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20 Devastatingly Gorgeous Evening Hairstyles

We ladies love to dress up and show off when we get the chance, our hair however, can sometimes be a challenge. It doesn’t have to be! Mostly what we lack sometimes is inspiration and ideas to dress up our hair for events, especially when there will be pictures taken. Break out of your box and shine at your next formal event with some of these sophisticated evening hairstyles.

  • Half Up Half Down

    This style can transition from dinner to a black tie affair in a heartbeat. It can be dressed down and styled on day-old curls for a more casual version.

    Half Up Half Down Evening Hairstyle

    Style by Janice Busch,Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

    How to Style:

    1. Spray a thermal protectant hairspray on dry hair.
    2. Curl hair to desired size curls.
    3. Back comb hair in crown section near the root.
    4. Smooth out crown.
    5. Add hair from top and sides and shape into desired size bouffant.
    6. Pin in place. Reshape loosened curls.

    Recommended Products:

    CHI’s 44 Iron Guard has ceramic particles to give maximum protection from heat and does not build up on the hair.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    For smaller facial shapes, a medium curling iron or wand will give the same effect, but may be more proportional

  • Half Up Smoothed Out

    Whether on the way to a work function or out on the town with the girls, this look is super easy to mimic from home.

    Smooth Half Up Hairstyle for Evening

    Hairbenders Int’l, Chattanooga, TN

    How to Style:

    1. Spray a thermal protectant hairspray on dry hair.
    2. Flat iron hair smooth.
    3. Backcomb hair in crown section near the root.
    4. Smooth out crown.
    5. Add hair from top and sides and shape into desired size bouffant.
    6. Pin in place. Smooth flyaways if needed.
    7. Finish with shine product.

    Recommended Products:

    Sebastian’s Shine Shaker Spray is a lightweight, high gloss aerosol spray for light but luminous shine.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This is among the most universal looks out there and it works well on most everyone.

  • Crown Braid

    Braids in all variations are tremendously popular for both casual wear and formal wear. This is a very romantic style that is guaranteed to turn heads at your evening affair.

    Crown Braid Evening Hairstyle

    Style by Ivy Hibberts, Makeup by Lauren West, Bob Steele Salon, Atlanta, GA

    Crown Braid Evening Hairstyle Side

    Style by Ivy Hibberts, Makeup by Lauren West, Bob Steele Salon, Atlanta, GA

    How to Style:

    1. Section hair in crown area into a circle and clip out of the way.
    2. Braid hair from center part back to nape on both sides. Secure braids.
    3. Backcomb loose hair in the crown area and smooth into shape
    4. Secure braids into the back of head and cover with center hair.
    5. Roll the ends of loose hair into a roll near the braided hair.
    6. Secure rolled hair over the loose braids and pin onto braided hair near nape.
    7. Carefully pull braids apart to create texture.

    Recommended Products:

    Kenra Platinum Finishing Spray gives all day hold and long lasting lift for longer evening hairstyles.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    If you have finer hair you may want to add a few curls for texture before beginning and backcomb a bit to give the braids a fuller look.

  • Smooth and Straight

    Straight, sleek hair is very beautiful. With the right products, this is a timeless classic for any event.

    Smooth Straight Classic Hairstyle

    Style by Shantell Nunez, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

    How to Style:

    1. Apply heat and humidity protectant to damp hair. Comb through hair with wide tooth comb.
    2. Apply smoothing cream or gel to damp hair and comb through.
    3. Blow dry hair smooth with paddle brush.
    4. Go over with flat iron for smooth, long lasting finish.

    Recommended Products:

    Glossing Straightener by AVEDA protects from heat, adds shine and smooths out hair.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This cut and style looks great on most everyone! Thicker, coarser, curlier hair types would do well to round brush their hair before flat ironing as a little more tension will smooth the hair more.

  • Voluminous Curly Ponytail

    This is a great style to create the illusion of fuller, thicker hair in an updo. This look is also stunning on longer hair.

    How to Style:

    1. Section hair across the back of the head from ear to ear.
    2. Secure bottom half into a ponytail.
    3. Spray a working hairspray on ponytail and top section.
    4. Curl top section and ponytail with a one-inch curling iron or wand.
    5. Backcomb the top section towards the front, crown and sides as desired for volume.
    6. Smooth hair back into a ponytail on top of the bottom ponytail.
    7. Carefully pull accent pieces out. Finish with hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Paul Mitchell’s Super Clean Hairspray is a light styling spray that is great for heat styling and curling.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    For finer hair types, backcombing the ponytail curls will give you a fuller looking style.

  • Side Swept Upstyle

    Here we have a modern variation of an updo for the girl who may not want something super formal, but still wants to feel glamorous.

    Side Swept Updo Evening Hairstyle

    Style by Nina John, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

    Side Swept Updo Evening Hairstyle Back

    Style by Nina John, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

    How to Style:

    1. Section dry hair into a side part.
    2. Section the side part down from the top of the head to behind the ear in the direction of the side part. Clip out of the way.
    3. Lightly backcomb loose hair near the root and smooth into an off-centered French twist.
    4. Spray the hair on top with light hairspray and curl the ends.
    5. Lightly backcomb the top section and smooth into shape.
    6. Shape pin curls going back and pin into place. Finish with hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Bumble and Bumble’s Spray de Mode is a styling tool with flexible hold, workability, and is excellent while styling dry hair with heat tools or as a flexible finishing spray

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style works well with all face shapes. Finer hair textures may want to bump up their volume with a blow dry before styling for a longer lasting style.

  • Side Curl Shape

    Here is a very intricate and formal style. Of the many evening hairstyles shown here, this one may take some work and some practice, but the end result will be a beautiful pay off!

    Formal Side Swept Long Curly Hairstyle

    Style by Jamie Heringes, Makeup by Karen Buttacavole, Salon NV, Franklin Park, NJ

    Formal Side Swept Long Curly Hairstyle Back

    Style by Jamie Heringes, Makeup by Karen Buttacavole, Salon NV, Franklin Park, NJ

    How to Style:

    1. Spray dry hair with a heat protectant and working spray.
    2. Section hair into one-inch sections.
    3. Curl with wand or iron.
    4. Soften curls with fingers and shine product.
    5. Brush one side close to scalp and towards the nape.
    6. Shape hair by rolling curls into one another and secure with pins.
    7. Carefully pull the curls wide to open the shape and spray.

    Recommended Products:

    Sebatian’s Trillant is a high shine heat protectant that doesn’t weigh down the hair.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Finer hair types and shorter hair may want to use smaller curls to create a fuller look.

  • Side Shaped Coif

    This is a very sassy evening hairstyle, yet it is still polished and elegant. We love this modern style for any occasion!

    Polished Side Swept Evening Hairstyle

    Style by Acacia Cronic, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

    How to Style:

    1. Spray hair with medium hold styling spray.
    2. Curl hair going back with large curling iron.
    3. Backcomb top and crown area.
    4. Smooth hair into shape and secure with pins.
    5. Smooth hair from the side to the back and secure with pins.

    Recommended Products: 

    Sebastian’s Shaper Plus is a superb styling aid when creating soft polished looks with long lasting hold.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    For wider, rounder face shapes, make sure to pull a little shape and volume on the top and sides to balance this side style. Just be sure to do not overdo it with a giant bouffant on top!

  • Full Side Parted UpStyle

    This little number is fairly easy to do once you have done it a couple times. Here is your go-to quick yet elegant upstyle for formal events without a salon visit.

    Side Parted Formal Updo Side Parted Formal Updo Side

    How to Style:

    1. Apply volumizing foam to damp hair.
    2. Blow dry with large round brush.
    3. Create side parting, the comb the side down and clip.
    4. Backcomb crown area near root, then brush smooth with volume.
    5. Remove clip from side. Brush hair back to nape area. Pin smoothed back hair in place.
    6. Curl the ends going back with curling iron or wand.
    7. Finish with hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Pravana Nevo Full Volume provides a weightless volume and leaves hair full and voluminous. Pravana Nevo Hairspray gives a flexi firm hold and helps to secure volume.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    For especially long and narrow face shapes, we may want to exaggerate the volume on the sides to create a fuller look.

    Tip:

    When pinning down hair, criss cross the bobby pins for extra security.

  • Full Down Styled

    Soft, touchable volume is always a winner in a formal setting. Keep it classy with this radiant look.

    How to Style:

    1. Apply root volumizng product to root area of damp hair. Massage in with fingers.
    2. Apply volumizing gel or foam throughout hair. Comb through.
    3. Blow dry hair with a large round brush.
    4. Finish with a shine cream or serum.

    Recommended Products:

    Big Sexy Hair’s Styling line gives you just that. Root Pump is an instant fix for added volume for your blow dry. Apply it just to the root area and watch it expand! Big Altitude is a great volumizing foam for longer hair as it provides enough hold to maintain volume longer.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    For rounder face types, approach with caution as not to create too much width to your style. For curlier hair types, adding an anti-humidity product would be a good idea to create a smooth volume look without frizz.

  • Glamour Upstyle

    You don’t have to be a bride to rock this look. It is very formal and dripping with glamour!

    Glamorous Evening Updo with Headband

    Style by Heather Young, John Robert’s Salon & Spa, Cleveland, OH

    How to Style:

    1. Spray a thermal protectant hairspray on dry hair.
    2. Curl hair with a large curling iron or wand.
    3. Backcomb hair from roots to ends.
    4. Smooth hair back, leaving out the front section.
    5. Roll hair under near the nape and secure with pins.
    6. Smooth hair in front section and shape into pin curls. Secure with pins.
    7. Finish with hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Pureology’s Supreme Control is among the best sprays for formal styling like this. It has a light feel with superior hold and won’t flake or break when brushed through.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This look may not work very well with all one length hair or shorter hair.

  • Loose Curls

    For those who want a more approachable look that can easily transition from formal to casual, this would be a good choice.

    Long Evening Hairstyle with Curls

    Style by Brook Lingerfelt, Kathy Adams Salon, Buford, GA

    Long Evening Hairstyle with Curls Side

    Style by Brook Lingerfelt, Kathy Adams Salon, Buford, GA

    How to Style:

    1. Apply a golf ball-sized amount of volumizing foam to damp hair.
    2. Spritz hair with heat protectant.
    3. Blow dry hair in neat sections going back with medium-sized round brush.
    4. Section hair into two-inch sections.
    5. Spray with styling hairspray.
    6. Curl with medium curling iron or wand going back and away from the face.
    7. Loosely break up curls with a shine serum.

    Recommended Products:

    Schwartskopfs Osis Volumizing Hairspray called Glamour Queen is a great base spray for curls like these.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Women with finer hair may want to take wider sections to create more volume

  • Classic Curled Upstyle

    This is a classic evening updo that one may see at any special event. It does require some practice and possibly an extra set of hands, but with enough practice, you can dazzle the crowd every time!

    Classic Curled Formal Updo

    Style by Lauren McDonald, Kathy Adams Salon, Buford, GA

    Classic Curled Formal Updo Back

    Style by Lauren McDonald, Kathy Adams Salon, Buford, GA

    How to Style:

    1. On dry hair, spray hair with a heat protectant and working spray.
    2. Section hair into one-inch sections.
    3. Curl sections with a wand or iron.
    4. Soften curls with fingers and a  shine product.
    5. Shape hair by rolling curls into one another and secure with pins.
    6. Carefully shape the curls and spray.

    Recommended Products:

    BedHeads Head Rush is a high shine spray that leaves the hair soft and shiny without added weight.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Finer hair types may want to play with extensions to create a fuller look.

  • Pinned Back Coif

    Here is a soft and romantic look for any occasion. This is a great go-to quick and easy style for formal events!

    Romantic Pinned Back Evening Hairstyle

    Style by Gen Pacoriek, Planet Color Salon, Mokena, IL

    How to Style:

    1. Spray a thermal protectant hairspray onto dry hair.
    2. Curl hair with large curling iron or wand.
    3. Backcomb hair from roots to ends.
    4. Smooth hair back in the direction of the part while creating volume.
    5. Smooth back hair into a ponytail.
    6. Roll the hair into round shape. Secure with pins.
    7. Finish with hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Fini by SEVEN Luxury Haircare is a lightweight styling spray with heat protection and definition for thermal styling.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Finer hair types may want to add a little more volume on top and use a firmer spray.

  • Boufant Coif

    This is a playful look for formal events as well as casual nights out.

    How to Style:

    1. Smooth out dry hair with a flat iron.
    2. Backcomb top section for desired volume.
    3. Smooth back and spray with firm hold spray.

    Recommended Products:

    Bumble and Bumble’s Classic Hairspray gives a firm hold without feeling sticky and also adds shine to finish

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Finer hair types with little to no layers may want to use hair pins to secure the volume and shape.

  • Full On Volume Upstyle

    This is a soft and airy style with texture and edge. Depending on your dress, this evening hairstyle can take you to a red carpet premiere or your favorite rock concert.

    How to Style:

    1. Spray dry hair with a heat protectant and working spray.
    2. Section hair into one-inch sections.
    3. Curl with wand or iron.
    4. Back comb hair from root to almost the ends.
    5. Smooth hair back and shape.
    6. Tuck in pins to secure hair. Spray with firm hold spray.

    Recommended Products:

    TIGI Catwalk’s Firm Hold Hairspray works well with high volume styles like this one. It gives long lasting hold and body to coiffed styles.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Finer hair with wider, fuller, longer face shapes may want to pull some pieces out to create softness and balance.

  • Petite Bouffant

    This is a modern twist on a vintage 40’s style. It’s very sophisticated and sleek for a formal evening.

    Sleek Pinned Back Formal Hairstyle

    Peles Salon & Spa, Johnstown, PA

    Sleek Pinned Back Formal Hairstyle Back

    Peles Salon & Spa, Johnstown, PA

    How to Style:

    1. Apply golf ball-sized amount of volumizing foam to damp hair.
    2. Spritz hair with heat protectant.
    3. Blow dry hair in neat sections going back with medium-sized round brush.
    4. Spray with styling hairspray.
    5. Backcomb front section and smooth into shape.
    6. Smooth back hair and secure with pins.
    7. Curl ends and finish with hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Paul Mitchell’s Awapuhi Line’s Finishing Spray has a soft hold and leaves the hair weightless and shiny.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This is a universal look that will flatter most all face shapes.

  • Tousled Romantic Curls

    Here we have a very soft and feminine style for any and all occasions. Just remember when contemplating evening hairstyles, romantic curls never go out of style!

    Tousled Romantic Evening Updo with Curls

    Cloud 9 Salon, Martins Ferry, OH

    Tousled Romantic Evening Updo with Curls Side

    Cloud 9 Salon, Martins Ferry, OH

    How to Style:

    1. Spray dry hair with a heat protectant and working spray.
    2. Section hair into one-inch sections.
    3. Curl sections with a wand or iron.
    4. Soften curls with fingers and a shine product.
    5. Smooth the top and sides back and secure with pins.
    6. Carefully shape the curls, pull some pieces out to frame the face, and spray.

    Recommended Products:

    AVEDA’s Air Control is a super soft and light spray for effortless shine and light hold.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Frizzy hair types may want to blow dry and style first for smoothness and a longer lasting style.

  • French Twist

    The French Twist is a timeless classic and here we have a modern, personalized version of it. All formal events are suitable for this style.

    Evening Hairstyles

    AnVa Salon & Spa, Holland, OH

    Classic French Twist Back

    AnVa Salon & Spa, Holland, OH

    How to Style:

    1. Spray a thermal protectant hairspray onto dry hair.
    2. Curl hair with a large curling iron or wand.
    3. Backcomb hair from roots to ends.
    4. Smooth hair back and leave out a few accent pieces.
    5. Roll hair from left to right and secure hair with pins.
    6. Smooth hair in pieces and shape into a French twist. Secure with pins.
    7. Finish with hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Bumble and Bumble’s Does It All Spray provides hair with workable, brushable hold for bending and molding and is perfect for heat styling.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Women with finer hair may want to take wider sections to create more volume.

  • Pinned Up Style

    This style is a look that may never fade out of formal events.

    Timeless Formal Updo with Bangs

    The Oak Street Hair Group, Mountain Brook, AL

    Timeless Formal Updo with Bangs Back

    The Oak Street Hair Group, Mountain Brook, AL

    How to Style:

    1. Spray dry hair with a heat protectant and working spray.
    2. Section hair into one-inch sections.
    3. Curl with wand or iron.
    4. Lightly brush through curls and reshape with fingers and shine product.
    5. Shape hair by brushing hair back with fingers and secure with pins.
    6. Carefully smooth the curls and spray.

    Recommended Products:

    Worked Up by Paul Mitchell’s Styling Line is a workable spray that can also be used a finisher for long hair to ensure long lasting hold.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This is a great style for the long, thick tresses. For finer hair types, a clip-in extension or two can easily pump up your volume

    With a little hairspray, some hair pins and a brush, you can conquer the world! Make your memories beautiful and feel glamorous at your special occasion with any of these evening hairstyles. May the spray be with you!