We all know that no party outfit is complete without a dazzling hairstyle (be it a glam high ponytail or Hollywood waves!). But when it comes to picking going out hairstyles, well, we can all get a little overwhelmed with the wealth of night out hairstyles on offer – which is where we come in.
Whether it’s cocktails on a swanky roof-top bar or a dinner date, we’ve got some easy-going out hair ideas for all hair lengths, that will seriously glam up your tresses in no time.
If you’re late to your date because you’ve tried on every outfit in your wardrobe, make up the time with this seriously romantic messy bun updo. What makes this flirty bun special is the face-framing tendrils at the front, which add a soft and sexy touch to the overall look.
Glitter isn’t just for festival season! In fact, you can give your favourite ponytail a sparkly, festive update by placing some around the base of your it, just like this.
Editor’s tip: The VO5 Galactic Gold Hair Glitter is all you need to take your ponytail to party-perfect heights. Using a damp brush or fingertips, pat glitter onto the chosen areas and then set it with the VO5 Fixing Spray For Glitter.
Can’t decide on wearing your going out hair up or down? Get the best of both worlds with this half-up, half-down ponytail. Whether you team the look with waves or wear it straight is all up to you, but one thing’s for sure: you’ll make an impact.
Braids and Curls
Want to rock a hairstyle that looks good from all angles? In that case, you need to check out this super stylish ‘do, above. To get the look, start by creating a deep side parting, before weaving 2 neat braids on the side of your head with the least hair.
Upside Down Dutch Braid Bun
If you’re looking for going out hairstyles for long hair, then take a look at one of our favourites: the upside-down Dutch braid bun. It’s stylish, it’s unique, and it’ll keep all of the hair off of your face while you dance!
But the best news is, if you can master a Dutch braid, then you’ll be able to create this hairstyle with ease! Just follow our simple step-by-step tutorial and you’ll have everyone in awe of your plaiting prowess.
Editor’s tip: Every braid-devotee should try the TONI&GUY Flexible Hold Braid Balm. Why? It’ll give your plaits added grip and structure, making it easier to weave and stay in place longer.
Want to show off your Rapunzel lengths? Why not try a voluminous, wavy blow-dry? And no, you don’t have to go the salon to get it — our easy curly blow dry tutorial will help you create the bounciest curls ever, all in the comfort of your home.
Want a stunning style that looks just as good from the front as it does from the back? We’ve got just the thing: this half-up twisted ‘do.
Featuring 4 elegant twists and paired with soft, tousled waves, this classy going out hairdo (which works on both long and short hair) is practically made for elegant parties.
Short Hollywood Waves
All you have to do is refresh your mane with a texturising dry shampoo and push your strands backwards — and that’s it!
Box Braid Side Plait
Currently rocking box braids, but looking for ways to make them party-appropriate? Then meet your new hair BFF: the box braid side plait.
This simple braid begins on one side of the head and incorporates hair from both sides as it works it’s way down, giving off loads of depth and dimension!
Prefer to stay true to your signature bohemian style when it comes to night out hair? Then try working this relaxed, yet sophisticated crown braid updo, that’s absolutely perfect for any occasion imaginable.
If you’ve got a more casual affair to attend, but still want to ooze confidence and style, then the only look you need to be flaunting this party season is volumised, sultry waves. If you ask us, nothing says ‘party-ready’ better than wavy locks with heaps of added texture!
If you’re a fan of easy updos, but want to incorporate an element of glam into your going out hairstyles for this year’s biggest social event (AKA the office party or NYE), then boy-oh-boy are you in for a treat with this glitzy confetti bun!
For this party-approved updo, we recommend using confetti or sequins of varying sizes and colours, to really add some sparkle to your look.
For a classy and sophisticated night out hair ‘do, look no further than this uber-chic ponytail!
This classic updo works a charm at keeping all of those pesky strands out of your eyes and has been given a glam twist by loosely curling the ends of the hair.
After a laid back, achingly cool hairstyle for your next girls night? Then trust us: it doesn’t get much cooler than this laid-back top knot.
This stylish updo can be worn as is or dressed up with the addition of a bejewelled hair clip.
French Braid Hybrid
Do you want to show off your hard-earned length this party season? Then for an unusual twist, opt for these 2 half-up, half-down French plaits in your mane.
And while this simple night out hair hack instantly injects loads of extra interest into any look, the good news is: if you have highlighted, balayage, or ombre hair, this stunning ‘do will really make your colour pop.
So, before you head out to your party, put 5 minutes aside to follow our super quick ‘frohawk tutorial so you can slay the night away.
This 1940s hairstyle features soft waves, voluminous hair rolls and plenty of drama: just the kind of hairstyle you need for an end-of-year bash!
Whether you’re attending a retro-themed soiree, or just have a fancy dinner planned with friends, this vintage updo will do you proud.
Half-up, Half-down Bouffant
Don’t worry curly-haired girls, we haven’t forgotten about you, because we’ve got your back with this pretty half-up, half-down bouffant. Ideal for a fancy New Year’s Eve dinner – or even a night out clubbing with the girls – this cute hairstyle is the ultimate party companion to your natural mane.
Inspired by the quirky styles of the ’90s, these braided space buns will ensure that you’re rave-ready for any party you attend. And what makes this funky hair look so great, is that as long as you can manage a traditional 3-strand plait, you’ll be able to pull these playful buns together with ease.
This is one of our fave going out hairstyles for long hair and is reserved only for the brave. But if you do dare to rock it, this ultra-voluminous vintage ‘do is guaranteed to have heads turning wherever you go – just the reaction we’re looking for.
A firm red-carpet favourite, after seeing countless celebrities sporting Hollywood waves, we thought it only seemed fitting to recommend this universally flattering style as the perfect ‘do for your next soiree.
Glitter not sparkly enough for your taste? Fancy sprinkling a little fun onto your hairstyles for going out? Then we’ve got you covered.
All you need to do is squeeze some gel on to the palm of your hand and dip some colourful sequins into the gel, before placing them on your head, ensuring that you’ve distributed them equally.
We loved using large, star-shaped sequins mixed with mini colourful ones.
Fluffed Out Curls
Got naturally curly hair? Then this night out hairstyle for you! For a truly disco-ready look, opt to give your curls a fluffed-out style, for some mega volume.
Natural Hair Blow Out
If you’ve already got natural curls and want a new wear them for party season, let this beauty persuade you to try a natural blow out. The Solange-inspired snap clips are optional, but highly recommended. Credit: @ab.k_
Editor’s tip: It’s so secret that curly hair types are prone to dryness and damage, so its best to use heat protection when creating this going out hair look.
For thick, curly hair, we suggest the TRESemmé Biotin+ Repair 7 Primer Cream as its more nourishing than lighter sprays.
High Ponytail With Braid
You can’t talk about going out hairstyles for long hair without mentioning this super-sleek high ponytail. Loved by Ariana Grande and the Kardashian sisters, this simple look has been worn time and time again.