30 Party-Perfect Hairstyles That Require Little Effort

Updated 04/28/19
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Whether you like it or not, the season of holiday parties has officially descended (sorry, hibernators). To help you spend more time air-kissing and guzzling—er, sipping—champagne and less time stressing before the party has even started, we've gathered several hairstyles just begging to be shown off in front of friends, co-workers, and anyone who can appreciate a perfectly executed chignon. The best part? Each look requires little effort and only a few tools. From buns and braids to waves and wraps, keep scrolling for our epic guide to holiday hair!

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Imaxtree

Cool-Girl Ballerina Bun

Learn how to re-create this look.

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Twist Me Pretty

Fattened Dutch Braid

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

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Refinery 29

The Elegant Twist

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Imaxtree

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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Justin Coit

Sleek French Twist

Even short-haired girls can do this chic tuck. Take a look at the full breakdown. 

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Justin Coit

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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Justin Coit

Double Pony

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

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Imaxtree

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!

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Tessa Rayne

Glam Half-Twist

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

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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.

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Love Aesthetics

Sparkly and Slicked-Back

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

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Imaxtree

The Unexpected Fishtail

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

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Imaxtree

Bombshell Curls

Because what better occasion to rock big, bouncy waves?

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Imaxtree

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.

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Refinery 29

The Chic, Curly Updo

Click here for the step-by-steps!

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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.

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Pinterest

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!

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Imaxtree

Tousled Braided Crown

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

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Imaxtree

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.

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Imaxtree

The Peeking Braid

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

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Imaxtree

Low, Knotted Infinity Bun

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

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Imaxtree

The Braid Within a Braid

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

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Imaxtree

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 by Jen Atkin x Chloe & Isabel.

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A Cup of Jo

The Halfie Braid

Click here for the step-by-steps!

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Imaxtree

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.

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Imaxtree

Glamorous Curls

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

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Imaxtree

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.

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Imaxtree

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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Free People

Pearly Plaits

Dress up a loose side french braid by sticking pearl-accented bobby pins 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.

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