Paramore’s Hayley Williams says it’s ‘so crazy’ seeing people dress as her for Halloween

Hayley Williams of Paramore performs in 2018.
Hayley Williams has worn countless hair colors and makeup looks over the years. Josh Brasted/Getty Images
  • Good Dye Young’s Hayley Williams and Brian O’Connor recently spoke with Insider.
  • They reflected on seeing people re-create their iconic Paramore beauty looks on Halloween.
  • The duo also said they’ll be sharing hair-dyeing tips in a free online class on Friday.

The beauty looks Hayley Williams has worn onstage and in Paramore music videos over the years have become iconic in their own right.

So it makes sense that on Halloween, fans often re-create her looks for their costumes. According to Williams and her longtime hairstylist Brian O’Connor, it’s both “super cool” and a bit surreal to see people do so year after year.

“It’s so crazy that it ever started in the first place to get to a point where people will do it for Halloween,” Williams said. “I can remember it starting out – just being on tour, looking into the crowd, and being like, ‘Oh, that’s my hairstyle!'”

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And it’s not just fans who have replicated Paramore looks on Halloween. According to Williams, at least one costume company has too.

“One of the craziest memories for me tied to people emulating the looks we’ve done was walking into a Halloween store somewhere on tour and there was just this wig called ‘Emo Angsty Girl’ or ‘Emo Angsty Teenager’ – something like that,” she said.

“You know how they can’t use the actual names of anything because it’s all copyrighted or whatever? It was literally the look that Brian created for Misery Business; the look that put he and I put on the map in that world,” she continued. “It was just so funny. I should’ve bought it. I don’t know what I was thinking.”

O’Connor – who is responsible for creating many of Williams’ standout looks – told Insider that it’s “jarring” to see that happen, but “in a good way.”

“It’s not even just on Halloween,” he said. “When we’re at shows, we see people mimicking it – the ‘After Laughter’ glitter tears, or the ‘Still Into You’ hair. I’ve had plenty of people say I’m the reason they’ve gone to cosmetology school or they end up doing makeup or both, and it’s way beyond what I could ever ask.”

“It’s so cool because that was never the intent in the beginning,” he continued. “It was just two people having fun and being creative together.”

Hayley Williams and Brian O'Connor of Good Dye Young.
Hayley Williams (left) and Brian O’Connor (right) created hair brand Good Dye Young. Lani Parrilla

When it comes to Halloween this year, the Good Dye Young co-founders will be celebrating by leading a Sally Beauty DIY University class on Friday at 1 p.m. CT. The virtual event is free for anyone to attend and will give viewers tips on creating Halloween costumes with hair dye at home.

“This is a chance for people, especially those who want to experiment with their hair on a holiday, to get some tips and inspiration,” Williams said. “We’re doing a vampire look using one of our MetalHeads shades Killswitch, and there’s going to be a rock star in the shade Toxicity – which I’m already embarrassed about, but also very excited for.”

“We can’t really do anything 100% seriously, so it’s just going to be a fun time for us,” she said.