Curly Hairstyles

1950s-Inspired New Year’s Eve Hairstyles with Zoe Newlove

zoe new year's eve hairstyles 1950s curls
30mins Style Medium
Curated By
Eunice Lucero

Ready for that midnight kiss? You betcha.

What better time to bring out your most fabulous, show-stopping look than during the ball drop? Plug into the fun with New Year’s Eve hairstyles that mimic the glitzy, optimistic vibe of the night—and, not to mention, set the all-important tone for the year ahead.

To get our glam on for this big-ticket event, we tapped the gorgeous Zoe Newlove, one of our expert YouTube hair vloggers, to help us recreate a look fit for that countdown kiss. She gives us her version of coiffed 1950s curls (given some modern-day sex appeal, natch) that, although part of our 100 Years of Holiday Hair series, is an all-occasion look that can definitely be worn again in years to come. Read on for an easy step-by-step tutorial for our take on luscious New Year’s Eve hairstyles: the curly side-parted lob. See y’all at midnight!

Tutorial: 1950s-Inspired Curly New Year’s Eve Hairstyles


Start with clean, freshly washed hair.

Zoe Newlove starts off with washing and conditioning her hair with a moisturizing system that helps repair damage but without the weigh-down, like Suave Professionals Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Shampoo and Suave Professionals Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Conditioner.


Apply some mousse.

To prime your hair for curl-styling, apply a golf ball-sized amount of mousse, like Nexxus New York Salon Care Mousse Plus Volumizing Foam, onto your hair.


Blow-dry and tie your hair.

Blow-dry your hair on a medium-heat setting until completely dry. Then tie hair into a half-updo or top knot.


Curl your hair.

Using a medium-sized barrel, curl hair vertically around a curling iron or wand, starting with your loose bottom sections.


Pin curls up.

After releasing each section of hair from the barrel, secure it down onto your scalp with a bobby pin. This pin-curling method sets the curl, allowing for a more defined ringlet.


Pin-curl all sections.

Repeat the process on your entire head of hair. Allow curls to set and cool for a few minutes.


Remove your pins.

After all your curls have cooled completely, carefully remove each pin-curl from your scalp.


Comb out your curls.

Using a fine-toothed comb, gently comb out your curls from top to bottom to separate each spiral. Zoe points out that you should now have soft “S-waves” instead of tight ringlets.


Brush 'n fluff.

Continue shaking your curls and gently brushing them out to soften your look.


Apply serum.

Apply a shine serum (Zoe uses TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Keratin Infusing Smoothing Serum) from mid-lengths to ends to give your curls a luxurious, light-catching sheen.


Add a festive touch.

A glitzy or metallic hair accessory, like a micropavé gold or silver barrette, is a fitting final touch to New Year’s Eve hairstyles. Clip it onto your minor parting.


Finish with hairspray.

Seal in your look (and prevent any wintertime frizzies and flyaways) with some hairspray. Zoe gives her sexy curls an allover misting with TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Hairspray.



Zhuzh it up, and you’re all set for that midnight smooch!

Now you’ve learned create a New Year’s Eve hairstyles for your holiday party! Give this look a go and be sure to show off your party hairstyle using the hashtag #100YEARSxHOLIDAYHAIR. Be sure to check out our next video for a 1960s beehive with Dulce Candy.

Eunice Lucero
Peace and hair grease, Eunice
07 December 2016