38 stunning party hairstyles that’ll put you in the party mood

All Things Hair | 15 November 2017

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 ‘do, 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 hairstyles 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!

Your ultimate party hairstyles guide


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The voluminous blow dry that will get you noticed! Credit: Alex Barron Hough

1. Beautiful blowout

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 this party-perfect look in a tick.

Back view of a woman's hair with a smooth and sleek chignon
Elegant party hairstyles? Look to the smooth and sleek chignon!

2. Sleek and smooth updo

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 peers and fellow party-goers!

3. 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.

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Give the sweet Gibson tuck a whirl! Credit: Verity Jane Smith

4. The Gibson tuck

Hunting for truly charming party hairstyles 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!

VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray

Editor’s tip: To give this look a slightly undone feel, pull a few tendrils of hair free from the front to frame your face, and give your tuck a healthy spritz of the VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray for some extra staying power!

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Party hairstyles are uber fun with plenty of fluffy curls. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

5. Fluffy curls

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, unruly 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!

side view of a woman with brown hair braided into an updo bun
The braided bun is always a good choice!. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

6. The 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.

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!

front view of a woman with faux bangs, headband and fringe updo
Quick party hairstyles? We love this one, complete with a bandana wrap. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

7. The bandana wrap

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 are sure to change your mind.

back view of a woman's hair with a braid and a low bun
Throwback party hairstyles? Credit: Verity Jane Smith

8. Vintage-style messy bun

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.

TONI&GUY Perfect Tease Dry Shampoo

Top tips: To really nail this look, spritz some Toni&Guy Perfect Tease Dry Shampoo on to the crown, before using a fine-toothed comb to tease the hair on top of your head.

And there you have it: instant sky-high volume.

front facing image of a girl with 3 braids, a bun and long hair
Try out cornrows and a half-up bun for ultimate cool-girl vibe.

9. Cornrows and half-up bun

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!

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

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Party hairstyles with added glamour? Try out this look! Credit: indigitalimages.com

10. Glossy vintage curls

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!

back view of a woman's blonde hair with a low bun and snake braid
Fun party hairstyles? Try out a snazzy snake braid!

11. Snake braided bun

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!

To get this look, just follow our step-by-step snake braided bun tutorial! And be sure to have lots of bobby pins and hairspray handy!

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Try out barely-there waves. Credit: Dvora

12. Barely-there waves

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.

Psst! 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.

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We heart this sweet milkmaid braid!

13. Milkmaid braid

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

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

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Rock these space buns at your next girls night.

14. Space buns

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!

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Try out beachy waves, for a laid back party look! Credit: Indigitalimages.com

15. 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.

Create your soft curls with the VO5 Express Primer Spray and a large barrel curling iron, and, once you’re done, separate them with your fingertips.

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We’re digging this slightly messy side braid.

16. Tousled side 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 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.

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Rock long straight locks for perfect party hair. Credit: indigitalimages.com

17. Super straight and sleek

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.

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We love party hairstyles that ooze glamour! Credit: indigitalimages.com

18. Half-up ‘do with waves

Show off your long locks with a half-up, half-down ‘do for more formal events by creating soft, flowing curls through the lengths of your hair.

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Want party hairstyles with a sparkling twist – this is it! Credit: indigitalimages.com

19. Glitter roots

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.

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Go for a cute twisted crown for your next party! Credit: Dvora.

20. Twisted crown

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. (We’re looking at you, Lucy Hale!) And best of all, this Grecian-inspired, party-ready look will be sure to hold all night!

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Rock a faux Pompadour with glamour and ease. Credit: Dvora

21. Faux pompadour

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.

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We’re loving these boho-chic tousled waves. Credit: Dvora

22. Full fringe and textured locks

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.

23. Pineapple updo

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.

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Go for this sweet halo for party chic!

24. Halo braid

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!

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Go for stunning slicked back hair at your next party. Credit: indigitalimages.com

25. Slicked back

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.

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Pin back the sides for a pretty and easy party hairstyle. Credit: indigitalimages.com

26. 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.

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Retro finger waves are incredibly glam! Credit: indigitalimages.com

27. Retro finger waves

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.

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Rock some flowers in your tresses, for a pretty, festival ready do! Credit: Dvora

28. Flower garland

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!

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We’re loving this super stylish braided fringe! Credit: Dvora.

29. Braided fringe

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?

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For pretty party locks, that are also practical, try the low bun. Credit: Dvora

30. Twisted low bun

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! Just remember, when you’re securing your bun in place, don’t skimp on the bobby pins to ensure your look stays put all night long.

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Try loose boho hair, for a relaxed party look. Credit: Kristen Soileau.

31. Boho hair

Beautifully tousled boho 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.

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This side-swept ponytail with braids is a winning combo!

32. Side-swept high pony

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.

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This high pony is the ultimate glam party ‘do. Credit: Dvora

33. High pony

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

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

This is also a great hairstyle if you are looking for a ‘do that looks uber stylish but takes just seconds to create.

Front facing image of a woman with red hair in a bow hairstyle
How about a sweet bow for your next party?

34. Bow hair

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.

back view of a woman's blonde hair with an upside down braided bun
Try out the upside down braided bun! Credit: Dvora

35. Upside down braided bun

This upside down braided bun 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.

For a more detailed how-to, check out our upside down French braided bun. We promise it’s not as hard as it looks!

image of a woman with long blonde hair and a unicorn braid
This unicorn braid is edgy and party ready.

36. Unicorn braid

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

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Soft curls look sleek and glam. Credit: indigitalimages.com

37. Soft curls

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.

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Sport a modern minimalist parting, for cool-girl party chic. Credit: indigitalimages.com

38. Modernist middle parting

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.



So, which one of these party hairstyles is your favourite? Don’t forget to share your creations with us via Twitter using #beathairboredom.


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