30 Party-Perfect Hairstyles That Require Little Effort

Whether you like it or not, the season of holiday parties has officially descendedВ (sorry, hibernators). To help you spend more time air-kissingВ and guzzling-er, sipping-champagne and less time stressing before the party hasВ even started, we've gathered several hairstyles just begging to be shown off in front of friends, co-workers, andВ anyone who can appreciate a perfectly executed chignon. The best part? Each look requires little effort and only a few tools.В From buns and braids to waves and wraps, keep scrolling for ourВ epicВ guide to holiday hair!


Cool-Girl Ballerina Bun

Learn how to re-create this look.

Twist Me Pretty

Fattened Dutch Braid

Get this look at home with step-by-step instructions.

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The Elegant Twist

Here's how to re-create this stunning look at home.


Windblown Low Braid

Add lots of texture; then braid your strands low at the nape of your neck.

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Braided Headband Into Low Bun

Start at the outer left corner of your brow, then create a dutch braid along your hairline for a halo-like effect. Finally, gather the hair into a low bun and pin into place.

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Sleek French Twist

Even short-haired girls can do this chic tuck. Learn how with our easy step-by-step tutorial.

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Pinned-Back Waves

Don't hide your bobby pins… Show them off! Click here to find out how we created this look on Zoey Deutch.

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Double Pony

Upgrade your pony with just one little step.В Grab some hair elastics and learn how to achieve this look.


Inverted Braided Bun

Flip your head over and french braid starting at the nape of your neck. Twist the remaining strands into a bun and you're done!

Tessa Rayne

Glam Half-Twist

Sometimes a simple twist and delicate accessories make the chicestВ of hairdos. Check out theВ step-by-stepВ instructions to re-create the look yourself!

A Beautiful Mess

Crossed-Over Ponytail

Why wear a simple low ponytail when you can take it to the next level? Take a look at the full instructions.

Love Aesthetics

Sparkly and Slicked-Back

What says the holidays more than glitter? Find out how to create thisВ glitzed-out 'do.


The Unexpected Fishtail

Use hair chalkВ ($6) to add a pop of color to your average fishtail.


Bombshell Curls

Because what better occasion to rock big, bouncy waves?


Messy Low Pony

Spray a texture spray (we like Ouai Texturizing Spray, $26) through your strands, and then gently section a few strands out in the front.

Refinery 29

The Chic, Curly Updo

Click here for the step-by-steps!

Twist Me Pretty

Wavy Dutch Braid

Truth: A pancaked braid is much more appealing than your average plait. Re-create this with these simple instructions.


The Rolled Tuck

Create a low pony at the nape of your neck, create a hole above the elastic, and then pull the ends of the pony through. Pin the ends in place and you're good to go!


Tousled Braided Crown

Create two low pigtails, and then wrap them around your head and pin in place. The messier, the better!


Wrapped Sleek Pony

Nothing makes a ponytail more chic than stick-straight strands. Wrap a section of the ponytail around the hair tie to dress up the overall look.


The Peeking Braid

Give your normal half-ponytail more oomph-factor by adding a small, barely-visible fishtail braid right behind your ear.


Low, Knotted Infinity Bun

French braid your strands, then tuck the ends under into a bun shape. Simple and perfect for any occasion.


The Braid Within a Braid

Click here to find out how to re-create this mind-bending braid!


Spiced Up Bun

Why not give life to your messy low bun by adding a bright hair accessory? Take a peek at some of these barrettes and clips byВ Jen Atkin x Chloe & Isabel.

A Cup of Jo

The Halfie Braid

Click here for the step-by-steps!


Mini Bardot Bun

Tease your strands for major volume at the crown, and then gather your strands into a messy bun right at ear-level.


Glamorous Curls

A little spiral action never hurt anyone, especially when paired with a deep side part.


Extreme Wrapped Pony

Wrap a section (or two if your hair isn't long enough) around your ponytail so that it extends vertically, and then pin it in place for a super-sleek effect.


Parting Ways

Change up your look by creating a deep side part, and then pin it back with a bobby pin.

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Pearly Plaits

Dress up a loose side french braid by sticking pearl-accented bobby pinsВ throughout. Gorgeous.

Up next, take a look at the most popular holiday makeup looks on Pinterest.

This post was originally published on December 5, 2014.