Get your glow on with these stunning going out hairstyles

All Things Hair | 22 November 2017

Be picture-perfect in an instant with these fabulous night out hair looks!


You get the call; the girls are heading out for the night and you have to be there! Yet while you may have a wardrobe full of appropriate attire for such last-minute events, what you really need is a wealth of going out hairstyles in your styling repertoire.

Whether it’s cocktails on a roof top or drinks at your local, we’ve got some stunning ideas that will transform your tresses in no time! So grab yourself a cuppa and get ready to be inspired… because with these lovely ‘dos, all eyes are going to be on you.

Quick and easy going out hairstyles we know you’ll love


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Go for a box braid side plait on your next girls night! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

1. 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! Just when you thought box braids couldn’t get any cooler, right?

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This upside down French braid is one of our fave going out hairstyles. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

2. 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, here, and you’ll have everyone in awe of your plaiting prowess.

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We love these sultry waves! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

3. Volumised, 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 long, wavy locks, with heaps of added texture!

VO5 Wave Creation Hairspray

Editor’s tip: Soft, bouncy waves can easily be achieved with the use of a large barrel curling tong and some VO5 Voluptuous Waves Creation Hairspray. Now get on that dance floor and work it!

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Night out hair? Try the crown braid! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

4. Crown braid

Prefer to stay true to your signature bohemian style when it comes to going out hair? Then try working this relaxed, yet sophisticated crown braid updo, that’s absolutely perfect for any occasion imaginable!

Just don’t forget to give your finished look a healthy spritz of the VO5 Classic Ultimate Hold Hairsprayto help hold your braid in place all night long!

image of a woman with her hair in a top knot bun with glitter
The sparklier the better we say! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

5. The confetti bun

If you’re a fan of updos, but want to incorporate an element of glam into your hairdo for this year’s biggest social event (AKA the office party), 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.

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Try out a sleek, wavy ponytail for a simple ‘do. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

6. Sleek, wavy ponytail

For classy and sophisticated night out hair, 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 – meaning you can boogie all night long in style! 

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Check out the half-up, half-down bouffant. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

7. The 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 gals – this cute hairstyle is the ultimate party companion to your natural curls.

But if that wasn’t enough to convince you, know this: since your curly hair is already full of volume, you won’t need to spend ages backcombing your mane to achieve that big bouffant effect. Seriously, this is one of the most perfect hairstyles for going out when you only have minutes to spare!

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Try your hand at braided buns. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

8. Braided buns

Inspired by the quirky styles of the 1990s, 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!

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We’re loving these fabulous fluffed out curls! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

9. Fluffed out curls

Got naturally curly hair? Then this night out hair style for you! For a truly sultry look, opt to give your curls a fluffed-out style, for some mega volume.

However, before you start your styling, we recommend using the TONI&GUY Prep Curl Defining Oil  on damp hair, to help to nourish your curly strands, as well as make them appear more defined!

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Rock a sky-high bouffant for a fun going out hairstyle! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

10. Sky-high bouffant

Feel like embracing the swinging ’60s for your NYE party? Then take your hair to new heights (literally!), with this glamorous bouffant updo!

This is one of our fave going out hairstyles for long hair and is reserved only for the brave. But if you do dare tor rock it, this ultra-voluminous vintage ‘do is guaranteed to have heads turning wherever you go – just the reaction we’re looking for.

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Going out hairstyles don’t get much more glam then this! Credit: Hollywood waves. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

11. Hollywood waves

What going out hairstyles list would be complete without the inclusion of this iconic, wavy hairstyle? 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.

If you’re a little stuck on how to get the look, just follow the easy steps in Zoella’s side-swept curls tutorial and you’ll be rocking up to any party in effortless style!

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For fun going out hairstyles whip out the glitter! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

12. The glitter parting

We’re guessing you’ve heard of the festival-worthy glitter roots hair trend that was huge last year. If you didn’t, the trend consisted of people applying colourful glitter to the roots of their hair, for a quick and easy statement style.

But while wild glitter roots was perfect for festival season, we reckon end-of-year parties deserve something a little more refined, like the glitter parting!

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Glitter hair is a must try for your next night out! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

13. 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!

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This top knot is perfect for day and night. Credit:

14. 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 a top knot!

This stylish updo can be worn as is, or glammed up with the addition of a bejewelled hair clip. Whichever style you opt for, you’ll be laughing in the face of time at how quickly you can pull it all together. Credit: @afmphotography

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This sweet twisted ‘do is perfect for a night out. Credit:

15. 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.

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. Credit: @thorneartistry

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Going out hairstyles? How about a pretty French braid hybrid. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

16. The 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 highlightedbalayage, or ombre hair, this stunning ‘do will really make your colour pop

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Transfrom your tresses in to a faux-fro hawk with this sweet ‘do. Credit:

17. The fauxhawk

If you’ve been blessed with afro hair, then count your lucky stars, because your coily hair type means that you can create this edgy fauxhawk (or ‘frohawk, as we like to call it!) in a matter of minutes.

Not only does this cool-girl style do a great job of keeping the hair off your face while you boogie the night away, but it’s also ideal for taming unruly curls, too!

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. Credit: @posh_syd

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We’re crushing on this braid and curl combo. Credit:

18. 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. Done and dusted! Credit: @sambemystylist

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Throw it back with this adorable retro hairstyle. Credit:

19. 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!

Whether you’re attending a retro-themed soiree, or just have a fancy dinner planned with friends, this vintage updo will do you proud.

So, what are you waiting for? Get your VO5 Sublime Sleek Creation Hairspray at the ready and check out our step-by-step tutorial to master this look! Credit: @theblackpinup


And there you have it, folks, all the quick and easy going out hairstyles you’ll ever need! But once the party is over and you need something for your daytime activities, check out our Easy and Quick Hairstyles page for all our daily hairdo heroes.


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