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In a perfect world, we’d all have a personal glam squad at our beck and call, ready to manifest the craziest looks and give us all sorts of party hairstyles for long hair all under an hour. Zooming out of that utopia and back into our lives and our jam-packed schedules, and we can painfully see that that is not the case. Beauty-wise, we all sometimes need to be that multi-tasking glamazon that knows how to get everything right, and more importantly, get everything right the first time.
Not having a separate hair or makeup person makes us real-life women all-star stylists in our own right.
We’re always on the lookout for workable trends, and dutifully master these to have them fit perfectly within our lifestyles and tastes—not an easy feat! And for times we just want to let our hair down and hang loose, who’s to say we don’t deserve to look low-key gorgeous too?
In the spirit of beauty sisterhood, we’ve rounded up some of the easiest and trendiest fancy hairstyles that make getting dolled up just a tad more special for the times we deserve it—which is to say, all the time. Read on:
Easy Party Hairstyles for Long Hair
1. Bouffant with headband
A cheeky nod to the Swinging ’60s but with a modern take, the bouffant is easily recreated by creating lots of volume via a blowdryer and mousse. We like the bodifying formula of Dove Style+Care Volume Amplifier Mousse. Curl your bottom-most layers upwards for a flirty flip, and create lift at the crown by blowing hair in an upwards-then-backwards direction, away from your head. Accentuate with a mod-like headband (go thinner for more formal occasions) exactly at the crown, where your bump begins to swell. Long hair option: Pin it underneath!
2. Bumpy half-pony
A fauxhawk-like half-pony is like an instant facelift. One of today’s hottest hairstyle throwbacks, it’s hallmarked by smooth, shiny lengths (that curl once just towards the ends—or not at all, if you want a sleeker take), and a half-updo section that’s slightly teased at the crown. Think pop princess diva: The hairline must be immaculately combed back, but not deflated.
3. Waterfall braid waves
Not your tween sister’s complex braid, we promise you—this take features a romantic waterfall braid that starts at your part line and goes across your crown. If you’re feeling brazen about your #BraidGame, continue the plait till the ends of your hair and secure with a transparent hair elastic. Give the rest of your hair a 10-second twirl on the curling iron just to tie the overall boho vibe together, or gather all your ends into an elastic for a runway take. Spritz with some flexible-hold hairspray like Nexxus New York Salon Care Comb Thru Finishing Mist for touchable control.
4. Tiny side twists
File this one under Hairstyles to Salvage IDGAF Mornings, this literally takes less than a minute to complete. On straight hair—limp, had-a-full-day-at-work strands are best, no joke—create a middle part and brush hair smooth. Pull out one tiny section of hair near each temple and twist away from your face towards the middle of the back of your head, and secure each with a bobby pin or itty-bitty elastic. Finito.
5. Side-swept glamour curls
Take advantage of that precious half-hour window you have after work and right before a dinner date with Hollywood-inspired curls, one of the most glamorous party hairstyles for long hair you can do in under an hour. Spritz hair with a thermal protectant such as TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray to moisten and shield strands from direct heat, and proceed to blowdry all the day’s kinks out with a round brush. Create a side part and proceed to curl the lengths around a large-barreled iron, making sure to align the bends.
6. Braided knot
Make sure they know who the real queen of the party is! Gather hair into an immaculate, smooth ponytail with no partlines as if you’re doing a regular bun. Secure with an elastic near your scalp, and proceed to plait the ponytail in a two-section twist, or a braid kind of your choice. Once you reach the end of the ponytail, secure it with another elastic and coil the entire ponytail around itself on your crown. Hide any seams with bobby pins.
7. Low ponytail
Hair needs to be blowdried, Type A-style, for these sorts of party hairstyles for long hair. Sleek, shiny, flat-ironed strands with a deep side part will look the most fabulous, but we love a mini-bouffant or no partings too. Gather hair into a low ponytail at your nape (leave one lock free to loop around and hide your elastic or use a metallic accessory for more formal events) and use the end of a rat-tail comb to pick at the top area near your crown, effectively creating some lift.
Which of these party hairstyles for long hair will you do for your next soiree?