It’s that time. After months of gradual invitations creeping back in, party season has hit like a whirlwind of glitter—Christmas parties with colleagues you’ve only really seen on Zoom for the past 18 months, pub meet-ups with friends and, of course, New Year’s Eve. The month of tinsel and Mariah Carey is back, and that means it’s time to team your outfits with the best party hairstyles to match. “Whatever type, texture or length of your hair, the party season is the perfect opportunity to try something different,” says Martin Crean owner of Mode Hair. Whether you have long straight hair, the statement shag cut or a short hairstyle, the party season is the time to amplify your everyday look.
“If you usually wear your hair straight, reach for the tongs and salt spray and try some soft waves. And if you are naturally curly, try a voluminous, bouncy blow-dry for a special occasion. Avoid poker-straight hair—the contrast will be too great—but adding some bounce through the ends will look natural and playful,” suggests Crean.
It’s not always about the style itself, either. Some of the most on-trend party hairstyles this season will be pared-back looks enhanced with statement hair accessories. “There are so many simple styles that can be dressed up,” says Karen Perry, co-owner of Room 97 Creative. “This is a big year for hair accessories, and the blingier, the better. A cluster of sparkly hair grips add an eye-catching addition to mid-length and long hair, or add some small diamantés on your parting. One statement piece looks great on short, textured hair.”
There’s one that’s a no-no for party hairstyles this year, and that is perfection. “Undone glamour is very 2022 and looks soft and feminine; a tight bun or hard hairline can look too severe,” says Perry. “Add some softness to long hair with dishevelled braids. Try a fishtail braid or messy bun at the nape for an effortless look.” When it comes to products to hold your look, if you find that styles like waves and curls drop easily, Crean has the following advice: “Prep is essential for this style to stop the hair dropping out. Using a prep spray such as KMS HairStay Anti-Humidity Spray will prevent hair from frizzing in hot pubs and clubs and keep the hair looking gorgeous all night long.”
A Bantu knot-out is the best way to get these perfect curls on textured hair.
Second-day hair is the perfect texture for this fuss-free look. Use a straightener to create the bends for a less polished finish.
Let a statement back do the talking with a simple bun. Pull out face-framing tendrils for a more relaxed look.
Sometimes a vibrant colour is the only thing your party hair needs. Whether you have dyed hair or are natural, use a colour conditioner to revive the glossiness.
Short fringes can be high-maintenance with the constant trims, but they are so chic. Wash your hair the morning of the party and blow-dry with the concentration nozzle facing down to seal the cuticle of your strands for shine.
This kind of shine needs to be seen by a room full of people. Fake this glossy blow-dry with a good hair dryer and a ceramic round brush for ultimate shine. Make sure you rough-dry first, though.
The waves are laid. If you have a low cut, pre-party, make sure you have applied your holding product, and keep your do-rag or scarf on until you’re ready to leave to give your waves enough time to set.
Who would have thought we’d be able to revisit some of our favourite hairstyles from childhood in such an on-trend way? Load up on clear or black hair elastics. Baby hair styling optional.
A perfect style to show off those earrings you have been waiting to wear. Add a light wave to the hair with a wand before securing at the nape of your neck.
Ditch the parting for the night and brush your hair back into a humble low bun. If you have short layers, you’ll need a spritz of hair spray like the Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong Hold to stop your strands moving about.
Half up, half down styles are so timeless and fun. They’re the perfect option for second- or third-day hair that has a bit of grit to it.
Lacking volume for this luxe look? No stress. That’s what clip-ins are for. I recommend the Easilocks The Loose Wave HD Fibre 24″ Lace U Part Wig for the quickest and easiest way to re-create this style.
Load up on the pomade to coax your short style into this classic party look.
Padded headbands are as chic ever and go perfectly with face-framing layers.
If you have long layers around the hairline, wave a section and pull out the tightness for a casual look. Tuck behind your ears to show off statement jewellery.
Not for beginners but a braided bun is an easy and impressive way to pull your look together if you can plait. Make sure your hair is moisturised before you start to create slip as you braid.
Fluff out your texture with a pick, and spray on a light oil to lock in hydration
Shine spray will be your best friend for a look like this. It’s best suited to day-two hair for a bit of extra texture.
A tightly tied low pony is kept casual by finger-combing the crown instead of brushing it back neatly.
A pulled-back neat plait is so simple to do and perfect for teaming with big hoops.
Mid-length layered hair looks so striking with a deep barrel wave. Once your hair is cool, comb through for a less polished finish.
Set your bob-length hair with a flexible hair spray for hold and moveable structure.
Adorn any style with hair jewels, and this season, you’ll be on to a winner.
A statement bow is always going to be a hit during party season.
Wash in/wash out colour is perfect for light blondes to have even more fun this party season. Wella Colour Fresh Masks are excellent for adding colour and softness.
Yes, tendrils are still a hit. Suffer from flyaways? Smooth your sections with a little oil or pomade to get them to gather together.
Big clips are not only party perfect, but they also keep your hair out of your face on the dance floor.
For ultimate roundness in your fringe, use a large barrel brush and a hair dryer to smooth.
Adorn your high bun with an embellished scrunchie for a fashionable party-hat alternative. Next, easy makeup looks to re-create right now.