Medusa is the symbol of beauty and horror of Ancient Greece. To make a Medusa costume, put a pair of plastic snakes in your hair. Wear a Greek style dress and put on some makeup and accessories that highlight your hair with snakes. If you are still interested in knowing how to do it, keep reading this article.
Method 1 of 4: Snake Hair
Step 1. Wave your hair
This look works best with wavy hair.
- There are a large number of ways to curl your hair. From using tweezers, getting a perm, or using hair rollers. Pliers work best on any hair type, but if you have very fine hair, it's best to use rollers.
- You could also give your hair waves by braiding it. Braid your hair into several small braids and leave them in overnight or a couple of hours before the event. Then loosen them and lightly comb your fingers just to separate the waves. The more braids you do, the more wavy it will be.
- To create beachy waves, apply a coat of gel to your hair. Working in sections, lift the ends of the hair towards the base of your head so that the hair curls in on itself as you work. The gel will continue to look wet even if it is dry, but it will only hold waves for a couple of hours.
- If you have short hair or want a simpler option, you could also buy a wig with long, wavy hair.
Step 2. Attach several snakes to a headband
Attach 4-6 plastic snakes to a pipe cleaner headband.
- Put a snake around the headband letting the head fall to the side. Keep the snake's body "wave" rather than straight. Tie it in place using a pipe cleaner.
- Put another snake on the headband and adjust its head so that it is facing the opposite direction.
- Tie off the rest of the large snakes using a pipe cleaner. Arrange them so they look even on both sides of your head, but not perfectly symmetrical.
Step 3. Put the headband on your hair
Arrange it so that the snakes are not in front of your face.
Keep in mind that you may need to attach the snakes to your hair with a pipe cleaner
Step 4. Tie small rubber snakes directly into your hair
If your hair isn't full of rubber snakes, tie a couple more directly into your hair by twisting the pipe cleaners around the snake in small sections of your hair.
Hide the pipe cleaners under your hair, if you can
Step 5. Look in the mirror
Make any necessary adjustments to your chinos and snakes, fixing them in place with hairspray, pipe cleaners, or bobby pins.
Method 2 of 4: Snake Hair
Step 1. Braid your hair
Make lots of braids throughout your hair.
- You should have at least 10 to 12 braids, but the more you have, the better.
- If you have short hair, you can wear extensions or a wig. You can also wear a wig if you have long hair, but don't want to struggle curling it.
- Tie each braid with a small rubber band.
Step 2. Leave your hair down or pin it up
The simplest option is to keep it loose, but for a more elegant look, tie your braids into a bun.
- For a more traditional, snake-covered look, let your hair down.
- For something a little more elegant and subtle, tie your braids into a bun and pin it to the top of your head.
Step 3. Weave the snakes into your hair
Tie several plastic snakes between your braids with small rubber bands, if necessary.
- If you wear your hair down, tie 1-3 snakes into each braid. If you have few braids, wear 3 snakes per braid. If you have a lot of braids, only wear 1 per braid. Weave the snakes between the braids and tie them in place with a rubber band. Make sure some are pointing towards the top of your head and others are pointing downwards.
- If you are wearing your hair up, weave 4-6 snakes between the braids. Some snakes should point outward and others should hang down. Secure the remaining ones with string or a bobby pin. Put the hairpin in your hair and adjust it so that it does not fall out.
Method 3 of 4: Attire
Step 1. Wear a Greek style dress
For an easy look, just buy a Greek goddess costume at any store or don a white Greek-inspired dress.
- A Greek style dress is very long, straight and column type, but it is made of a fabric that falls and flows. The dress can go around both shoulders or just one, and may or may not have sleeves. Usually wears a band around the waist.
- For a more modern and attractive look, opt for a one-shoulder dress that reaches just above the knee.
Step 2. Create a seamless peplum dress
A single peplos is a type of Greek dress that was long and was only worn by women.
- Fold a white fabric in half. The width of the dress should be a little less than twice the length of your arm and the length of the material should be equal to your height plus 18 inches (45 cm). Fold it in half so that it reaches from elbow to elbow.
- Fold 18 inches (45 cm) from the top.
- Wrap the fabric around you. The folded portion should be just below your arms and one side should be open.
- Tie the fabric around your shoulders. Take enough fabric from both sides so that they cross over each shoulder. Hold them in place with decorative clips or safety pins.
- Tie the open side. Gather the material so that it overlaps and hold it in place with a safety pin or by tying it in several places along that side. If you wish, you can join it with a needle and thread.
- Tie a belt around your waist. You can wear a white strip or a gold belt. Pull the excess material up so that it hangs over the belt.
Step 3. Sew a simple “chiton” dress
These dresses were worn by both men and women and could be long or short.
- Use a white material like a sheet that is twice the length of your arm and equal to your height. For a short chiton, use material that is slightly shorter than your height.
- Fold the material in half. Fold the width of the material in half so that it stretches from finger to finger. Don't alter the height.
- Sew along the open seam to the side. Flip the fabric inside out and use a straight stitch to create a sturdy seam along the open side of the garment. Then turn the garment over again.
- Put it on and secure the top that is open. If the top is still open, the garment will fall off. Leave a space wide enough for your arms and head to fit, but tie the rest together with snaps, safety pins, or knots. You could also join the top with a needle and thread.
- The points where the top meets should be joined with fabric bows, revealing the skin on your shoulders and arms between each point. Don't overlap the fabric in a straight line over your arms.
- Tie the belt around your waist. Wear a white cloth or a gold belt. Pull the excess material up so that it hangs over the belt.
Method 4 of 4: Makeup and Accessories
Step 1. Highlight your eyes and lips
You can wear a lot of makeup for this outfit, but only on your eyes and lips.
- Keep in mind that Medusa was as beautiful as she was terrifying. Apply a weird, creepy and very kinky makeup.
- Put on a light foundation, if you are going to use it. Because she lived in darkness, Medusa did not have tanned skin.
- Draw attention to your eyes by applying black eyeliner and mascara. You can use a dark shadow to make your eyes look haggard or a shiny metallic shadow for a more beautiful look.
- Paint yourself with a black or red lipstick. Wear a black one if you want a scarier touch. To bring out Medusa's attractive look, wear a bright red one.
Step 2. Consider drawing scales on yourself
Use face paint or eyeliner (black and green) to draw small scales around your forehead, on the sides of your face, and along your hands and feet.
- You can also use black or green eyeliner to draw the flakes or if you want a 3D effect, cut some flakes of colored paper and stick them with a mixture of water and flour or adhesive tape.
- This is strictly optional. Even without the scales, others will know that you are Medusa.
Step 3. Take other snakes
You can wear a large plastic snake around your shoulders, waist, or a small one between your fingers.
- Hold a plastic snake in your hand with square pieces of skin adhesive.
- If you decide to carry a large snake around you, it may be large enough that it will hold in place without tape or anything.
Step 4. Go for simple shoes
You can wear gold or beige sandals.
Step 5. Put on a lot of jewelry
Wear vintage-looking earrings, bracelets, and brooches, but don't worry about looking too fancy or flashy, because Medusa was a hedonistic demon.