Head this way for A-list-approved hairdos that’ll make you the belle of the ball.
What you’ll need
Party preparation is about more than just picking the right dress, jewellery and accessories. A large part of getting ready for a special night out is also selecting a fabulous hairstyle to match. But where should you turn for some gorgeous, game-changing evening hairstyles? The red carpet, where a number of A-listers are putting their most stylish foot (or hairdo) forward, of course!
Want to see which evening hairstyles tickled our fancy at some of this year’s most high profile events? Then read on and scroll through the inspiration gallery (above) for a round-up of our favourite looks for short, mid-length and long hair.
11 A-list approved evening hairstyles
The look: TWA
Inspired by: Lupita Nyong’o and Viola Davis
Celebrate your natural hair and rock your TWA like Viola Davis and Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o. But remember, no one likes a dull ‘fro, so don’t forget to moisturise your mane with a leave-in conditioner (like the VO5 Nourish My Shine Miracle Mist, £4.28*) before you step out for your formal function!
The look: Polished pixie
Inspired by: Faith Hill and Jennifer Hudson
Looking for easy, yet chic party hairstyles for short hair? Why not take a leaf out of Faith Hill’s book and get your hair cocktail hour-ready by slicking your pixie to one side for a cool, grown-up take on after-dark glamour. Simple and effective, evening hairstyles don’t come much better than this, trust us.
The look: Red carpet quiff
Inspired by: Scarlett Johansson
This directional ‘do proves that evening hairstyles for short hair don’t have to fall into the classic and conservative category. Just slick back your quiff like Scarlett Johansson for a sophisticated, party-ready look that boasts plenty of rock ’n’ roll attitude to last you all night.
Tip: To recreate Scarlett’s edgy quiff, use a strong-holding product, like the Toni&Guy Creative Stick It Up Gum (£7.49*) to help add height and drama.
The look: Sculpted updo
Inspired by: Teyonah Parris
Looking for super cool evening hairstyles for natural hair? Then prepare to be impressed by actress Tayonah Parris’ sculpted updo, which is part braid, part chignon. A great choice if you want to rock those natural textures and protect your fragile hair ends from environmental effects (and perhaps your partying, too), this head-turning updo is definitely a winner in our eyes.
The look: Half-up waves
Inspired by: Emma Stone
Stuck for evening hairstyles for mid-length hair? This old-world-meets-new-world hybrid is a youthful twist on classic Hollywood-style side-swept curls. Get the look by tucking half of your hair into a low bun or chignon, and leaving out cascading soft waves on the opposite side.
The look: Half-up dreadlocks
Inspired by: Zendaya
Actress Zendaya caused quite a stir when she decided to don faux dreadlocks to the Oscars. But here at the All Things Hair HQ, we think her half-updo is a brilliant example of how to style your locs after dark.
The look: Chignon
Inspired by: Julianne Moore and Gina Rodriguez
The best thing about a chignon is that you can wear it so many different ways. Don’t be intimidated by the name and the delicate nature of this classic updo, the truth is, they’re super easy to do. Don’t believe us? See our step-by-step tutorial on how to create the perfect chignon here!
Tip: To make your chignon look super sleek, apply some TIGI S-Factor Silky Smooth Moisture Serum (£16.45*) after styling.
The look: Retro-style side-swept waves
Inspired by: Chrissy Teigen
Chrissy Teigen’s bouncy, glossy side-swept curls just epitomises red carpet glamour. With its retro aesthetic, this tried-and-tested classic instantly brings to mind old Hollywood actresses and oozes subtle sophistication.
The look: Modern blow out
Inspired by: Gigi Hadid
Gigi Hadid surprised everyone by rocking a wonderfully modern blow out at this year’s MTV Movie Awards. Simple and sophisticated, it was the perfect choice to show off her subtle layers and a fierce new blunt fringe. To recreate Gigi’s look, check out our tips on how to blow dry hair at home for salon-perfect results now.
The look: Plaited parting
Inspired by: Cara Delevingne
This beautifully bohemian, braided evening hairstyle is a fashion-forward update on a simple side parting, and it works a treat for the upcoming summer festivals, too. Cara Delevingne did a brilliant rendition of this hairstyle at the MTV Movie Awards 2016, while Kate Bosworth’s look from last year’s Coachella music festival makes a strong contender for one of the finest we’ve seen.
The look: Bubble ponytail
Inspired by: Kendall Jenner
We love how model-of-the-moment Kendall Jenner has modernised the humble ponytail for the red carpet. Not only a great example of how to upgrade an everyday hairdo to camera-ready status, another bonus is that the bubble ponytail is super easy to do. Just goes to show that glamorous evening hairstyles don’t have to be complicated!
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