Get the party started: 7 gorgeous party braids that’ll solve your hair drama

Get your mane rave ready with these rockin' party braids!  

Heading to your next party with the same old hairstyle? Here’s a suggestion: refresh your mane with some party braids. As you know, braids are an easy way to take your hair from basic to beautiful and can easily be jazzed up to be both stylish and practical!

Don’t know where to start with party braids? To solve your party hair dilemma, we’ve turned to the red carpet to find you 7 plaited looks that’ll make your mane the life and the soul of the party.

7 gorgeous party braids that’ll ensure you slay


close up shot of emmy rossum with braided low bun and pearls in her hair on the red carpet
There’s nothing wrong with looking like a princess at your next party! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

1. Sleek braided blogger bun

It’s the night of your swanky soiree, meaning it’s the opportune moment to show off your styling prowess with some party braids. How? With this ridiculously easy sleek blogger bun (a la Emmy Rossum), of course!

Using pearls as accent pieces, you will add an extra touch of sophistication and class to your otherwise simple updo hairstyle, all while dazzling those around you.

Editor’s tip: To help keep frizz at bay and make your locks gleam, simply apply a few drops of the TONI&GUY Shine Gloss Serum through your mane. Yep, it’s as easy as that!

side shot of olivia munn with side fishtail braid hairstyle with a cuff on it on the red carpet
Work that braid to the side and just watch as the compliments pour in! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

2. Side fishtail braid

Before you head off to the office party with the same old ponytail, why not quickly zhuzh it up by weaving a playful fishtail braid into it, like Olivia Munn has done?

Now there’s no need to get mane envy, as we’re going to show you how to achieve a fishtail plait in a jiffy, here. Whether you choose to rock it to the right or left is all up to you, but one things for sure: you’ll show everyone who the real hair boss is.

shot of jamie king with party braids that have been wrapped with ribbon, wearing black on the red carpet
Adding accessories to your braid will take it from basic to beautiful in a matter of seconds! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

3. Accessorised ponytail

Can’t shake off your love for party braids + ponytails? Well, if you fancy rocking another one to your next event, you’ll need to rely on the help of some hair accessories.

Just look at how Jamie King has weaved thread into her 3-strand braided ponytail and we’re sure you’ll agree that there’s nothing basic about it, right? Take notes, ladies, take notes!

head shot of melissa ordway with half up party braids and beachy waves hairstyle, wearing blue on the red carpet
Beachy waves + half-up fishtail braid = hair goals! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

4. Beachy waves + half-up fishtail braid

When you undo yesterday’s braid, you’ll be left with California babe-worthy beachy waves that are destined for any last minute parties that might come up.

To give your otherwise simple waves a mega-dose of boho charm, pair the look with a half-up fishtail braid (a la Melissa Ordway) and just watch as those double taps go through the roof.

Editor’s tip: Before you create your mini fishtail plait, make sure to wake up your locks with some dry shampoo. Our fave for oily roots? The VO5 Refresh Me Quick Dry Shampoo, of course.

party braids guide: close up shot of emily ratajkowski with boxer braids hairstyle
Love to dance? Show off your best moves with these boxer braids. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

5. Glam Cornrows

The girls have called: you’re going to a noughties-themed party and you need to pull out all the stops to look the part. And the best way to channel this era is with cornrows.

Since you’ll be dancing all night, you’ll need a set of party braids that can stay in place — and this hairstyle does just that.

party braids inspiration: shot of vanessa hudgens with floral milkmaid braid wearing white and smiling
Make your mane look like a full-time masterpiece with this romantic style. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

6. Milkmaid braids

Hopping from one party to the next? Even though last night was wild, you’ve got garden party to attend and you have to make an effort. So for a transitional look, turn to Vanessa Hudgens‘ mane for help!

Even with messy hair, this romantic, next-level milkmaid braid updo is still achievable and guaranteed to make everyone fall in love (especially if you weave in some baby’s breath flowers, a la Rodarte).

backshot of ashley tisdale with an upside down braided updo on the red carpet, wearing yellow
Fake it till you make it at your next party under 5 minutes with this braided updo! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

7. The upside down braid

Want to make your casual weekend ‘do feel extra special? Well, you really can’t go wrong with rocking this pretty upside down braid, which we spotted Ashley Tisdale rocking.

Whether your popping bubbly at a bottomless brunch or hosting your own Game of Thrones binge watching party (yes, they do exist!), you will never need to worry about having a bad hair day with this ‘do in your mane diary.

Editor’s tip: If your locks tend to fall on the finer side, pump up your party braids with the TONI&GUY Root Lift Sculpting Powder!

Simply dust it over your braid after you’ve weaved it, then pancake it (AKA gently pulling apart each section of the braid!) and prepare to be amazed by its thicker appearance. Neat, right?


Loved all these party braids and now lusting after even more plaited styles? Well, you’ll be in braid paradise if you head on over to our Braids Page!

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