New Year’s Eve is a big night. Whether you are hosting friends at home or dominating the dance floor, it’s generally a marathon evening for which you want to ensure that you look your best way beyond the stroke of midnight. So for those of you who are frantically trying to find the most inspiring New Year's Eve hairstyles for the big night, you've come to the right place. In the spirit of the New Year, we’ve rounded up six show-stopping looks guaranteed to last well throughout the festivities.
1. Messy Bow Pony
If you're looking for a New Year's Eve hairstyle you won't have to think twice about after leaving the house, a messy ponytail wrapped in a giant bow deserves your vote. Wonderfully low-maintenance, it will keep wisps and frizz out of your face, in addition to remaining effortlessly intact while you dance or fight over champagne and appetizers (for the record, we'll be doing the latter).
2. High Twisted Ponytail
A jumbo twisted ponytail will stay put and look dreamy as can be the entire night. Like Amandla Stenberg, you can try a chic high ponytail with a twisted tail, or opt for a more demure low-slung look. Either way, you'll ring in the New Year with a gorgeous 'do that won't fall out before midnight.
3. Modern Chignon
A classic braided chignon will never go out of style. To make it extra modern, weave an of-the-moment leopard scarf into the mix for an added touch of festive flair. Leave a few pieces out in the front, and then secure your hair using bobby pins and the tail end of the scarf to ensure this elegant updo will stay in place at the nape of your neck.
4. Try a Sleek Wet Look
The wet look is, without a doubt, the style of the year, gracing the heads of just about every celebrity we can think of. Fortunately for us, the hairstyle is easy to recreate—you just need a brush and a few products (including gel and a sheer-hold hairspray) to ensure maximum hold. Oh, and don't forget a camera to catch all the holiday-ready looks you'll be serving.
5. Pearl Braids
If you're searching for a way to rock a protective style this New Year's Eve, look no further than these pearl-adorned braids. Celebrity hairstylist Lacy Redway is responsible for the head-turning hairstyle, which features an array of varying sizes of braids. We have one word for the party-ready 'do: stunning.
6. Half-Up Hollywood Waves
Elevate your typical half-up 'do by pairing it with voluminous Hollywood waves and a festive hair accessory. To prevent it from frizzing out during the festivities, be sure to finish the look with an anti-humidity spray—we love amika's The Shield Anti-Humidity Spray ($25).
7. Braided Bun
A sophisticated updo always pulls an outfit together. To keep it from looking stale, go with a sleek hairline and dial up the height with a three-tiered bun.
8. '70s Tucked Pony
We didn't realize we were missing out on beauty trends from the '70s until the tucked ponytail look made its reappearance this year. As you might have guessed, now we want to wear it everywhere. And what better place to rock the throwback look than at a New Year's disco to close out the year? To look especially on theme, opt for a scarf that's silver, gold, or black—or glittery if you're down for that.
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