Top party hairstyles for medium hair this festive season

7 party hairstyles for medium hair, 7 different occasions!   

Trying to sniff out the best party hairstyles for medium hair? With the festive season gearing up, now’s the perfect time to find your ideal ‘do – whether you’ll be wearing it at a casual get together with pals or a black tie event!

So if you have spent endless hours wondering how to style your tresses for an upcoming party, fear not, as we at All Things Hair HQ have hand-picked 7 of the best party hairstyles for medium-length hair to suit any party occasion.

Party hairstyles for medium hair: Brown hair in low ponytail bun with a black bow in backstage image at Rochas FW17 runway show.
It’s all in the finishing touches. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Dinner party: Ponytail tuck

If your plans this party season are based more on food than drinking and dancing (join the club), why not style your medium length tresses into a low-key but oh so chic ponytail tuck?

Simply style your tresses in a low ponytail at the nape of your neck and loop the tail of your hair under, wrapping the lengths of your strands around the base of your ponytail. Then just secure with bobby pins. Easy-peasy!

Party hair tip: Add a hair accessory (like this on-trend ribbon bow or festive hair clip) for extra party points.

Party hairstyles for medium hair: Bella Hadid dark brown hair space buns half-up, half-down hairstyle on runway with a electric blue fringe jacket over pattern top.
Because who doesn’t love space buns. Credit: indigitalimages.com

All night raver: Space buns

Planning on raving it up this party season? Then this fun and flirty half-up ‘do is the hairstyle for you.

We all know space buns have been one of the hottest looks to be wearing this year, with the likes of Khloe Kardashian and Ariana Grande rocking the ‘90s style. From summer festivals through to club nights, a pair of space will have you kicking it up in style.

Party hair tip: Add texture to your tresses using the VO5 Texturising Sea Salt SprayNot only will this add full-on texture and enhance natural waves, but it’s light hold will ensure your style stays in place for longer!

Party hairstyles for medium hair: Woman with straight blonde hair in low chic bun updo wearing a black top.
Opt for this chic party hairstyle for a winter wedding. Credit: Simon Bell

Winter wedding: Chic bun

Heading to a winter wedding this year? Whether it be a snow-covered church wedding or a winter themed lodge in the woods, be the best-tressed guest with this neat bun updo.

There is something seriously chic about a smooth low twisted bun that can be worn on its own or jazzed up with some dazzling hair accessories.

Pair this simple and classic bun updo with some simple earrings and flawless makeup.

Party hairstyles for medium hair: Joan Smalls with brown medium length straight and sleek hair wearing a strapless navy blue dress and sequin choker.
For a more refined look you can’t go wrong with this sleek ‘do. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

VIP treatment: Straight and sleek

Are you going what we like to call ‘out, out’ this party season? If you’ve got VIP entry to the hottest members-only club, then you will need a classy hairstyle for such an event – which is where this straight and sleek style comes in.

Not only is this hairstyle polished to perfection, but it looks far more high maintenance than it really is. The key to this look? Achieving smooth, frizz-free strands, without the hair falling flat and lifeless – see our step-by-step guide to salon smooth tresses in our hair tutorial, now.

Party hair tip: Stash the VO5 Flyaway Touch-Up Wand in your clutch bag for emergency touch-ups throughout the night. Like a magic mascara wand for your hair, it smooths down static or flyaway hairs for a flawless finish.

Party hairstyles for medium hair: side Brunette model with hair in mini bouffant and purple ribbon headband wearing a white top against a purple backdrop.
Retro lover? Give this mini bouffant style a whirl. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

Office party: Mini bouffant

Office parties tend to be the one time of the year where you and your colleagues get to let your hair down and let loose (all expenses paid, thank you), so you’ll need a hairstyle that can take you straight from the office to the bar.

Mini bouffant hairstyles are super quick and easy to create using only the bare minimum of styling tools. So unplug those straighteners and curling irons, as you can look just as fab by gently backcombing your tresses at the roots and securing the lengths of your hair into a low bun at the nape of your neck!

Party hair tip: Add extra va-va-voom to your style with a volume-boosting hairspray. We love the TIGI Bed Head Full Of It Volume Finishing Hairspray for giving our tresses the added body it needs. Oh, and don’t forget to spruce up your party hairstyle by adding a ribbon headband.

Party hairstyles for medium hair: Model with medium length blonde hair and hollywood waves wearing a mink toned top and bold red lipstick.
Up the glam factor with Hollywood waves. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Black tie: Hollywood waves

Are you heading to a black-tie event this year? If so, it’s time to pull out all the stops with showstopping, perfectly Instagrammable Hollywood waves.

From charity galas to red carpet events, undulating Hollywood waves make for the most glamorous style and are far easier to achieve then they may at first seem.

Party hair tip: Wear your tumbling waves in a side parting for added Hollywood glamour and don’t forget to seal in your style with a hairspray. After all, you don’t want all your hard work falling flat!

Party hairstyles for medium hair: Blonde model with medium length blonde hair in high ponytail.
Channel Bella Hadid vibes with this fun ponytail updo. Credit: Simon Bell

Winter wonderland: A-list ponytail

If your idea of a party is exploring your local Christmas market, hitting the funfair rides and friends huddling together over a hot drink, you’ll need an A-list loved hairstyle to match.

Channel model of the moment Bella Hadid with this extra high ponytail complete with loose waves. If Bella can wear this look to a red carpet, you can wear this to your fave festive party.

Psst: Worried you’ll catch a chill? Stay cosy by finishing your updo with a pair of winter warming ear muffs.