Stunning party hair ideas for short hair

Get party-ready with these gorgeous hairstyles.

It’s no secret that the All Things Hair team love a good party – but what we love even more is a fabulous party hairstyle! If you’re out of ideas on how to style your short hair for the party season, there’s no need to worry: we’ve rounded up 4 stunning party hair ideas that’ll see you through each and every soiree. So, if you want to be the belle of the ball, read on to discover some stunning new ‘dos that’ll ensure you turn heads, wherever you go.

Pretty party hair ideas for short hair


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Party hair ideas: Half-up, half-down French braids. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Half-up, half-down French braids

Thought braids were too difficult to achieve in short hair? Well, think again, because this half-up, half-down French braided hairstyle was practically made for short crops.

If you ask us, the best thing about this pretty party hairstyle is that it looks good from every angle: we’re talking front, back and sides. Better get practising on your plaiting skills, then! And don’t forget: a little bit of dry shampoo – try the TIGI Bed Head Oh Bee Hive! Dry Shampoo – will go a long way in giving those plaits grip and making sure they last all day!

Tip: Want to know how to French plait your own hair? We thought you might – which is why we’ve put together a step-by-step guide to help you. Don’t forget to check it out!

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Party hair ideas: Textured waves. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Textured waves

Waves are universally flattering: they suit every hair type and look great on most lengths. But textured waves, well, they look positively fabulous on short hair (especially if yours is very fine or thin!). Why? Because they add texture, body and volume, meaning you’ll never see a limp and lifeless hair day again (hooray!).

Tip: For envious texture, spray some VO5 Give Me Texture Dry Texturising Spray into your mane after curling to help enhance that natural-looking tousled effect.

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Party hair ideas: Curls and headbands.

Curls and headbands

What goes hand-in-hand with curls, we hear you ask? Oh, just the humble headband! This handy hair accessory will take your short hair from zero to hero in an instant – which is why this is one of our favourite party hair ideas on the list.

Slip it over your head after curling your hair, then fluff up your curls so that some of them fall nonchalantly over your headband.

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Party hair ideas: Slicked back hair.

Slicked-back hair

Nothing screams party hair like the wet look, slicked-back style that seems to be the number one celeb favourite at the moment (just see Khloe Kardashian for proof!). While this edgy ‘do first made its debut on the Fashion Week runways, we’ve recently seen it on the heads of A-list celebrities and bloggers everywhere, and it’s now become our go-to, glam hairstyle.

To get this look at home, get your VO5 Classic Styling Mega Hold Gel Spray at the ready, and check out our step-by-step tutorial here.

Still looking for more party hair ideas? We’ve got just the thing: a whole host of uber chic hairstyles for short hair are only a click away!

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