Want some party hairstyle inspiration for the party season? Then take a peek at our round-up of the hottest celebrity 'dos
Everyone loves a LBD for a party. It’s chic and always looks good. But, if you want to take it to the next level, a party hairstyle has the power to transform your look from simple to stupendous in a matter of minutes.
And they don’t have to be high-maintenance. A simple headband or side plait can make all the difference. Of course, if you have the skill to create a woven masterpiece, fancy decorative clips or a wedding hairstyle complete with lace veil then go for it. There are no rules.
Plus, a party hairstyle can completely change the vibe of what you?re wearing, so it basically doubles your wardrobe. Take Kate Bowsorth’s party hairstyle. The plaits have been wrapped from the nape of her neck to the top of her head in a style that’s defined by the sleek shine of her blonde locks. It adds a hard edge to an otherwise delicate neckline. But, if she had done something more whimsical, like a textured halo braid it would have given her dress an ethereal feel. Likewise, if she had chosen to complement her LBD with a sleek ponytail, her overall look would have come across as more elegant than rebellious.
Want to switch up your look but don?t know where to start? We get you. Knowing what kind of hairstyle will work with your outfit is hard enough without having to actually find the perfect ‘do, which is why we’ve done the hard work for you and rounded up the best party hairstyles around from the red carpet, Instagram and Pinterest (because when it comes to inspiration, you can never really have too much).
First up is Naomi Campbell, who’s sleek tresses are the ultimate long hair goals. Ah, to have the hair of a supermodel…
Click through to see our round up of the best party hairstyles for your next soiree. They’ll definitely put you in a party mood.
A new take on the halo braid comes courtesy of Kate Bosworth…
J-Law looks smoking with this white blonde lob set in a loose wave. Wear your wave in a low-side parting for something a bit different come party season.
Usually seen rocking a sleek blow-dried bob we love these tight curls on Fearne Cotton. To create this for your next summer party section hair and use a small barrelled tong all over.
Gigi Hadid pairs her strong dark lip with this sleek, slicked back hair look on the red carpet. If you’re going for a statement lip or dress this party season team it with this simple statement ‘do.
Try a modern twist on a classic pony like Blake Lively. Wrap a small section of your pony around you hair bobble and use kirby grips to keep it in place.
This modern interpretation of a bee-hive with just a little volume at the back is great for everything from a prom to a christening. Wear yours tousled like Sienna Miller for a laid-back party look.
Party hair doesn’t have to be complicated and Selena Gomez proves it with this classic blow-out.
Rachel McAdams channels a 90s rock chick with this party ‘do. Tong hair using a large barrel and then shake out for a sexy party look.
The bun is the ballet dancers best-friend for a reason – it lasts a full night of spinning and twirling around without frizz, without stress and without falling out. J-Lo rocks this high version of the classic bun for a carefree party hairstyle.
Kate Middleton looks every bit the leading lady in this chic plaited up-do. Ideal for a summer wedding celebration re-create this at home by plaiting hair from the temple down and securing at the nape of the neck.
Alexa Chung, the queen of hair, stops at a party hairstyle nothing short of chic. This simple style queen uses her side fringe to her advantage, to give her low bun and undone look.
Don’t have a lot of time to spare? Slick back your hair like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for a bombshell look that’s simple and chic.
Julia Roberts is our inspiration for the ultimate in vintage party glamour. Her classic wavy hair at the front is the perfect frame for her face.
Want something more complex? Try Emmy Rossum’s intertwined plaits and place them high on the top of your head for a glamorous party look that takes all the attention.
Never one to shy away from an outlandish hairstyle or outfit, this boho-chic plait is relatively low-key for Heidi, but the perfect way to add a relaxed party-feel to her hair.
For Kate Bosworth, the halo braid is her party saviour, sitting pretty around the front of her face to give her whole look an ethereal vibe.
Zooey Deschanel lands old school glamour with luxurious large curls and a girlie fringe. Keep in mind that if your hair has volume, your bangs need it too.
Simple and elegant. Sarah Hyland’s party hairstyle is understated, simple to achieve but looks glossy and sophisticated. Wear a long ponytail and wrap the lengths of the hair around your hair elastic to give it a polished look.
For your party hairstyle, try running some simple waves through your hair, like Jessica Alba. Her party look would be great with bare shoulders to show off the full effect of the lengths.
Cat Deeley’s simple ‘do looks elegant and relaxed with her long golden hair in a loose side plait with a sweeping fringe.
For a party hairstyle with feminine glamour, Marion Cottiliard has rolled the tips of her hair into tight ringlets for shine and added a girlie clip to top off the glamour.
Miroslava Duma’s party hairstyle adds a touch of vintage class to her short locks. Simply roll the ends in towards your neck.
Emma Watson is the epitome of chic with her hair swept up at the back of her head and a slick of red lipstick.
Channel Cat Deeley for a really glamorous bouncy curl look. Create a glorious ‘do with large barrel curlers or giant rollers for lots of body in the lengths.
Creating party hairstyles with shorter styles is sometimes harder. To get Julianna Hough’s short and curly style create flicks in the end using a reliable pair of tongs, always twisting the hair away from the face.
Georgia May Jagger has gone all-out party with a late 70s inspired ‘do. Her crimpers definitely had a work out to get this look.
Instead of a front of face braid, try subtle detail in the back of your hair, like Julianna Hough. She’s mastered the tuxedo braid – with a little help from her friends, no doubt.
Lily Collins nails party hair. With big volume in the back, her 60s style is one we’re definitely trying out this party season.
This masked beauty is perfectly framed by little twisted buns for a very cute style.
Carey Mulligan’s pretty face suits a whole host of hairstyles; from blonde and cropped, to long and brown. We love this centre-parted sweet and simple party style.
Try a halo braid for your party hairstyle. It provides a perfect frame to a naturally made-up face.
If you can get a bun as impressive as Jess Hart’s, definitely do it.
A party hairstyle for Katy Perry is always an experimental ‘do. The sweeping fringe makes sure this one isn’t too harsh on her face.
Zooey Deschanel takes her fringed style from everyday to party with the simple addition of a thin silver Alice band.
Jessica Chastain’s long red locks are our current hair obsession. This long wavy style, with the front sections twisted round and clipped into place at the back, is perfect for the looming bumper party season.
Like Twilight star Ashley Greene, this party season go for full-on sleek, and straighten your hair with a side parting and push it behind your ears for cocktail hour style.
A party hairstyle that suits an eye-skimming fringe, like Taylor Swift’s, is one where the rest of your locks are worn up in an elegant chignon.
If simple loose tresses is what you’re after, you can’t go wrong with Diane Kruger as your hair muse. Old school Hollywood waves and a side parting screams glamour and will ensure you turn heads this festive season.
Take your cue from Amanda Seyfried for a fuss-free approach to Christmas party season hair, by simply adding a bejewelled clip to your loose and wavy locks.
Always one to experiment with different hairstyles, Gwen Stefani’s most recent updo is one of our favourites. We love the backcombed volume of the front sections of hair and the tousled waves around the sides and back too, which all-in-all screams party glamour.
The Christmas party season is a great excuse to experiment with some hair accessories. Keira Knightley’s pretty star jewel clips are perfect for the festive months.
A firm fan of the easy updo, Diane Kruger’s slicked back top knot was is effortlessly chic and super-easy to recreate.
Kristen Stewart’s signature messy long locks are a great look to recreate this party season for those of us who don’t want to spend ages drying, curling and styling our hair. Let your tresses dry naturally to give them that loose wavy texture and channel the Twilight star’s grungy effortless style.
A world away from the wavy fiery red locks we’ve come to know her for, Lily’s loose top knot style is a sure-fire party winner.
Sleek and shiny from the front, with the back pinned up in a swirling low chignon, Emma Stone’s ‘do is the epitome of glossy and groomed party style.
Another easy-peasy look to recreate, Penelope Cruz’s high ponytail hairstyle at the 2012 BAFTAs is a bit more
relaxed than what we’ve come to expect from a red carpet look, but we
like it. Follow her lead for an effortless and fun ‘do.
Who knew a side parting and low ponytail could look so glam?! Rooney Mara’s sleek style is effortless styling at its best.
Add a rockabilly twist to your Christmas party look, à la Diane Kruger, with a 1950s-inspired roll and flicks.
Another easy to recreate ‘do if ever we saw one, Scarlett Johansson pins back her gentle curls with an antique-looking hairslide just behind her ear.
Another simple addition of a hair accessory, another party look to try. January Jone’s thick Alice band is practical as well as stylish, preventing flyaway strands from escaping, and helping to hold that sleek updo firmly in place.
Add a jolt of shimmer to your party hair look with the addition of a sparkling hairband, like Elizabeth Banks.
Add lots of serum to your long locks to make them look extra glossy and groomed, and style your hair behind your ear for a more evening take on straight locks.
Rooney Mara is the Queen of fringe and has fast been cementing her red-carpet style credentials thanks to her edgy hairdos. With her jet black locks, blunt fringe and slicked back bun, Miss Mara makes a striking style icon to inspire you this party season.
In a change to her signature loose wavy locks, Kristen Stewart went for a glamorous look at the world premiere of Snow White and the Huntsman. Messily tousled off her face with several strands artfully pulled loose, the ‘do was topped off with an unusual gold chain holding it all in place.
A bit more tricky to recreate, this up ‘do from Keira Knightley will be worth the effort though, as the results are stunning. Create loose spiralling waves in your hair with some tongs before taking small sections and pinning them up at the back. A pretty floral garland adds a beautiful finishing touch.
From plaits and buns to waves and curls, Jessica Alba is a true hair chameleon. This voluminous top knot and Alice band is one of our favourites and perfect for recreating at your Christmas soirees.
Emma Stone’s wavy style is the epitome of party chic. Simply tong your hair into soft waves and pin to the sides for a different spin on long and wavy locks.
Despite being a newcomer on the red carpet this season, Glee’s Dianna Agron has provided us with plenty of hair inspiration. This plaited up ‘do is adventurous, but we’re going to give it a go.