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The word ‘elegant’ can be defined a multitude of ways depending on personal taste and style preference. In this article you will find plenty of elegant hairstyles to inspire your next special occasion attire. Regardless if you are edgy, understated, or prefer a more classic look, you’ll create your own definition of elegance with one of these styles!

Side Braided Babe

A deep part and a side braid are the perfect way to put a new twist on the classic French braid.

Elegant Hairstyle with Side BraidElegant Hairstyle with Side Braid Side View

How To Style:

  1. Part your hair as desired and use a round brush to smooth it, or use your flat iron if needed.
  2. Spray everything with a working spray.
  3. Begin French braiding the hair that falls on the side of your part with less hair.
  4. Continue the braid to the back/middle of your head. Use a bobby pin to pin the ends of the braid down. Be sure to cover the bobby pin and end of the braid with the remaining hair.
  5. Apply a small amount of shine spray to the ends.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is perfect if you have high set cheek bones or want to show off your perfectly shaped eyebrows. Long hair will be easiest to complete this look with.

Recommended Products:

For the perfect bit of shine and shimmer, add a spritz of Kevin Murphy’s Shimmer Shine to the ends.

Tip:

This style will be easiest if your hair is a bit dirty. For instance, this is a great option for second-day hair!

Sweet and Smoothed

If your idea of elegance is classic and a bit understated, a look like this might be just the ticket for you!

Classic Understated Elegant HairstyleClassic Understated Elegant Hairstyle Side View

How To Style:

  1. Apply a smoothing cream to wet hair.
  2. Use a medium-sized round brush to smooth your hair.
  3. When dry, apply a smoothing serum to the ends and back comb at the roots if more volume is desired.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is perfect if you have a short cut like the one shown above and you want to showcase it while looking classic and elegant. Any face shape will work for this style!

Recommended Products:

A good round brush is absolutely crucial to pulling off a sleek, smooth blow dry. I love Ibiza round brushes. They are a bit more expensive than the other options out there, but trust me, they are totally worth your money!

Superb Soft Curls

Easily one of the most charming and elegant style options are simple curls. Nothing extra fancy, just a basic soft, natural curl.

Elegant Hairstyle with Soft CurlsElegant Hairstyle with Soft Curls Back View

How To Style:

  1. Spray dry hair with a working hairspray.
  2. Use a 1¼-inch curling iron to curl small sections of your hair.
  3. Once everything is curled, use your fingers to separate the curls and make them appear more natural.
  4. Spray everything with a light hold finishing spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is fabulous if you have a round face shape and want to make it appear a bit slimmer. Long, medium or short hair will work perfectly for this style! It’s very versatile and works for nearly every hair type, texture and length.

Recommended Products:

A great working spray is crucial to your curls staying bouncy all day long. I love Spray de Mode by Bumble and Bumble.

The Deep Parted Dame

To really frame your face in an oh-so-elegant manner, try an extra deep part.

Long Elegant Hairstyle with Deep PartLong Elegant Hairstyle with Deep Part Side View

How To Style:

  1. Part your hair on either side of your head so that the part begins where your eyebrow ends.
  2. Use a backcombing brush to add volume at your roots.
  3. Curl each section with a small curling iron.
  4. Spray everything with a light hold finishing spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is divine if you have fine or medium hair that you are hoping to make appear thicker and fuller. Any length hair will work for this style and oval face shapes will be complemented by it.

Recommended Products:

If you have fine hair and want more body at your roots, your best bet is to backcomb your hair at the roots. Spray a bit of dry shampoo at your scalp before you back comb. It works wonders!

Tip:

The Spornette “Little Wonder” brush is my absolute favorite brush for backcombing. The bristles are super soft so they won’t be damaging to your hair.

Totally Twisted

Simple and understated in front and intricate and trendy in the back is elegance at its finest!

Trendy Elegant Updo with TwistsTrendy Elegant Updo with Twists Back View

How To Style:

  1. Separate out a section of hair that spans from the front your hairline, back to the crown section of your head, and then to behind your ear.
  2. Secure the rest of your hair back into a low bun at the nape of your neck.
  3. Take a small section of hair from the back of the section that has been left out and roll it into a pin curl. Place it right above the bun in the back of your head that you have just created. Secure it with a bobby pin. Repeat this step with another section of hair and place the next curl above the previous curl.
  4. Smooth the remaining hair using a round brush and then use a medium-sized curling iron to barely curl the ends of this section.
  5. Spray everything with a light hold hairspray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look will be very difficult to complete if you have long hair. Short hair is ideal. If you have dramatic swoopy bangs, this look will complement them! A slender, oval or heart shaped face will be well suited to this look.

Recommended Products:

If your hair is freshly washed when you begin this style, you may want to spray a bit of working spray or dry shampoo in your hair. I love Kevin Murphy’s Fresh Hair.

Tip:

This look is a bit on the fancy side, so save it for a fun night out or a dressy occasion!

Serenely Side Swept

There’s something timeless about gathering all of your hair to one side. It showcases your face in a whole new way!

Elegant Side Swept HairstyleElegant Side Swept Hairstyle Side View

How To Style:

  1. Part hair where desired, then use a medium-sized curling iron to curl each section of your hair.
  2. Gather the hair on one side of your part and tightly gather it. Pull it down to the nap of the neck, twist the hair to create some interest in the back, and then secure it with a bobby pin.
  3. Spray everything with a light hold finishing spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

I love this style if you have medium length hair, much like the beautiful model in the photo does. If you have finer textured hair, this could make your hair appear fuller and thicker. A round face shape will suit this style well.

Recommended Products:

If you want a great hold that will last all night long, try Super Clean Spray by Paul Mitchell.

Pin Curled Perfection

A few little pin curls are the cherry on top of this already ultra elegant look!

Elegant Hairstyle with Pin Curls

How To Style:

  1. Part your hair to one side then gather a three-inch section of hair and back comb it at the roots. Smooth it down and secure it back using a bobby pin.
  2. Take three small vertical sections of hair that start at your hairline and extend back about two inches.
  3. Apply a small amount of serum to each section, and then wrap the hair around your fingers to create a small pin curl. Tuck the ends under the curls and then secure the pin curl using a bobby pin.
  4. Curl the rest of your hair using a medium-sized curling iron.
  5. Spray everything with a light hold hairspray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is perfect if you have a lot of short layers around your face. The thicker and longer your hair, the more difficult it will be to have perfect looking pin curls. If you have an oval or heart shaped face, this look will complement you.

Recommended Products:

Put a bit of Kevin Murphy’s Young Again serum on your pin curl sections before you wrap them around your finger. If you have especially frizzy hair or hair with a lot of flyaways, use a bit of hairspray on each section.

Sleek and Sophisticated

A soft and sleek round brushed style is a surefire way to make your look completely elegant!

Long Sleek Sophisticated Hairstyle

How To Style:

  1. Apply a smoothing serum to wet hair.
  2. Use a medium-sized round brush to blow dry and smooth hair.
  3. Apply a small amount of smoothing serum to ends of hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style is fabulous for those who have long, layered hair and want to show off a great haircut and frame their face. A round face will be complemented by this look.

Recommended Products:

To get a smooth, sleek round brushed style, a good round brush is crucial! Ibiza brushes are absolutely amazing. They are made of genuine boar bristle brushes and are a total must have!

The Dreamy Diva

Soft, natural waves never go out of style and add a touch of elegance to any look.

Long Hairstyle with Soft Waves

How To Style:

  1. Use a medium-sized curling iron to curl large sections of dry hair.
  2. Use a paddle brush to brush through the curls and make them appear softer and more natural.
  3. Apply a light hold finishing spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look works for any length of hair! If you have a square shaped face, this look will soften it a bit.

Recommended Products:

This is a great option for second-day hair! If your hair needs a quick refresher, spray a bit of Kevin Murphy’s Fresh Hair on your roots. Dry shampoo will absorb the oils at your roots and have your hair looking good as new!

Adorably Accessorized

A little hair accessory can transform an ordinary look into something elegant and classic.

Long Elegant Hairstyle with Accessory

How To Style:

  1. Use a 1¼-inch curling iron to add natural looking waves to dry hair.
  2. Add your hair accessory.
  3. Finish with a light hold finishing spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is very versatile and can really work for any length or thickness of hair. If you have very prominent features, this look will showcase them. The look in the photo will draw plenty of attention to beautiful high cheekbones or awesome eyebrows.

Recommended Products:

Check at your local beauty supply for good hair accessories. Or, sometimes places like Sephora have a decent selection!

Eternally Elegant

Here’s a look that’s absolutely timeless. Big, blown out hair with a little curl at the bottom has been on the scene for ages and ages!

Timeless Hairstyle with VolumeTimeless Elegant Hairstyle with Volume Side View

How To Style:

  1. Begin by applying mousse and volumizing spray to your roots.
  2. Use a round brush to give body at your roots and make your hair soft and sleek.
  3. When hair is completely dry, use a curling iron to curl only the ends of your hair.
  4. Use a light hold finishing spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is great if you have fine to medium hair that you are wanting to appear thicker. An oval or heart shaped face will be flattered by this style.

Recommended Products:

I love Kevin Murphy’s Body Builder to gain body at the roots. Bumble and Bumble’s Thickening Spray is also absolutely divine!

Beautifully Bouncy

Big, tousled waves look incredibly stunning and elegant. Try this look for a date night out — you are sure to make everyone in the room do a double take!

Long Hairstyle with Tousled WavesLong Hairstyle with Tousled Waves Back View

How To Style:

  1. Curl sections of your hair using a 1¼-inch curling iron.
  2. Use a back combing brush to backcomb big sections of your hair from roots to ends.
  3. Use a paddle brush and gently smooth out the backcombing. You want your hair to be big and a little undone, but not unruly.
  4. Spray everything with a light hold hairspray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is great if you have long hair that’s fine. It will make your hair appear fuller and thicker! If you want to soften a harsh jawline or sharp features, this style is an absolutely perfect option for you.

Recommended Products:

To finish off a style like this, Moroccan Oil Finish Hairspray is your best bet. It’s light so it won’t get too sticky, but it also offers enough hold to keep your style looking good all day long.

Tip:

Don’t overdo it with the backcombing here! As I mentioned above, you want your hair to look a bit undone and the curls don’t need to have perfect form, but you don’t want it to look like a rat’s nest. Backcomb only a tiny bit to start. You can always add more backcombing later if needed.

Sexy and to the Side

Pulling all of your hair to one side and pinning a bit back can draw attention to all the right places!

Long Blonde Side Swept HairstyleLong Blonde Side Swept Hairstyle Back View

How To Style:

  1. Begin by curling your hair using a medium to large curling iron. Brush through your curls with a flat paddle brush to make them look uniform and so that they are all following the same curl pattern.
  2. Gather a section of hair right above one ear and use a comb to smooth it out. If needed, spray a bit of hairspray on the section.
  3. Secure this section back using a bobby pin.
  4. Place the other hair on your head so that it falls over the bobby pin and hides it.
  5. Spray everything with a strong hold finishing spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Long, medium or short hair will look great with this style! Keep in mind that long hair will look a bit more dramatic all pulled to one side. If you have any asymmetrical features that you are looking to disguise and/or balance out, this style is perfect!

Recommended Products:

I am totally loving Super Goo by Kevin Murphy for smoothing out the pinned back section. A little bit goes a long way though, so don’t over do it!

Boho Braid Headband

A cute braid to frame your face is a no brainer — totally elegant and stunning!

braided crown hairstyle

How To Style:

  1. Curl your hair using a 1¼-inch curling iron or wand.
  2. Take a section of hair that begins above one ear and begin braiding it; an inside out French braid is ideal. Pin the end of the braid with a bobby pin and hide it behind your ear.
  3. Pull the other hair on your head forward so it covers the spots where the braid begins and where it ends.
  4. Spray everything with a light hold finishing spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This trendy yet simple look is easiest to create on someone with long, thick hair. This look will accentuate your forehead and beautiful eyebrow shape. A pair of statement earrings would be a nice accessory to this style.

Recommended Products:

If your hair is über clean when you are wanting to create this look, the braid may be a little difficult to do. Try spraying it with a working spray before getting started. I like Spray de Mode by Bumble and Bumble.

Tip:

If you have long hair but it’s not super thick, try clipping a small clip-in extension in behind one ear where the braid begins to add thickness to your braid.

All The Way Up

Having all of the hair out of your face (but not slicked tightly back) is such an elegant way to show off feminine features.

Elegant Updo with CurlsElegant Updo with Curls Back View

How To Style:

  1. Curl all of your hair using a small curling iron.
  2. Leave out some hair around the front of your face, then gather your hair into three small ponytails. One at the crown of your head, one in the back/middle of your head, and one near the nape of your neck.
  3. Begin taking pieces of hair from the ponytail and securing them to your head using bobby pins. Place them strategically so that all of the ponytails are hidden.
  4. Pull back a bit of the hair around your hairline and pin it as well. Leave out some hair around your ears and hairline if desired.
  5. If you have a hair flower or accessory like the one shown in the photo, place it wherever desired.
  6. Spray everything with a light hold finishing spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Long, thick hair is ideal for a look like this while short hair would make the look appear too sparce. If you have a longer, more oval shaped face, this look is absolutely perfect for you!

Recommended Products:

To add a little shine and texture to the ends of the curls, try Brilliantine texturizing cream by Bumble and Bumble. Put a small amount on your fingers and gently rub it over the ends of each section. It will add the perfect amount of definition!

Uniquely Understated

This look is just that — understated. The simplicity of it exudes chic elegance.

Simple Elegant Hairstyle with CurlsSimple Elegant Hairstyle with Curls Side View

How To Style:

  1. Part your hair as desired and then curl each section using a medium-sized curling iron or wand.
  2. Run your fingers through the curls to soften and loosen them a bit.
  3. Gather a small section of hair above one ear and pull it back. Secure it using a bobby pin.
  4. Spray everything with a light hold finishing spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is literally suited for any hair type or length. It’s incredibly simple and is so versatile. If you have a round face, this look will work well for you.

Recommended Products:

If you have finer hair and want to be sure your style stays put all day, try spraying each strand with a working hairspray before you curl it. Air Control by Aveda is a perfect option.

Soft and Swept Back

Pulling all of the hair loosely back with only a few face framing pieces left out creates a stunning and sophisticated look.

Soft Sophisticated Hairstyle

How To Style:

  1. Curl all of your hair using a small curling iron.
  2. Back comb the top section of your hair, then smooth it using a backcombing brush.
  3. Leave out your bangs and a few pieces of hair around your hairline, then secure the rest of your hair back into a low ponytail.
  4. Use a small section of hair from the ponytail to wrap around and hide the ponytail holder. Secure it with a bobby pin.
  5. Spray everything with a light hold finishing spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is perfect if you have short to medium hair and want to keep it out of your face. If you have a lovely side fringe to show off, this style will work well for you. A round face shape will be complemented by this look.

Recommended Products:

To give your look a little extra shine, spray a bit of Kevin Murphy’s Shimmer Shine in your hands and run it through your curls before you secure them back into a ponytail. Avoid your roots though and keep it mostly on the ends of your hair.

A Pretty “Ponytail”

With a little bit of height and body around your face and some intricate curls in the back, this look is a great way to showcase some blingy accessories or show off a beautiful makeup application. Although it looks like a normal pony from the front, the back tells a different story!

Elegant HairstylesElegant Updo with Body Side View

How To Style:

  1. Begin by curling your hair using a small curling iron.
  2. Back comb the section of hair that falls between your eyebrows. Smooth it down and then secure it back using a bobby pin.
  3. Gather the rest of your hair and smooth down the sides using a comb. Secure this hair back using a ponytail holder.
  4. Grab sections of the ponytail and pin them to make the back appear more random and not like you simply have a ponytail.
  5. Spray everything with a light hold finishing spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This smoothed back style will be easiest to create on those with shorter hair that’s fine. This look is especially perfect for you if you have short layers around your face. An oval or heart shaped face will be complemented by this look.

Recommended Products:

Try Aveda’s Brilliant Styling Cream to smooth back the sides of your hair. It’s light and won’t get crunchy, but will eliminate any frizz or flyaways.

Freshly Floral

If you’re heading to a special occasion and want to add a little extra oomph to your style, a fresh (or faux) flower is a great option!

Medium Curly Hairstyle with FlowerMedium Curly Hairstyle with Flower Side View

How To Style:

  1. Use a three barrel waving iron to curl your hair. If you want a more naturally curled look, try a medium-sized curling iron.
  2. When hair is styled as desired, spray everything with a light hold finishing spray and then use a bobby pin to secure the flower in your hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

I love this look if you have shorter hair like the model in the photo. Any texture of hair will work well for this and virtually any face shape is suited to this look. The attention is focused on your hair adornment!

Recommended Products:

A great light hold finishing spray is crucial to this style as well as many others. I love Classic Hairspray by Bumble and Bumble. It’s light and won’t make your hair crunchy!

The Gorgeous Goddess

This hairstyle is soft and beautiful. It’s versatile and will transition well from a day at the office to a night out on the town!

Soft Versatile Hairstyle with CurlsSoft Versatile Hairstyle with Curls Side View

How To Style:

  1. Use a medium-sized curling iron to curl your hair.
  2. Gather a section of hair on either side of your head and twist it back to behind your ear. Secure with a bobby pin.
  3. Place the rest of your hair over the bobby pin so it’s hidden.
  4. Spray everything with a light hold finishing spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style is perfect for you if you have short or medium length hair that’s not too frizzy in nature. If you have a heart shaped face, this look will complement it and highlight your features.

Recommended Products:

If you don’t have a good curling iron, it’s time to start thinking about investing in one! I like anything by Hot Tools. They make excellent products that aren’t too expensive and stand the test of time!

Elegance goes far beyond just your hairstyle, it’s about being classy and confident. Always rock your outfit, makeup, accessories and hair proudly — you will surprised at what an impression it makes on people. Try one of these elegant hairstyles for your next special occasion and see where your confidence takes you!