Nothing completes an ensemble quite like a fabulous, party hairstyle. To give you a head start this season, we have compiled the ultimate list of party hair ideas for all hair lengths and types. And although this year we may be limited on where we can go and who we can see, that shouldn’t stop you from looking and feeling fabulous this season!
Whether you like to wear your hair up, down, loose or half-up, we’re sure you’ll find an occasion-ready look you’ll love. So, scroll down to discover the best party hairstyles for 2021!
Fun and easy, this bubble braid is sure to impress.
Adding a few pearls to your fave bun will instantly make it Zoom-ready.
Simple Half-up Hairstyle
You can’t talk about party hairstyles without mentioning this simple half-up hairstyle. It’s the perfect in-between hairstyle and allows you to have the best of both worlds.
Editor’s tip: For added volume, spray some of the Love Beauty And Planet Volume & Bounty Dry Shampoo into your roots.
Party Hairstyle for Long Hair
Textured Wavy Lob
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Hair Slide and Waves
Give any wavy hair look a boost with the help of a cute hair slide accessory.
Make a statement at your next party with this Minnie Mouse-approved bow headband.
Party Hairstyle for Short Hair
Deep Side Part
For a sexy look, take note from Adriana Lima and fashion your hair into a deep side part. Don’t forget to use some hair gel to achieve this wet hair look!
Headband Braid Updo
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Romantic Half-Up Curls
Beachy Waves with Bobby Pins
Editor’s tip: To get effortless 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.
Here’s an eye-catching spin on the classic upside-down bun. What makes this hairstyle so cool is the bubble effect at the back!
In search of a truly gorgeous look for a wedding or a special celebration? Stand out from the crowd with a sleek and elegant chignon that exudes sophistication.
Metallic Foil Bun
If there’s ever a time to glitzy, it’s for Christmas parties and festivals! So, you really can’t go wrong with pairing some metallic hair foil with your fave updo.
Loose Side Plait
Plaited hair is the go-to look for any occasion!
Easy Air-Dried Waves
Don’t have time for heat? You can get these lovely air-dried waves in a cinch with our easy tutorial, now.
Relaxed Low Bun
How can we not talk about Gigi Hadid’s mermaid waves?
Another headband hairstyle you can’t go wrong with.
Headband Braid with Waves
This neat cornrow style will give a high fashion edge to any party outfit.
Side Braid for Short Hair
While a sweet side braid also works on long hair, we love it just as much on short hair.
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.
Editor’s tip: For bountiful volume, reach for TIGI Bed Head Oh Bee Hive! Dry Shampoo.
Get a sky-high finish by flipping hair upside down and spraying it through your hair. Then flip your hair back and work in sections, spraying your hair from root to tip.
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.
Short Curly Party Hair
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.
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!
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!
Cute Braided Updo
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.
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!
Glossy Vintage Curls
These glossy, vintage-style waves are undoubtedly one of the most sophisticated evening hairstyles on offer.
This cool snake braided bun may look complicated, but it’s just a series of simple three-strand plaits, all rolled up into one chic bun!
Sweet Space Buns
Sexy Tousled Waves
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.
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.
Side Fishtail Braid
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 feels both contemporary and feminine.
The milkmaid braid makes a great party hairstyle since it keeps your hair off your face and neck while exuding endless feminine elegance.
Straight Party Hair
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.
Half-Up Hair With Waves
Show off your long locks with a half-up, half-down ‘do, adding soft, flowing curls through the lengths of your hair.
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.
Editor’s tip: For a rave-ready finish, we suggest adding a sprinkling of VO5 Wicked Violet Hair Glitter to your roots.
Twisted Crown Braid
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!
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.
Textured Medium Hair
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.
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.
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!
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.
Pinned Back Sides
As easy as it is charming, this half-up ‘do with soft waves look effortlessly party-ready – and equal parts practical and pretty.
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 try. Pair with glitzy drop earrings, a smoky eye and an oxblood lipstick for a sexy, ‘20s-inspired, party-ready look.
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!
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?
Twisted Low Bun
Uber chic and quietly glamorous, a low bun never fails to impress. 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!
Beautifully tousled loose waves are always a fail-safe option when it comes to nailing the ultimate laid-back party hairstyle! 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.
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.
High Ponytail with Scrunchie
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.
Glam High Ponytail
Having appeared on many high fashion runways around the world, a super-slick high ponytail is a perfect way to make a statement this season.
For a 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.
Upside Down Braided Bun
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.
This mohawk braided hairstyle (AKA the unicorn braid) is guaranteed to keep you looking and feeling super cool at any party you attend.
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.
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 the evening.