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When it comes to ringing in the New Year, every aspect of your look matters. From your most sparkly shoes, to your most glittery makeup, it’s all about looking your very best. We mean, you obviously need to start the new year off on the right foot! And of course, your hair is no exception. No matter where you plan to be when the clock strikes midnight, you’ll surely want to rock a perfect hairstyle for the occasion. From curly hair to braided updos, the options are practically endless, but we’re sharing only our favorites with you. Here are five party hairstyles you’ll want to consider for all your New Year’s Eve plans.
The holidays are complicated enough, with plenty of stress induced by buying presents and picking the perfect ensembles for every event. There’s no reason you’re obligated to add any more onto your list by attempting a complicated hairstyle. A ponytail may be one of your go-to hairstyles to wear to the gym, but—with a few tweaks—it can suit a festive night just as well.
What you’ll need:
L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray
Get the look by following these simple steps:
Step 1: Apply hair serum. This look needs to be super-sleek and shiny, and applying a hair serum should get you there. Smooth it onto your hair, focusing on the ends to avoid oily roots.
Step 2: Comb through. Ensure there aren’t any tangles in your tresses, carefully combing through your hair.
Step 3: Create a ponytail. Gather all of your hair high on your head, being sure to smooth out any bumps, then secure with a hair tie.
Step 4: Give the hairstyle lift. If your ponytail isn’t quite high enough for your tastes, let bobby pins come to your aid. Insert a few bobby pins vertically into the elastic, facing downwards. The pins will help prop up the ponytail. Ta-da!
Step 5: Hide the hair tie. Taking one piece of hair from the ponytail, wrap it around the base to effectively obscure the hair tie. Then, add a bobby pin or two to keep it under wraps.
Step 6. Finish with hair spray. This one’s a no brainer. Use hair spray so your ponytail won’t budge from its sky-high spot. Give your style a good spritz and you’re good to go!
You can never go wrong with lots of voluminous, bouncy curls. Whether New Year’s Eve is shaping up to be a regular old day or one of the biggest nights of your life, curls are always a top choice. And if you don’t want your mane to match that of every other party attendee, all it takes is separating half of your strands.
What you’ll need:
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L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold Volume
Sparkly hair accessory
Step 1: Cleanse and condition. This style starts in the shower. Use a volumizing hair system, consisting of a shampoo and conditioner. Once you’re finished in the shower, wait for your hair to dry.
Step 2: Apply heat protectant. Anytime you use a heat tool, you should be doing your best to protect your hair. And that means using a heat protectant first. Spray onto dry hair, then you’re all set to curl.
Step 3: Curl hair. Splitting your hair into smaller sections, curl each piece. (Here’s The Right Way to Use a Curling Iron.)
Step 4: Use hair spray. Don’t let those curls droop! A coat of volumizing hair spray will do the trick.
Step 5: Separate top section. Gather about half of your hair from the top of your head.
Step 6: Secure with a hair accessory. Instead of a clear elastic, use a sparkly hair piece to secure the top section of your hair.
Want to show off the shoulders of the outfit you spent so much time planning? Then an updo is the way to go. Rather than pile the entirety of your mane atop your head, try rocking a hairstyle that sits a little lower. It’ll look oh-so-elegant. This romantic, braided updo totally qualifies, and it’s a prime pick for anyone still in search of their NYE kiss.
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Step 1: Use texturizing hair spray. Give your hair shape and texture with help from a wave spray. Spray it on to damp hair, then scrunch. Allow your hair to finish air drying, then it’s time for step 2.
Step 2: Create three ponytails. Pull your hair into three low ponytails at the back of your head, securing each with a hair tie.
Step 3: Braid each ponytail. Using your regular old braiding skills, braid each ponytail and add another hair tie to the ends.
Step 4. Twist and roll braids. With each of your braids, twist and roll it up from the end. When you reach the base of your neck, pin the braids in place.
Step 5: Finish with hair spray. Finish with a fine control hair spray.
Wearing an actual tiara to a New Year’s Eve event may be a tad dramatic, but creating a crown out of your hair is a totally different story. You can look completely regal—without veering into obnoxious territory. Plus, you won’t have to shell out for an expensive crown.
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Step 1: Apply hair cream. For hair that has texture and is still super-soft—none of that crunchy feeling—use a hair cream. Use your fingers to evenly distribute it from roots to ends on damp hair, then let your hair finishing drying.
Step 2: Create two fishtail braids. Put your hair into two fishtail braids, one on each side of your head. As for how to create a fishtail braid, split the hair into two sections. Begin by taking a piece of hair from the outside of one section, and cross it over to the inside of the other section. Repeat, switching back and forth between sections, until you’re ready to add a hair tie to the end. (For a more in depth guide on fishtail braiding—and all your other favorite braids—read our article, Braiding Basics: How to Braid Your Hair.)
Step 3: Mess it up. Your braids don’t have to be totally perfect! Beginners, isn’t that a blessing? You can even mess them up more, tugging at certain pieces for an undone effect.
Step 4: Wrap and pin braids. Now, wrap one braid up and over your head, keeping it close to your hairline. Tuck the end behind your ear or under another piece of hair and pin it down. Then, do the same with the second braid.
Step 5. Finish with hair spray. Spray your new crown with an extra strong hold hair spray.
Let’s accept reality. After dancing the night away, you might end up annoyed with your long hair half-way through the night. Instead of having to beg your fellow party goers for a hair tie and create a passable style in the lady’s room with a few measly amenities, why not start the night off with the messy bun you’d surely end up with anyway?
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Decorative hair accessory
Step 1: Use dry shampoo. Before tossing your hair up, use dry shampoo.
Step 2: Create a ponytail. Gather your hair at the back of your head, creating a ponytail. You can skip securing it with a hair tie.
Step 3: Form a bun. Twist your ponytail and wrap it around the base, then slip a hair tie around the entire bun to hold it.
Step 4: Add a hair accessory. Don’t let anyone think you’re only wearing a messy bun. Add a few shimmery bobby pins or a jeweled hair clip to spruce up the style.
Step 5: Finish with hair spray. You know the drill!
What’s next? How about party-perfect makeup look ideas? Head on over to our article, Gilded and Glittery: How to Rock This Holiday Eye Makeup Look.