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
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.
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
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
8. Vintage-style messy bun
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.