15 Hairstyles That Will Make You Look Like the Coolest Girl at the Party
It's party season all year round, but our calendars get especially full when the holidays roll around. You're hopping from one holiday or NYE party to the next, which means you'll likely run out of ideas on how to wear your hair to each one. Make your getting-ready process painless by doing something a little different than your norm. As devoted beauty enthusiasts, we firmly believe your hair is the winning aspect of your lewk.
To get your wheels turning, we scrolled through the Instagrams of celebrity stylists for head-turning hairstyles fit for every occasion. Whether you're getting ready for a fancy ball or a low-key house party with your friends, these party hairstyles fit the bill. Even better? You can skip the salon and re-create these easy styles in the comfort of your own home.
Leave it to Vernon François to come through with the curl inspo. Work a mini curling rod through each spiral to perfect definition. Then, jazz up your edges with finger waves.
It's one thing to slick down your chin-length bob, but it's another to adorn it with bobby pins. This simple touch makes your hair look so incredibly avant-garde. Add an extra bend to your front layers like celeb stylist Lacy Redway does here for extra flair.
How gorgeous does Lucy Hale look in this voluminous loose pony done by the one and only Kristin Ess? To amp up your texture even more, spritz a bit of this Oribe Dry Texturing Spray ($63) all over.
Make your beachy waves look party-ready with Jen Atkin's Chloe and Isabel Lucite Pin Set ($34). Create a deep side part and use these pearls to lock your hair in place.
Transform the look of a simple bun with gold embellishments. If you're really feeling creative like François, liven up your bun by adding a twist or cornrow with gold cuffs and wire throughout.
A little body never hurt. Redway gave Rowan Blanchard's bob more sass with soft, effortless waves. This no-fuss hairstyle will certainly last you all night on the dance floor.
You can most definitely wear half-up, half-down hairstyles as a grown lady at grown-up parties. Olivia Culpo is proof. Atkin created this playful style by adding lots of messy curls that just work so well.
Actress Zazie Beetz's curls look absolutely breathtaking pinned up with pearls. This free-flowing style will add dimension and shape to your spirals. Not to mention the curls add an element of elegance.
Feast your eyes on this massive volume worn by supermodel and Victoria's Secret Angel Taylor Hill, done by Harry Josh. This may be the most voluminous lob of all lobs, which screams party hair. The best thing about these waves is once they fall a bit at the party, your hair will still look good.
Celebrity stylist Chad Wood created the '90s tendrils of your dreams on Vanessa Hudgens. Something about this style looks so cool, chic, fashionable, and timeless. Accompany your tendrils with a topknot, which makes this hairstyle even more low-maintenance.
Another tried-and-true way to make your bob look the best at the party? Jen Atkin's Chloe and Isabel hair accessories of course. These look so holiday.
You can never go wrong by pulling out old tricks of the trade, like a head full of curls. Tessa Thompson's sky-high curls have so much texture. Simply take a wide-tooth comb and fluff them up from the root and use your fingers to pick apart each spiral to add volume like this.
Here's a life hack: Save your gift ribbons. Why? They look just as good in your hair—especially velvet ones. Wood chose a classic middle-part pony that he accentuated with a black velvet ribbon. How chic.
We must admit the main reason we chose another iconic half-up, half-down hairstyle created by Atkin are these crimps. We vote for bringing back crinkly hair in 2018 and beyond, to be worn at all parties. Are you with us?
We're so into this twist on a typical sleek style. Instead of slicking your hair down all the way, stop at the crown and add a slight bouffant just because. Wood mentioned he used John Frieda products to master this look, and we're imagining some of this Frizz Ease Extra Strength Hair Serum was used.