The surefire way to glam up your party hairstyle is by tucking in a hair accessory. From humble bobby pins and versatile scrunchies to sleek headbands and ornate barrette clips – there's a wide variety of on trend hair accessories to choose from and add a little magic to your mane. We're compiled a list of the best party hairstyles with accessories that'll keep you on trend this festive season.
1. Ponytails, Buns and Let Loose Hairstyle with Visible Bobby Pins
We had been using bobby pins solely for the purpose of securing loose strands until last season when these humble hair accessories took over the most fashionable runways around the world and stood out on their own! Believe it or not, visible bobby pins are not just a 'thing' now, they're one of the most innovative hair trends that the fashion industry has seen this year.
If you can't seem to figure out how to style your hair to match your glam outfit, just grab a couple of colorful bobbies and tuck them in your hair in a pattern of your choice (or without one!) – et voila, you have a party-ready hairstyle in seconds !
Show off your pins with a sleek ponytail, a low bun or a let loose hairstyle! Spray your bobby pins with some hairspray to lend them extra grip before tucking them in your mane. This will also help to tame loose strands and keep your hairstyle neat and flawless.
2. Short Hairstyle with a Headscarf
Rock your pixie or bob hairstyle with one of the coolest hair accessories of the season – headscarves. You won't believe how a tiny piece of fabric can upgrade your short hairstyle and make it look swoon-worthy, until you've tried it!
There are several ways to wear a headscarf. Tie it like a traditional tri-fold bandana for a boho-chic look or pull off a rockabilly à la Rosie the Riveter, with a visible bow knot.
3. Twisted Half-Up Hairstyle with Ribbon Bow
A ribbon is one of the most charming hair accessories used since time immemorial. It infuses oodles of romance into any hairstyle, while helping to secure loose strands. A twisted half-up hairstyle is ideal to pull off a ribbon. The 'do is just as delicate as the accessory and looks elegant on all women, irrespective of their face shape.
Work in a tiny amount of frizz removing cream through your medium-length hair and comb your tresses through to spread the product and make your strands smooth and shiny. Make a sharp hair part and twist about 1 inch of face-framing hair along your hairline on both sides of the part. Pull both the twisted sections to the back of your head and secure them with bobby pins. Tie a ribbon at the node where the two sections merge and make a neat bow.
Sport this accessorized half-up party hairstyle with a pretty little black dress and win loads of compliments!
4. Low Wet Look Pony with Leather Headband
Luxe leather is enjoying a fair share of limelight in the world of hair accessories and now is the best time to pull off a leather headpiece before it becomes outdated.
To make a low wet look ponytail, spritz your straight, wavy or curly hair with a generous amount of strand –smoother serum spray and comb your tresses through to make them soft, smooth and shiny. Make a hair part; neatly comb back all your hair and secure it into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck. Smooth over a tiny amount of styling gel over your top hair to lend your pony a slick, wet look finish. Slide in a leather headband to keep cowlicks under control and finish off your party hairstyle on a glamorous note.
5. Bohemian Updo with a Bandeau and Floral Hair Pins
This twist and tuck bohemian updo has a striking Grecian vibe about it; the floral bandeau enhances the charm of this hairstyle and lends it an ultra-feminine, romantic appeal. The updo can be created with shoulder-length hair of any texture and is ideal for showing off a smoldering backless dress.
Work in a tiny amount of volume inject mousse through your mane to add extra bulk and better hold to your strands. Wear a floral bandeau (or a more popular braided elastic bandeau) and twist and tuck in small sections of hair along its base until all your hair is up. Tug at individual sections to lend your updo a tousled finish. Tuck in a couple of floral hair pins and spritz your hair with some fine hold hairspray to set the style for longer wear.
6. Messy Topknot with a Scrunchy
A messy topknot might not exactly be 'soiree material' but you can certainly rock a grunge party in it! This tousled updo screams 'I Don't Care!', which is exactly how your attitude should be when you're out partying with your closest chums and don't give two hoots about whether your hairstyle is picture perfect!
If your end-of-the-year calendar is booked with back-to-back parties and you don't have time to wash your hair, this messy updo will fit your bill perfectly. Just spritz some dry shampoo over the roots of your hair to soak up the grease and grime, rake up all your hair and secure it into a disheveled topknot using a scrunchy. Spritz some hairspray all over your mane and switch your hairstyle to party mode!
7. Volumized Updo with Floral Hair Slides
Whether you're enjoying Christmas dinner with family and friends or sipping cocktails at an office holiday party, this accessorized volumized updo will make you look your festive best!
Spritz your top hair generously with high-lift creation hairspray and barring a couple of inches of face-framing hair, back brush your tresses in quick strokes all the way up to the crown; this will help to build volume and height for the updo. Mist the teased section with strong hold hairspray and smooth over the forelocks, securing the ends with bobby pins.
Gather the rest of your loose hair at the back of your head and secure it into a chignon using more pins. Gently tug at individual hair sections to create a tousled finish, spritz some hairspray to set the style and accessorize the updo with floral hair slides.
8. Sleek Low Knot with a Fresh Flower
Find a bloom that you love and tuck it in your low knot to add a pop of color to your party hairstyle! A sleek low knot with a fresh flower looks quite romantic and is ideal for both classy affairs that require dressing up as well as an evening full of fun and frolic (and perhaps some flamenco!).
This hairstyle suits women of all age groups – those in their 20s, 30s, 40s or 50s – and is just as good for enjoying a formal meal with near and dear ones as for waltzing away with friends! Besides, it can be perfected in minutes.
Don't forget to mist your hair with some strand smoother serum spray to lend a smooth, iridescent finish to your updo.
9. Let Loose Waves with Ornate Hair Brooch
Simple, subtle and sophisticated, let loose waves accessorized with ornate hair brooches can help you steal the limelight at any party!
To create a loose wavy texture in your hair, mist your damp tresses generously with some heat protectant hairspray and gently curl them on a medium-barreled curling iron. When the sections are setting on the iron, spritz them with some tousle waves hair spray to define the texture. Once all your hair is curled, run your fingers loosely along the lengths of the strands to break up the pretty curves and create soft, natural-looking waves.
Trace out a hair part and pin up a couple of inches of face-framing hair with ornate brooches. Spritz your party hairstyle with a generous amount of hairspray and step out of the door with princess-material locks!
10. Fishtail Braids with a Head Chain
Sported by Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and very recently by 'Lean On' singer Mø, head chains have gone on to become one of the hottest hair accessories in the last couple of years. We think they're just perfect to bling up a party hairstyle!
While you can pull-off a chic head chain with any hairstyle (even with a pixie or a let loose bob cut for that matter!), we recommend fishtail braids to match up to the intricacy of the accessory. Go for a single side braid or try out double braids with a sharp middle part; adorn your 'do with a thin head chain and step out with a braided hairstyle that has 'fashionista' written all over it!