31 brand-new party hairstyles to try
A sparkly hair pin adds an elegant touch to Stone's relaxed updo. Hairstylist Mara Roszak began by prepping hair with Moroccanoil Light Oil Treatment for Fine and Light-Colored Hair to give smoothness and shine. She blew it dry with a large paddle brush and spritzed Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray all over. She parted Stone's hair deep on one side, gathered it at the nape of her neck, twisted it into a knot, then loosened the hair at the crown. She misted on hair spray, along with a bit of Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray for added sheen, before fastening a brooch at the side of the twist.
Updo: Low ballerina bun
Paltrow's sleek knot is gorgeous for a more formal occasion—not to mention the ideal style to show off a pair of statement earrings. While hair is damp, spray it with Kérastase Reflection Chroma Cristal Shine Perfecting Mist, says hairstylist Bridget Brager. After blowing it dry, part hair in the center and smooth it into a low ponytail. Brager recommends slipping hair into a sock-bun tool, like the Sarah Potempa Wrap Up, which winds hair into a perfectly round shape. Secure with bobby pins and finish with hair spray.
Updo: Side-swept chignon
Garner's low, romantic bun is perfect for a dinner party -- and it's easy to create. Start with a really good blow-dry, misting in a volumizing spray like Phyto Phytovolume Actif Volumizer Spray. Part hair on the side, teasing it at the crown and the back of the head. "It's asymmetrical," hairstylist Ted Gibson says. "Gather hair into a low ponytail, pulling it above the ear on one side but draped over the ear on the other. That makes it modern." Twist the ponytail into a knot, pin it into place with bobby pins, and let a piece fall just so to one side.
Updo: Mixed proportions
Pumped-up roots give Miller's classic ballerina bun an edge. Begin by back-combing a section of hair in the front. Once you have some height, smooth it over with a boar-bristle brush. "It's meant to look soft and airy, not textured," Gibson says. Gather hair into a low ponytail, slicking the sides with a wax, such as Göt2b Defiant Define and Shine Pomade, and tease it before twisting it up and securing it with U-shaped pins. "The bun needs to be thick," Gibson says. "It needs to balance out the volume in the front."
Updo: Loose knot
Michael Kors Fall 2012
To create this roughed-up low knot for Michael Kors's Fall 2012 show, hairstylist Orlando Pita blow-dried hair straight, then teased the entire head and misted on hair spray. Using his fingers, he raked hair toward the nape of the neck and secured it with an elastic. He twisted the ponytail into a loose knot and pinned it into place, leaving the ends out for an effortlessly chic effect.
Updo: Voluminous bun
Byrne's bump has a retro feel without looking dated. "It's so feminine," says hairstylist Kerrie Urban. "And it has a gorgeous silhouette." Lift dry hair up at the top of the head and spritz roots with a volumizing spray (Bumble and Bumble Styling Lotion is one of our go-tos), she says. Set the spray using a blow-dryer, and back-comb hair about three inches from the hairline. Smooth over with a comb to tame any flyaways and gather hair into a low, loose ponytail. Tease hair for more volume, again smoothing over with a comb (or your fingers), before wrapping it into a bun. Secure the style with U-shaped pins.
Updo: Embellished chignon
Chanel Spring 2013
We love this style from Chanel's Spring 2013 runway show: It's a simple loop, but an expertly placed accessory adds the perfect amount of embellishment for evening. Hairstylist Sam McKnight prepped hair with Fekkai Coiff Bouffant Lifting and Texturizing Spray Gel, parted it down the middle, and gathered it into three sections at the nape of the neck. He layered the outer pieces over the middle to form a crisscross shape and secured the ponytail with an elastic. He rolled hair into a low-hanging loop, secured with bobby pins, and slid in a pretty pearl-embellished pin.
Updo: French twist
This isn't any old French twist: "It has the classic roll in the back but a pompadour feel in the front," Gibson says of McAdams's look. The best part? "Any woman could pull this off, no matter her age," he says. Begin by teasing hair lightly in the front from the hairline to the middle of the head. Set with hair spray or, if you're working with day-old hair, dry shampoo. Sweep hair back to the left side with your hands and roll from the top to the bottom. Secure with U-shaped pins, and let the flyaways fly.
Updo: Wispy topknot
A bit of texture and a few wispy pieces add a youthful appeal to Kruger's swept-up style, Brager says. Flip your head upside down and blow-dry hair straight with a styling cream -- we recommend Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream. With your head still flipped over, secure a tight ponytail at the crown. Then, break hair into two sections, wrap one around the base of the ponytail, and pin it into place. Wrap the other around the base in the opposite direction and pin that one into place. Spritz Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray all over and pull down a few delicate pieces near the ears.
Updo: Crisscrossing bun
Re-creating Adams's woven chignon is much easier that it looks. First, blow-dry hair with a volumizing mousse, such as Pantene Triple Action Volume Mousse, Brager says. Create a center part about two inches deep, tease the crown, and brush hair into a low ponytail using a boar-bristle brush. Once the ponytail is secured with an elastic, separate it into three sections, gently back-combing each one. Weave hair into a loose braid, then roll it up toward the elastic and pin it into place. Gently pull on pieces of the braid to make the crisscross pattern more prominent, and set with hair spray.