38 Stunning Party Hairstyles You Can DIY

All Things Hair | 01 November 2018

Need party hair ideas? Be the life of the party with these gorgeous hairstyles. 

If you ask us, nothing completes a party ensemble like a fabulous, going-out hairstyle! Because no amount of makeup or jewellery can compare to the feeling of having an amazing party hairstyle, that you know is styled to perfection.

So, to give you a head start this season, the All Things Hair team have decided to compile the ultimate list of pretty party hair ideas just for you.

From jazzy braided buns to sultry fluffed-out curls, there’s sure to be a look that ticks all of your hair boxes. So, what are you waiting for? Scroll down or click through our gallery to discover your next party look, now!

1. Beautiful blowout

Party hairstyles: Woman with brown highlighted long hair in bouncy waves wearing party sequin dress.
The voluminous blow dry that will get you noticed! Credit: Alex Barron Hough

There’s nothing like naturally voluminous locks to get you noticed during party season. Team big hair with big bouncy curls and you’ve got an instantly glamorous look, that will complete any outfit.

Psst! Watch this video tutorial (above) to learn how to nail this party-perfect look in a tick.

TONI&GUY Body Amplify Creation Hairspray

Editor’s tip: For bountiful volume, reach for TONI&GUY Body Amplify Creation Hairspray.

Get a sky-high finish by flipping hair upside down and spraying hairspray through your hair. Then flip your hair back and work in sections, spraying your hair from root to tip.

2. Sleek and smooth updo

Party hairstyles: Woman with light golden brown straight hair in chignon updo bun tuck.
Want elegant party hairstyles? Look to the smooth and sleek chignon.

In search of a truly gorgeous look for a wedding or a special celebration? Stand out from the crowd with a sleek and elegant updo that exudes sophistication, understated glamour and timeless beauty.

This chignon bun works wonderfully for every hair type and texture, from thick and curly locks to fine, straight hair.

Did we mention it’s easy to change your low ponytail into a chignon? We’ve teamed up with beauty vlogger N1kk1sSecr3t to show you how to create not one, but two hairstyles for a party that’ll be sure to wow all your fellow party-goers!

3. Barely-there waves

Party hairstyles: Woman with light brown wavy medium length hair wearing a black off the shoulder top standing in the sun.
Try out barely there waves. Credit: Dvora

Need hair for a party that’s pretty, playful and effortlessly feminine? This easy-to-achieve style has to be one of our all-time favourites.

Next read: Master this look in a flash with the help of our easy ‘how to curl your hair with a straightener’ tutorial. You can thank us later!

4. Cute and curly

Got short, natural hair? Then you’re in luck. Because we’ve partnered up with natural hair beauty Breanna (AKA Mini Marley) to create a tutorial to get your ‘fro party-ready.

5. The Gibson tuck

Party hairstyles: Woman with dark brown hair in gibson tuck updo wearing a yellow frill dress.
Give the sweet Gibson tuck a whirl! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Hunting for a truly charming party hairstyle that looks just as good from the front as it does from the back? Then the ultra-feminine Gibson tuck is the ‘do for you.

It’s perfect for those of you who love elegant updos, and this easy twisted tuck just oozes vintage glamour. Trust us, it’s guaranteed to stay put all night, no matter how much you dance!

6. Fluffy curls

Party hairstyles: Woman with ginger fluffy curly medium length hair with bangs wearing a black wrap top and choker.
Party hairstyles are uber fun with plenty of fluffy curls. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Girls with curls can rejoice because this sultry hairstyle is ideal for you! Having been sported on runways around the world, there’s no better time than now to harness the power of your naturally wavy or curly locks.

And while frizzy curls aren’t particularly party-appropriate, fluffed out, soft ones most definitely are. So, ladies, you know what you have to do: dig out your diffuser attachment and stock up on curly hair and anti-frizz products, because it’s about to get serious!

7. Cornrows and half-up bun

Party hairstyles: Woman with medium length dark brown hair with curly ends and cornrow braids down the centre styled in a half-up, half-down bun wearing a multi-coloured top.
Try out cornrows and a half-up bun for ultimate cool-girl vibe.

This half-up bun with cornrows takes hairstyles for a party to a whole new level! What’s more, it’s a clever way to hide oily roots and make use of second-day hair, too!

Next read: Don’t know how to create cornrows? Read our cornrows guide to find out everything you need to know.

8. The braided updo

Party hairstyles: Woman with dark brown hair styled ina braided bun wearing a black lace top.
The braided bun is always a good choice!. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

As lovely as updos are when it comes to party hairstyles, they sometimes need a little extra pizzazz. But don’t worry, we’ve got just the thing: some delicate, dainty braids.

When styled separately, both braids and updos are 2 of the most popular looks on the style scene – so you can imagine, that when brought together, they make for an unstoppable duo!

9. Vintage-style messy bun

Party hairstyles: Woman with dark blonde straight hair in low bun updo with blue and yellow headband scarf wearing a white top.
Throw it back with a vintage-inspired ‘do. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

A baby beehive teamed with an effortlessly messy bun and a bold headband? Well, we couldn’t have come up with better a party hairstyle if we tried.

Love Beauty And Planet Volume & Bounty Dry Shampoo

Editor’s tip: To really nail this look, spritz some Love Beauty And Planet Volume & Bounty Dry Shampoo on to the crown. For an added volume boost use a fine-toothed comb to tease the hair on top of your head.

10. The bandana wrap

Party hairstyles: Woman with dark brown straight hair styled in a high updo with side fringe wrapped with a blue and white headscarf wearing a cold shoulder knitted top.
Quick party hairstyles? We love this bandana wrapped updo. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Looking for quick party hairstyles? If you’re less than a styling master and can only manage to create a simple bun, don’t fret: because there is an easy way to jazz up your look this party season. All you have to do is accessorise your mane with a luxurious, printed scarf or bandana!

Drawing inspiration from vintage styles, this hair accessory is sure to take your ‘do to the next level in an instant! Don’t believe us? Well, with a quick internet search, you’ll find an endless selection of brightly coloured and printed bandanas, that is sure to change your mind.

11. Glossy vintage curls

Party hairstyles: Woman with medium length vintage curly blonde hair wearing a soft pink top and bold red lipstick.
Hairstyles with added glamour? Try out this look! Credit: indigitalimages.com

These glossy, vintage-style waves are undoubtedly one of the most sophisticated evening hairstyles on offer.

If you’ve got a more formal event to attend, or you simply want to ooze glamour, then this is the look for you!

12. Snake braided bun

Party hairstyles: Woman with bleach blonde hair styled in a snake braid bun updo wearing a red top.
Fun party hairstyles? Try out a snazzy snake braid!

This cool snake braided bun may look complicated, but it’s actually just a series of simple three-strand plaits, all rolled up into one chic bun!

Next read: Learn how to get this snake braid bun in 7 easy steps. 

13. Space buns

Party hairstyles: Woman with brown straight hair styled in high space buns updo wearing dungarees.
Rock these space buns at your next girls night.

Space buns are one of our favourite ’90s hair trends that has resurfaced this year. Not only are they easy to do, but you can also jazz them up for a special occasion just by adding plaits! Head over to our video tutorial to see how!

14. Tousled waves

Party hairstyles: Woman with long dark blonde tousled wavy hair.
Try out beachy waves, for a laid-back party look! Credit: Indigitalimages.com

Need party hairstyles that will vamp up your hair for a night out? Then these softly tousled waves look relaxed and contemporary and are just perfect for a fuss-free evening.

TONI&GUY Heat Protection Mist

Editor’s tip: Create your soft curls with the TONI&GUY Heat Protection Mist and a large barrel curling iron, and, once you’re done, separate them with your fingertips.

15. Tousled side braid

Party hairstyles: Woman with straight light blonde hair in side braid wearing a light blue leather jacket.
We’re loving this slightly messy side braid for a party look.

Braids look gorgeous in every form, and this slightly messy, tousled take on the trend is a gorgeous choice if you’re looking for pretty party hairstyles for long hair, that feel both contemporary and feminine.

Feel free to try out different types of braids in order to achieve the style you want; a fishtail plait brings a great contemporary touch, while a classic French braid denotes a softer, more romantic vibe for instance.

16. Milkmaid braid

Party hairstyles: Woman with dark brown straight hair in milkmaid braided updo with black vest.
Earn style points by wearing this braided updo at your next party.

The milkmaid braid makes a great party hairstyle since it keeps your hair off your face and neck while exuding endless feminine elegance.

Next read: Love this hairstyle then we’re sure you’ll also love the beautiful halo braid, too.

17. Super straight and sleek

Party hairstyles: Model with long straight dark blonde hair wearing a yellow jumper.
Rock long straight locks for perfect party hair. Credit: indigitalimages.com

If you’re blessed with long and healthy-looking hair, a sleek and straight style can look incredibly stunning, not to mention it’s one of the simplest party hairstyles for long hair you can wear!

Keep the look soft with a sweet side parting or go dramatic with a deep centre part – Kim Kardashian-West style.

18. Half-up ‘do with waves

Party hairstyles: Woman with long wavy brown hair in half-up, half-down style with accent braids wearing a white dress.
We love party hairstyles that ooze glamour! Credit: indigitalimages.com

Show off your long locks with a half-up, half-down ‘do, adding soft, flowing curls through the lengths of your hair.

19. Glitter roots

Party hairstyles: Woman with shoulder length bleach blonde hair with glitter roots on catwalk runway.
Want party hairstyles with a sparkling twist – this is it! Credit: indigitalimages.com

No need to use shiny hair accessories to dazzle at your next party. Simply add a touch of glitter to your roots for a beautiful effect.

VO5 Wicked Violet Hair Glitter

Editor’s tip: For a rave-ready finish, we suggest adding a sprinkling of VO5 Wicked Violet Hair Glitter to your roots.

20. Twisted crown

Party hairstyles: Woman with brown natural hair in twisted crown updo.
Go for a cute twisted crown for your next party! Credit: Dvora.

If you prefer not to spend too much time styling your hair, but still want to exude cool-girl vibes at your next party, try this simple, fashion-forward braided ‘do. And best of all, this Grecian-inspired, party-ready look will be sure to hold all night!

21. Faux pompadour

Party hairstyles: Woman with natural hair in faux pompadour updo wearing a winter scarf and jacket.
Rock a faux Pompadour with glamour and ease. Credit: Dvora

We love this edgy and bold party style for natural hair. You can even tie the rest of your hair into a bun to finish off the look and make it protective too.

22. Full fringe and textured locks

Party hairstyles: Woman with shoulder length shaggy wavy hair and full bangs.
We’re loving these boho-chic tousled waves. Credit: Dvora

Textured locks are one of the best party hairstyles as the look is carefree with just enough glamour. Add in a full sultry fringe and you’ve got yourself a mesmerising ‘do that will get you noticed.

TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray

Editor’s tip: For effortlessly tousled texture, use a sea salt spray like the TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray. Spray evenly over damp or dry hair to create a rough texture.

23. Pineapple updo

Party hairstyles: Woman with naturally curly hair in pineapple updo wrapped with a headscarf wearing large dark sunglasses.
Pile your curls high for the juiciest hairstyle of all. Credit: Dvora

If you’ve got bountiful curls or cute coils, take inspiration from Rhianna or Lupita Nyong’o and put your hair up into a pineapple updo. Try wrapping a ribbon around the base to add a touch of glamour to your look.

Next read: Why the pineapple method is the hair hack every curly-haired queen loves!

24. Halo braid

Party hairstyles: Woman with blonde long hair in halo braid updo wearing a black vest.
Go for this sweet halo for party chic hair!

To avoid those all too familiar sweaty party hair moments, the halo braid is the perfect way to wear your hair up without having to compromise on your sassy soiree style!

And with hair accessories rapidly rising in popularity, now’s the time to experiment with a variety of playful options, such as delicate daisy chains and starry clips that can be intertwined in the braid itself. They’ll make your look a little more unique while scoring you masses of style points at the same time!

25. Slicked back

Party hairstyles: Woman with blonde short hair styled in a wet look slicked back style wearing a white lace dress.
Go for stunning slicked back hair at your next party. Credit: indigitalimages.com

This high fashion-inspired, slicked-back ‘do is one of our favourite party hairstyles if you’ve got shorter locks. Give your mane an impressive and glamorous edge with this wet-look hairstyle. Pair with embellished drop earrings and a smoky eye for maximum effect and to enhance your facial features.

Next read: 7 steps to celeb-worthy wet look strands.

26. Pinned sides

Party hairstyles: Woman with shoulder length brown hair with soft waves pinned back at the top.
Pinback the sides for a pretty and easy party hairstyle. Credit: indigitalimages.com

As easy as it is charming, this half-up ‘do with soft waves look effortlessly party-ready – and equal parts practical and pretty.

27. Retro finger waves

Party hairstyles: Woman with brown bob length hair with soft curls.
Retro finger waves are incredibly glam! Credit: indigitalimages.com

If you have very short hair (or even a pixie), this sophisticated, elegant and sleek side-parted hairstyle with finger waves is something you should really try. Pair with glitzy drop earrings, a smoky eye and an oxblood lipstick for a sexy, ‘20s-inspired, party-ready look.

VO5 Wave Creation Hairspray

Editor’s tip: After all your hard work creating this classic hairstyle, it’s important to lock in your style with a holding spray. We love the VO5 Wave Creation Hairspray for sealing in and building wavy styles.

28. Flower garland

Party hairstyles: Woman with brown straight hair with sunflower garland wearing reflective sunglasses.
Rock some flowers in your tresses, for a pretty, festival-ready do! Credit: Dvora

When it comes to party hairstyles for short hair, adding a chic statement accessory is an easy way to jazz up your tresses. Whether it’s with a flower garland or a pearly headband, it won’t fail to impress!

29. Braided fringe

Party hairstyles: Woman with straight brown hair styled with a headband braid wearing a light pink top.
We’re loving this super stylish braided fringe! Credit: Dvora.

Whether you’re getting ready for a summer party or just want a break from your bangs, why not go for a bohemian look with a practical yet stylish braided fringe?

30. Twisted low bun

Party hairstyles: Woman with straight brown hair styled in a twisted low bun standing against a yellow wall.
For pretty party locks, that are also practical, try the low bun. Credit: Dvora

Uber chic and quietly glamorous, a low bun never fails to look effortlessly stylish, whatever the season. And although the top knot bun remains a staple, we’re pleased to report that the low bun is also having its very own fashion moment. We especially love this fun, twisted version of the classic!

31. Boho hair

Party hairstyles: Woman with brown medium length highlighted wavy hair wearing a black summer top and reflective sunglasses.
Try loose boho hair, for a relaxed party look. Credit: Kristen Soileau

Beautifully tousled loose waves are always a fail-safe option when it comes to nailing the ultimate laid-back party hairstyle! In fact, you could say they’ve become a night out essential! Universally appealing, waves can be worn with a variety of different hair lengths, adding a carefree, ultra glamorous touch to any party ensemble.

32. Side-swept high pony

Party hairstyles: Woman with golden blonde box braids styled in a side high ponytail wearing a white top.
This side-swept ponytail with braids is a winning combo!

A side swept pony lends itself to a whole host of different party occasions. Simple, yet high impact, it has to be one of the easiest of the quick party hairstyles on our list. The beauty of this hairstyle is that it’s super low-maintenance.

33. High pony

Party hairstyles: Women with long blonde wavy hair in high ponytail scrunchie updo wearing a black turtleneck and black blazer.
The high pony is the ultimate glam party ‘do. Credit: Dvora

Sleek, chic and always a firm fashion favourite, it’s no wonder the high ponytail is one of the most popular easy party hair ideas.

Having appeared on many high fashion runways around the world, a super slick high ponytail is the perfect way to make a statement this season.

34. Bow hair

Party hairstyles: Woman with ginger straight hair styled in a bow bun updo wearing a leather jacket.
How about a sweet bow for your next party?

For a totally adorable party ‘do, why not try your hand at this sweet bow hair look. It’s a lot easier to master than you might expect and we think you’ll agree that the striking results are well worth it.

35. Upside down braided bun

Party hairstyles: Back view of woman with blonde highlight hair in upside down braided bun wearing a red top.
Try out the upside down braided bun! Credit: Dvora

This upside down braided updo is a great way to dress up a simple bun for all your parties – not to mention it gives a little something extra to your standard braided updo.

Next read: Master the upside-down French braided bun with our tutorial.

36. Unicorn braid

Party hairstyles: Woman with bleach blonde straight hair with dark roots with unicorn cornrow braid wearing a black and white pattern top.
This unicorn braid is edgy and party ready.

This mohawk braided hairstyle (AKA the unicorn braid) is guaranteed to keep you looking and feeling super cool at any party you attend.

37. Soft curls

Party hairstyles: Woman with vintage style curls on medium brown shoulder length hair on catwalk.
Soft curls look sleek and glam. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Soft curls are perfect for adding a dose of glam to your party hairstyles. They’re also perfect for medium to long hair, as there’s enough length there to make an impact, but not too much as to appear too heavy or full-on.

38. Modernist middle parting

Party hairstyles: Woman in runway with straight dark brown shoulder length hair with bold berry lips.
Sport a modern minimalist parting, for cool-girl party chic. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Spotted on many a designer runway, it seems poker-straight hair is slowly making a comeback as one of the hottest – and most understatedly chic – styles.

Don’t forget to continue the minimalist theme and team with a classic middle parting, and perhaps add a bold red lip to amp up the look for evening.