hair day ideas that your daughter will love.
Crazy Hair Day for Girls
1. Easy Crazy Hair Day Idea
If you’re short on time or aren’t confident with more elaborate hairstyling techniques, don’t worry. There are plenty of easy crazy hair day options that your daughter will love. One idea is a pumpkin look, which only takes a few minutes. All you need is a bun maker – also known as a hair donut or bun donut – which will quickly fold her hair into a rounded shape. Then, use temporary spray-on hair color to make it orange and add leaves from your yard, or faux leaves from a craft store, to make it look like a real pumpkin.
2. Crazy Hair Day For Short Hair
Not every crazy hair day style requires long hair. If your little girl has a short haircut like a bob or lob, try a crazy look that only needs hair on top of her head to be styled. One idea is a lattice pattern, which you can create using hair ties and sectioning off the hair as you would for box braids. The lattice can be accessorized with pipe cleaners, ribbons, or flowers. A cool option is to add a toy spider, which will look like it’s sitting on a web.
3. Crazy Hair Day For Medium Hair
Medium hair is not usually long enough to create elaborate braids – but that doesn’t mean you can’t create a cool look for crazy hair day. Try putting your daughter’s hair up in twisted bunches, then add fun and colorful accessories. Curly pipe cleaners are particularly useful because they add to the twisty, topsy-turvy effect.
A unicorn hairstyle is a magical option for crazy hair day. It’s also surprisingly simple. To create the horn, scrunch and fold kitchen foil into the pointy shape and secure it to your daughter’s head with bobby pins. Alternatively, you could use a cardboard cone to help create the horn shape. Whatever base you choose, all you need to do next is wind her hair around it. Pull the rest into a high ponytail and add colorful spray-on hair color, colored clip-in hair extensions, or a big bow for a fun extra touch.
5. Cupcake Hair
For a cute, crazy hair day look, there’s nothing sweeter than cupcake buns. It’s the perfect option if your daughter loves dessert and wants a playful and girlie hairstyle that suits her personality. Even better, it’s a hairstyle that couldn’t be simpler to create. After sectioning her hair into two ponytails, cut a hole in the center of two paper cupcake liners and pull her hair through. Then twist the ponytails into buns and secure with a bobby pin. Next, spray on some hair color to create a ‘frosting’ effect. Finally, add a pom-pom on top of each ‘cupcake’ to look like a cherry.
Turn a simple French braid into something worthy of crazy hair day with a mermaid hairstyle. The braid itself is the mermaid’s tail, so make sure you spray it green or blue – while leaving the rest of your daughter’s hair its natural color. Create a fishtail effect by dividing the end of the braid into two ‘fins’ and using hairspray to help them stay in shape. Then, slide one of her dolls, like a Barbie, into the top of the braid, hiding the legs under the plaited section. The final hairstyle looks fantastic, and your daughter will love showing it off to her school friends.
Food – and particularly dessert – makes for great crazy hair day inspiration. Best of all, they are usually easy and quick to create. The donut on a plate hairstyle does require a bit more preparation than cupcake buns, but it looks good enough to eat! To make the donut look even more convincing, cut a hole in a paper plate, and slide it to the base of your daughter’s ponytail. Then, use a bun maker to create a smooth, round donut-shaped updo. For the perfect glazed finishing touch, paint on real edible frosting and sprinkles.
8. Halloween Hair
There’s no shortage of cute and spooky ideas for a Halloween crazy hair day, from a pumpkin bun to braided cat ears. If your daughter has long hair, you can get creative with the design. For a creepy-crawly look, try twisting her locks into rope braids that criss-cross her head in a web pattern. Then add fake spiders and other insects.
9. Christmas Hair
A Christmas style makes crazy hair day festive and fun. It’s also a great way to get more use out of your old tree decorations like tinsel and baubles. Plus, it’s a great option if your daughter has long, straight, and smooth hair. Make the Christmas tree shape using an empty water bottle as a base. You could spray it green at that point for an extra authentic touch. Then, wind the decorations around the hair just as you would a real tree.
10. Fruit Loops
What kid doesn’t love cereal? Get inspired by breakfast for crazy hair day and repurpose an empty box of Fruit Loops. You don’t need to use real Fruit Loops for the style as multicolor hair ties mimic the cereal’s colorful ‘o’ shapes. Your child’s hair will need to be long enough for two braids – one to secure the bowl and the other to secure the cereal box and create a path for the ‘Fruit Loops’ to sit on. The final effect looks like cereal is pouring from the box into the bowl.
11. Drink Bottle
A crazy hair day classic is the drink bottle hairstyle – also known as a soda bottle style. That’s because it looks great while still being simple and inexpensive to create. You only need an empty, clean soda bottle with a slit cut into one side. Pull your daughter’s hair into a high ponytail, then feed it into the container, working it down until the bottle rests on her head. Then pull some of the hair through the neck of the bottle. If you want to add more details, clip a plastic cup to the side of her head so the hair can ‘pour’ into it.
12. Doll House
If you and your daughter want to go all out for crazy hair day, try creating a dollhouse hairstyle! It’s a great look if your daughter has fine hair as you can build the dollhouse with other materials. To ensure the hairstyle isn’t too heavy or unbalanced, use mini dolls or paper cut-outs for the characters. One popular version of the dollhouse hairstyle is Rapunzel’s castle. Use cardboard to construct the castle, including old toilet paper rolls, which you can stack to give it more height. Feed your daughter’s braid through the structure and out of a window, so it looks like Rapunzel’s hair being lowered down.
Crazy hair day is a time to get creative and be original, so put your artistic skills to work to create an unusual design your daughter will love showing off. A Marie Antoinette-style teased beehive is an excellent base for artistic hair look. It can be accessorized with flowers, feathers, ribbons, and more. Alternatively, you could drape beads or attach bells to it.
A funky food-inspired look, watermelon hair is ideal if your little girl has short hair or prefers to wear her hair down rather than in braids or a ponytail. Use pink and green temporary spray-on color to create the watermelon effect, then add on ‘seeds’ – either large black buttons or fabric cut-outs – to finish the look.
Balloons add an exciting element to your daughter’s crazy hair day style. To get the look, braid her hair into two plaits and attach balloons to each one with string or ribbons. For the lifting effect to work, you must fill the balloons with helium rather than air. If you don’t have helium balloons, you can mimic the same effect by using crafting wire as a framework for the plaits. Bend the wire to give the braids a natural-looking lift and curve, and stop them from falling flat.
If your daughter’s favorite time of year is Christmas, why not work some winter spirit into her crazy hair day style? A snowman is a cute and fun option. Use two bun makers – also known as hair donuts – to create the different sections of the snowman’s body. If your daughter’s hair is naturally dark, use temporary spray-on hair color or hair chalk in white or silver to give the snowman an icy look. She can then choose his accessories.
One of the most straightforward animal designs for crazy hair day is an octopus. Girls with long, thick hair suit this look, as their locks will have enough body to create the octopus’ eight braided legs. Make the octopus’ head with a bun maker and add googly eyes.
When in doubt on crazy hair day, add glitter. Sparkly dust puts a fun twist on any hairstyle, like bunches, a high ponytail, or braids. Recently, a glitter hair parting has been trending. However, the only limit is your creativity – and how much your daughter loves to sparkle! Be sure to use biodegradable glitter, and remember that it can be tricky to wash glitter out of hair – try soaking your daughter’s locks in natural oil, like olive or coconut, for 10 to 15 minutes before shampooing.
Rainbow hair brings a fun, positive vibe to crazy hair day. While the style looks simple, it can be tricky to get the rainbow arch to stay in place. Make sure you create a sturdy frame for your daughter’s hair to wrap around, such as crafting wire or even a faucet connector from the hardware store. You’ll need hairspray to make sure there are no flyaways, too. Once you’ve formed the arch, use hair chalk or even colored yarn to create the rainbow hues. Finally, disguise the base of the rainbow with clouds made from cotton wool balls.
20. Dr. Seuss Crazy Hair
For a crazy hair day style that will stand out, take your cues from Cindy Lou Who, one of the cute characters in the Dr Seuss classic How The Grinch Stole Christmas. To imitate Cindy’s crazy braids, use crafting wire and pipe cleaners to shape your daughter’s hair. Be sure to add lots of colorful accessories too, such as a big red bow – like Cindy’s – or different ribbons and hair ties.
Crazy Hair Ideas for Boys
1. Spiked Hair with Peg Clips
You only get to be a child once, so why not let them enjoy this time and have fun! Hair can be expressive, and choosing a funny or unique hairstyle is a great way to let your little boy show off his playful side and share the things he loves with the world. If you are looking for inspiration, a spiky hair look with peg clips is excellent for creating that crazy scientist appearance. This style can be made on all hair lengths and textures, and it is not so elaborate that it will be challenging to recreate.
2. Bold and Colorful Mohawk
The mohawk is edgy and cool, and styling your little boy’s hair in this way can look rebellious and make him feel awesome. The hairstyle works best on longer hair because it will give your look more height. There is more room to experiment with different finishes. Bold, bright colors, like fluorescents, are great because they are unmissable. Let your child choose his favorite combination; green and orange, blue and pink, or something different. To take the mohawk to the next level, you can add battery-operated lights to the spikes!
3. Farm Fun
The farmyard theme is so fun because it is open to interpretation, and there are a lot of opportunities to get creative. You can choose your favorite farm animals, including cows and pigs, or focus on machinery like tractors. You can also dye the hair yellow to make it look like hay bales or opt for a green look to represent the grass; the color your boy chooses will depend on his preference and the look he wants to achieve. You will need a strong hold product to give the hair a spiky texture, and it may be challenging to secure the toys, but this is an expressive and cool hairstyle that every little boy will love.
4. Anyone For Smores? Spiky Hair
If your little one is a lover of the outdoors and you want his hair to reflect this, then the perfect crazy hairstyle is a more-inspired look. Add sticks and mini marshmallows, or cotton blobs, to the hair to recreate a campfire scene. To create a textured finish, you want to spike the hair but ensure the spikes are not too rigid. You can also add a temporary hair dye like a deep brown or red to make the look stand out better.
5. Zipper and Stars Shaved Sides
Why not opt for a unique approach to shaved sides for a rebellious and edgy finish? Shaved sides are a great addition to any haircut. Keeping the hair on the top longer and the back and sides shorter will create a contrast and give the hair structure. But for the days when you have free time and want to let your son express himself, transform the classic shaved sides into a creative zipper and star hairstyle! Focusing the zipper onto the side makes the contrast even more noticeable. Use hair spray and stencils to create the stars or paint them free-hand. Then get creative with your color choice for the hair on top, mixing and matching all your favorites.
6. Cookie Monster Blue Hair
The muppets are beloved characters from the popular show Sesame Street and have been loved by children around the world for decades. Cookie Monster is one of the most hilarious and recognizable characters and is a cute and simple choice for transforming your little boy’s hair. Start by coloring the hair blue with a temporary product like a hairspray; always ensure it is washable and child-friendly. You can then add two big eyes to represent Cookie Monster. For a more detailed finish, you can even add some fake cookies.
7. It’s Your Birthday Candle Hairstyle
The twist hairstyle is simple and cool. It is done by twisting the hair and securing it with a strong hold product and elastics. You can add a few candles to the twists for a creative approach to this cute and youthful hairstyle for a birthday-inspired look. The candles are easy to secure with hair elastics and can create a colorful finish. Let your son pick his favorite hues, from purples and blues to greens and oranges.
Lego is one of the most popular toys and can be found in most households because it encourages creativity and boosts imagination. So, for a crazy hairstyle that can be easily recreated with what you already have at home, why not add a few pieces of lego to the hair! You can create the scene of your choice, from construction to space themes, and choose the colors to match. To secure the lego and prevent it from slipping easily, it helps to create a messy, textured hairstyle first, creating more hold.
9. Surfs Up Hair
For boys with medium and long hair, one of the easiest and coolest ways to style it in a wave. You can brush the hair up at the top, creating a pompadour or quiff, or focus it in the center of the head; the choice is yours. If it is too challenging to create the desired hold, you can add texture to the hair to give it movement. Use blue and white hair colors to replicate a wave’s appearance; add a toy surfer or surfboard to finish it off.
10. Easy Animal Hairstyle
You do not have to add twists to the hair or create unusual shapes to have a cool and crazy hairstyle. Sometimes the simplest approach is best and will be a lot less hassle for you to pull off. A great option would be to draw an animal, like a skunk, possum, or hedgehog, onto the forehead and then style the hair to be spiky and textured. You can also add the colors of your chosen animal; for example, a skunk would need you to paint a black and white stripe, while a hedgehog is just brown.
11. Green Grass Hair
Hairstyles can be creative and fun without being expensive to create or time-consuming. Take this green grass hair as inspiration; all you need to do is color the hair to your son’s favorite shade of green temporary color spray. Then add toys of your choosing to the hair, securing them with hair elastics, bobby pins, pipe cleaners, or whatever works best for you. It is also a look that works with all hair lengths and textures.
12. Universe Hairstyle
If your son is fascinated with space and you want a super cool look that will make all his friends envious, then try out this universe-inspired hairstyle. To start, you want to color the hair with temporary hair spray to make it look like the sky; you can also add glitter for a little sparkle to represent the stars. Add cardboard cutouts of the moon, sun, and planets, or paint white stars onto the hair. The combinations and how you incorporate them are entirely up to you.
13. Under The Sea Hair
The ocean is a beautiful and mysterious place. It is filled with some of the world’s most colorful and interesting creatures, which will be the perfect inspiration for your son’s hairstyle. There are many ways to create this theme which gives you a lot of freedom with how you choose to do it; twist the hair and color it to look like coral, transform it into a wave, or add toys and shells. Your approach depends on the hair texture, length, and the desired look. This is a wonderful theme to get the creative juices flowing.
14. Jaws Quiff Hairdo
Sharks can be scary, but they are also cool. Whether your son wants a hairstyle that is intimidating and shows others that although he is creative, he is not to be messed with, or wants a shark-inspired theme because he loves the creatures of the ocean; this is a great choice. You can opt for a simple approach, coloring the hair blue and adding a shark toy. Or, for those who are up to the challenge, transform the hair into a wave or a shark fin.
15. Let The Fun Begin Glitter and Bead Hair
Glitter can be every parent’s worst nightmare because it gets everywhere, but it can make for sparkly and creative hairstyles. This is also one of the most simple approaches to a crazy hair day because you do not need to worry about securing toys or styling the hair in any particular way. Embrace the mess and add small beads to the hair for a more texturally interesting finish.
16. Creepy Crawly Green Hair
For a creepy crawly-inspired hairstyle, all you need is a temporary hair spray in your chosen color, such as green, if you want to create the appearance of grass. You then need to select a few toys to add to the hair, including spiders and centipedes. Style the hair to be textured, which will also help create a better hold and disguise the elastics or wires that you use to hold the toys in place. Fun, expressive, and super playful, what hairstyle could be better?!
17. Spider-Man Hair
If Spider-Man is one of your son’s favorite characters, you can design his crazy hairstyle around this theme. There is a lot of versatility with a Spider-Man-inspired hairdo, including using the red and blue color scheme, adding a spider toy to the hair, and creating the appearance of cobwebs; what you use to do this is up to you, and you can get as creative as you want.
18. Colorful Lizard Hair
Does your little boy love lizards? Well, why not transform his hair into his favorite lizard by spiking the hair in the middle, creating a faux hawk, and coloring it to create the appearance of a reptile. You can also paint the eyes and legs to make it look like the lizard is sitting on your son’s head. This is a relatively simple way to style the hair and lets you get creative with the finish.
The ideal hairstyle for Halloween is to transform your son’s hair into a pumpkin. The bright orange color will make the hair stand out, and you can use temporary black hair spray paint and a stencil to create the face. For the top of the hair, you can style it to look like a pumpkin stalk and color it green. You will be surprised how easy this hairstyle is to create, and it is super fun. It will work best with medium hair length if you want to make the stalk, but even short hairstyles can be transformed into a pumpkin.
20. Scary Spider Hair
Whether designing a look for Halloween, a birthday party, or a just a fun day, you cannot go wrong with a spider. There are many materials you can use to create the spider. This includes placing it on top of your son’s head, using curly pipe cleaners for the legs. If you don’t feel like getting out the arts and craft box, an alternative is to add a spider toy on top of the head instead. You can also add spider webs for a more detailed finish.
Crazy Hair Day Tutorials
For some simple crazy hair day tips and tricks for six popular girls’ styles, check out the YouTube tutorial from the family-friendly channel Kids Cooking and Crafts. Presenter Ava and her mom show you how to quickly and easily create the looks, and your daughter will love watching the steps before you recreate them together.
Crazy Hair Day FAQs
Why do we celebrate crazy hair day?
Crazy Hair Day is a fundraising event to raise money and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis, a condition that causes damage to the lungs, digestive system, and other organs.
What can I do for crazy hair day?
There are dozens of ideas you can try from pumpkin buns to spider webs, cupcakes, and mermaid tails. Make the most of household items to create cereal hair, soda hair, or floating pigtails with helium balloons. Other great options include a snowman, Dr. Seuss styles, rainbows, watermelons, or Christmas trees. Get creative with colored hairspray, glitter, and accessories.
How do you do a unicorn hairstyle?
Use tin foil to create a horn, and secure it to the top of your head with hairpins. Wrap the top half of your hair around it, securing with more pins and hairspray, then tie your remaining hair up in a perky ponytail. Complete the look by using colored hairspray and glitter to paint your horn and tail. You can also add accessories such as bows and clips to go all out.
How do I make my hair crazy rainbow?
Colored hairspray, hair chalk, or temporary dye paste is the best way to create rainbow colors in your hair. If you want to make an actual rainbow, tie your hair into two high pigtails. Then create an arch using tin foil, securing an end to the base of each pigtail. Wrap your hair around it, securing with more pins, to create a rainbow shape. Then it’s the fun part – coloring it! Use paste, spray, or chalk to add different colors and complete the look by adding cotton wool clouds around each hair tie.
Arabella Roden is a skilled writer and sub-editor with over ten years of experience across print, digital, and B2B. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and specializes in beauty, hairstyles, fashion, tattoos, and lifestyle topics. Arabella is currently the Chief Sub Editor at Mecca Brands and has been writing for The Trend Spotter since 2019.
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