10 Stunning New Year’s Eve Hair Ideas to Help You Ring in 2021 in Style

Start 2021 as you mean to go on (with good hair, of course) with these New Year's Eve hair ideas.

There’s no better opportunity to go all out than on New Year’s, so to get you in the (Zoom) party mood we’ve got some great New Year’s Eve hair ideas to get you started.

So, to ensure you look your merry best as you belt out Auld Lang Syne, click through our gallery above or keep on reading to find your NYE look. Ready for the countdown? 10…9…8…

Twisted Half-up

New Year's Eve hair ideas: Blonde model with wavy mid length hair in a twisted half-up half-down style, wearing a white cami top and standing against a white brick wall
Looking for New Year’ Eve hair ideas? Try this! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

When you want to wear your hair down but still want to make it look a bit special, a half-updo is perfect. This pretty twisted variation is really simple to do, just pair with textured waves and you’ll be good to go.

Half-up Bouffant

New Year's Eve hair ideas: Blonde woman with straight hair in a half-up bouffant hairstyle
Turn up the volume with this retro ‘do. Credit: Instagram.com/filizhair

If you’re looking to go glitzy for the occasion, we suggest opting for this retro-inspired half-up, half-down style.

Bouffant hairstyles are a classic look that never go out of fashion, so if you’re stuck for New Year’s Eve hair ideas, you know you’re onto a winner with this fail-safe option. Credit: @filizhair

Dutch Braid + Bun

New Year's Eve hair ideas: Side view of a blonde woman with a double Dutch braided updo with metallic hair rings, looking out of a window
Forget the fireworks, everyone will be looking at your hair this New Year’s. Credit: Instagram.com/juliamcdow

This is one look that with the right products and know-how, is far easier to create than it may seem. Tempted to give the style a try? Master the look with Maddie Bruce in our video tutorialCredit: @juliamcdow

Editor’s tip: After all your hard work, make sure you lock your look in place with a good spritz of VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray. And for a party twist, try adding in some cool hair accessories like metallic hair rings to your finished ‘do.

Knot Bun

New Year's Eve hair ideas: Blonde model looking over her shoulder with her hair in a high knot bun, wearing an off the shoulder black cross back top
This is one of the simplest New Year’s Eve hair ideas. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

It might seem an obvious choice, but a knot bun will go with literally any outfit, so if you’ve left your outfit planning to the last minute (again…), at least you won’t have to worry about your hair.

Elegant and classy, it’ll make even the most basic LBD look occasion-worthy and it gives you a chance to flaunt some statement earrings.

Low Pony

New Year's Eve hair ideas: Back view of a woman with ash blonde hair in a wavy low ponytail with wrap detail, wearing a black t-shirt
Dazzle with this chic party pony. Credit: Instagram.com/hothairaz

So your outfit is sorted, now feast your eyes on this pumped-up pony.

If you have left your New Year’s Eve hair as an afterthought, grab a few staple hair tools (a curling wand, brush, elastic and bobby pin is all you need to create this party look) and make this chic pony your new go-to look. Credit: @hothairaz

Editor’s tip: Add extra height and body to your tresses, while keeping your look in place with TONI&GUY Body Amplify Creation HairsprayIdeal for creating, not just finishing your look, during styling spray in sections for buildable volume. Finish your look by spraying all over for added hold.

Space Buns

New Year's Eve hair ideas: Two girls with brunette hair in space buns with pink glitter roots
Grab your best friend and go matching! Credit: Instagram.com/beauteegirl

If you plan on spending your New Year’s dancing (even if it is in your kitchen), then you’ll need a hairstyle that not only withstands the night but looks amazing too. Credit: @beauteegirl

Messy Bun + Bangs

New Year's Eve hair ideas: Woman with brunette hair in a messy bun with a fringe and loose pieces of hair, standing at a festive dinner table
Hostess with the mostest. Credit: Instagram.com/newdarlings

Looking for New Year’s Eve hair ideas with a more chilled vibe? If you’re planning on making a nice dinner for your family or partner, simple yet stylish is what you want. Cue this adorable messy bun and bangs combo.

Channeling a very Zooey Deschanel-esque look, this Instagrammer wears her dark locks in a high messy bun but it’s her flawless rounded bangs that really ties the whole look together. Credit: @newdarlings_

Crown Braid

New Year's Eve hair ideas: Side view of a woman with mid length blonde curly hair in a half-up crown braid
Make your hair your best accessory. Credit: Instagram.com/locksbylisab

Bit of a braids fanatic? Show off your braiding skills and your luscious locks with this half-up, half-down crown braid. Perfect for any party occasion, this New Year’s hair idea is certainly going to earn you a few compliments.

Crown braids work just as well on short tresses and look equally as dreamy on curly haired ladies too! Credit: @locksbylisab


New Year's Eve hair ideas: Back view of a blonde woman with her hair in a low bun chignon hairstyle
If you’re looking for classy New Year’s Eve hair ideas the chignon is a classic. Credit: Simon Bell

Chignon hairstyles are often associated with weddings but we think this elegant take on the style would be amazing for New Year’s Eve. Instead of an undone romantic finish, keep your tresses smooth and sleek for a more evening look.

Editor’s tip: Use the VO5 Flyaway Touch-Up Wand to smooth frizz and leave your tresses looking polished. The handy wand format can be used on dry hair, so it’s ideal for popping in your bag when you head out.

Half-up Bun

New Year's Eve hair ideas: Photo of a blonde woman with her hair in a half-up bun with curly lengths, wearing a metallic vest top and standing outside in the street
Meet the easiest night out hair you’ve ever tried. Credit: Instagram.com/saloncheska

We couldn’t talk about New Year’s Eve hair ideas and not mention the hun now, could we? Worn by everyone from Kendall Jenner to Chiara Ferragni, this half-up hybrid style always looks chic and cute. Credit: @saloncheska


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