Party season is officially around the corner! It’s time to let your hair down (or put it up) to go with your festive wardrobe. It doesn’t matter what your hair type or texture is, or whether it’s long and flowy or cropped short, because we’ve rounded up glam hairstyles for a night to suit just about everyone.
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When it comes to styling hair that will hold its shape and stay put all night, you need to start with the correct foundation, so try not to wash your hair on the day of your event. Second (or third) day hair is better for most hairstyles as it tends to hold bobby pins, clips and pins in place really well. If your hair feels oily and less than glamorous, a spritz of dry shampoo will not only refresh your tresses but also give your hair a volume boost which will make styling easier.
10 Glam hairstyles for a night out that are easy to do:
South African beauty blogger and influencer Marlize Veenhof, aka KandyKaneMake-up, shows us how to do three glam hairstyles in this video. If Old Hollywood glam is what you’re after, this tutorial is definitely for you. Who knew you could create such gorgeous volume with a flat iron? Pair this with winged eyeliner and you are guaranteed to steal the show!
Glam waves for lobs and bobs
Eat your heart out, Marilyn Monroe! Our go-to YouTuber for bobs and lobs (long bobs), Milabu, shows us how to make the most of shorter lengths without compromising on that wow-factor. Be careful when working with a curling wand on short hair as you don’t want to burn your fingers, or ears for that matter. Once you get the hang of things, we suggest pairing this look with your favourite red lipstick.
Hair extensions are having a bit of a moment and we are firmly on board. If you have a set and want to wear them differently for a night out, you simply can’t go wrong with a high, voluminous ponytail. And no, you won’t look like you’ve just started high school… Promise! The secret is to create volume at around the crown of the head. Add some waves and you’re good to go…
The big ballet bun
The bun is a truly versatile hairstyle. It lends itself to practically every season and any occasion you can think of, and this season’s festivities are no exception. If you have long, thick tresses, you won’t have a problem creating a pretty bun. But for those with less length or volume, the ‘donut’ is a nifty little tool that will help you fake it ’til you make it. Take this look to the next level by accessorising with a bow or bejewelled headband.
The classic up ‘do
What would a round-up of glam hairstyles be without a classic up ‘do? While this hairstyle looks very posh, you’d be surprised at how easy it is to actually achieve. No need for practised hands or a ton of products and tools. You can create a more polished version by using straightened third-day hair, but we love how romantic the tousled locks look when pinned up.
The elegant faux-hawk
If elegance and sophistication are what you’re looking for as a natural hair girl, look no further than this faux-hawk inspired twisted up style. Getting the look couldn’t be simpler, but the key to creating the perfect shape is in the parting of the hair and using a nourishing moisturiser before even beginning the twists. The slicked-back sides will bring a hint of ‘edge’ to any dress.
Curls, curls, curls
Curly hair often gets a bad rap for being hard to work with, but in our world, we think the bigger, the better! Curly-haired queens, feast your eyes on eight super stylish, ultra-chic and just plain cool ways to rock your hair on a night out. Whether you’re going to the movies or meeting up with your girls for a Sunday brunch, this tutorial has a hairstyle for the occasion.
The low ponytail
Nothing says sophisticated quite like a sleek low ponytail. This below tutorial makes use of hair extensions to create life-changing volume (yes, we said LIFE-CHANGING) while keeping things smooth at the front. If your hair is long enough, you won’t need any help in achieving the same dramatic effect.
The pixie cut
Just because you have a pixie cut, doesn’t mean you can’t switch things up from time to time. With a few tools, hairspray and decorative clips and grips, you will be pleasantly surprised at how stylish your short crop can look.
Sleek and straight
You don’t always have to create voluminous waves to turn heads at an event – straight hair can look just as good parted down the middle and pinned back at the nape of the neck. A little bit of teasing and a spritz of hairspray will keep stray stands in place while giving your hair a bit of lift at the crown to elevate your look for a night out.