9 Last-Minute New Year’s Eve Hair Ideas

Updated 04/28/19
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By now you've likely got your plans for NYE nailed down, or at least you have a few options on hold. But what about your hair? Don't stress about getting a last-minute Drybar appointment. We've got you covered with plenty of hair inspiration and how-tos guaranteed to complement any ensemble, wherever the night takes you. So keep scrolling to see some fabulous looks that you can create tonight! 

Barefoot Blonde

Partial Side Fishtail Braid

We love loose, beachy waves, and we heart fishtail braids, so why not put them together for a killer look? Here's a quick fishtail tutorial; spray your strands with Oribe's Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray ($39). 

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Braided Bangs

Growing out a pixie cut and worried about what to do with bangs? Braid them! For an unexpected twist, follow these steps to create a perfect bohemian-inspired plait. 

Style Haus

Half Topknot

This half-topknot style is the perfect combination of "undone polish," giving us a good reason to consider swearing off ponies for good.


Sleek and Piecey

Slicked-back hair was major in 2015, and there's no reason it can't carry over to the New Year. Use Moroccanoil Treatment ($15) to slick back your strands and follow these steps to pull off the trendy look.

Damsel in Dior

French Twist Ponytail

The French twist into a low ponytail is très chic. Make sure to have plenty of Hot Tools 2" Bobby Pins ($3) on hand to secure the style. 


Loose Curls

There's nothing prettier than loosely coiled curls, especially on a lob. Time to bust out your Sarah Potempa Beachwaver Pro ($199) to freshen up whatever texture you're currently rocking, and spritz a little Drybar Money Maker Flexible Hold Hairspray ($26) to ensure they last all night. 

Cut y Paste

Messy Ponytail

This wrapped and undone version of the pony is the right amount of style, and it's secure, allowing you to make an impression and dance the night away without worrying about your hair falling out. 

The Chair

Loose, Long Braid

We can't get enough messy, uneven braids. Follow these steps to create a romantic, tousled braid that's actually easier than it looks. 


Tucked Up

The tucked updo is romantic, functional, and stylish. And all you have to do to create it is roll and pin. Make sure to spray your finished look with It's a 10 Miracle Shine Spray ($20) to ensure the style gets the proper attention it deserves.

How are you planning to style your hair tonight? Tell us about your look in the comments below!

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