Be picture-perfect in an instant with these fabulous going out hairstyles!
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, a dinner date or your office Christmas party, we’ve got some easy going out hair ideas for all hair lengths, that will seriously glam up your tresses in no time.
27 going out hairstyles you can’t go wrong with
1. Glitter ponytail
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.
2. 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.
3. Half-up ponytail
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. Credit: @angelacalisti
4. Curly blowdry
Want to show off your Rapunzel lengths? Why not try a voluminous, curly 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. Credit: @dannieriel
5. 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.
6. Short Hollywood waves
Vintage hairstyles for going out like these stunning Hollywood waves, are great for short-haired ladies to turn to when they’ve got a snazzy cocktail party to attend. Just don’t forget to finish off this ‘do with a helping of shine spray, will you?. Credit: @wenesparza
7. Swept-back hair
8. Messy bun
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.Credit: @emmachenartistry
9. 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!
10. Upside down French 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 French 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 French 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.
11. Sultry waves
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!
12. The confetti bun
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.
13. Wavy ponytail
For 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.
14. 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.
15. Braided buns
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.
Don’t believe us? Just check out our easy-peasy tutorial, right here!
16. Crown braid
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.
17. Sky-high bouffant
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.
18. Hollywood waves
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.
19. The glitter parting
20. Sprinkled sequins
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.
21. 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.
Editor’s tip: Want to define and nourish your coils? Try using the TIGI Bed Head Foxy Curls Contour Cream! This nifty product will keep frizzy at bay and make your natural curl pattern really stand out.
22. The top knot
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.
23. The half-up twists
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.
24. 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.
25. The fauxhawk
26. 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.
Once you’ve done this, curl the rest of your strands with a large barrel curling tong and sweep your curls to the opposite side of your braids, securing them in place with some bobby pins. Credit: @sambemystylist
27. Glam roll
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!