32 Easy DIY Date Night Hairstyles for 2023

Date night hairstyles
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Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

The man of your dreams finally asked you on a date, and now you’re freaking out about your outfit and hair! Sound familiar? Well, take a chill pill, girlfriend. Whether you’re headed to a sporting event or a five-star restaurant, these to-die-for date night hairstyles are bound to make a lasting impression!

The Power Ponytail for Date Nights
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#1: The Power Pony

Are you headed to drinks with your date after work? Sport the power pony! “The volume in this hairstyle makes it great for the transition from day to night,” notes Donet Dee Eiwasian, a stylist at Assembly Salon in LA. First, blow dry your hair to achieve sleek-looking locks. Take sections at the crown next (as shown in the photo), and tease your hair at the root. Secure the “pouf” with bobby pins in a crisscross pattern below your crown. Now, take the rest of your hair and put it up into a ponytail. Grab the end of the teased and secured section and wrap this around the base of your pony to hide the hair elastic. Secure with bobby pins, and you’re ready to roll.

Dark Auburn Blowout for Date Night
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#2: Dark Auburn Blowout

A dark auburn color with a voluminous blowout is a sexy and sultry hairstyle. Dark auburn hair has elements of copper, red, and brown, making it a rich hair color for the fall and winter seasons. Auburn hair can perfectly contrast with peachy or pink skin tones, leaving these natural features as the main highlight. Whether you’re going on a date or hanging with friends, this hairstyle suits any event.

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#3: Full and Messy Choppy Long Bob

If you’re searching for a fresh new style, try this full and messy choppy long bob. This chic mid-length hairstyle cleverly blends a bob with long layered elements. Creating waves can best highlight this lob. Be sure to invest in a flat iron to achieve effortless beachy waves.

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#4: Simple Side Parted Long Curled Hair

Looking for a simple yet stylish style for a wedding or event? You should consider a soft side-parted, long, curled hairstyle. Use a medium to hard-hold spray to set your style. First, part your hair to the side. Next, spray each section that’s no larger than your curling iron. Then, hold the curl in your hand until it cools. This technique gives your hair a Hollywood-wave look. Like many other simple hairstyles, this one works best for those with thick, long hair.

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#5: The Runway Blowout

This look works in practically any setting, especially on a fancy, schmancy dinner date. Roughly blow dry your hair or use your round brush to get strands extra sleek. Wrap sections around a large 1.5-inch curling iron; don’t brush out the curl. Let your hair completely cool before repeating on your entire head. Once it’s cooled the second time, brush out, and voila: you have a beautiful, salon-worthy blowout!

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#6: Night Out Curls

Try this hairstyle for long hair that will surely get you asked for a second date! It’s super sexy and, at the same time, gets the hair out of your face while your hair is still down.

Textured Updo for Date Night
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#7: An Artistic Textured Updo

Many women only associate long hair as sexy, but I believe hair pulled up is even more seductive because you can see the neck of the woman. To fashion this style, apply Obliphica Professional Multi Task Styling Cream to damp hair and distribute evenly. Blow dry your hair upside down, and grab sections of hair starting in the lower back; pin these with bobby pins. Work your way up to the front, letting your creativity flow by sculpting and molding your desired shape. Remember, it’s all about that texture!

Boho Romance Date Night Hairstyle
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#8: Boho Romance

Looking for going-out hairstyles? This look is a boho romance. I love all the dimensions of her hair color. It adds to the beauty and especially the volume! Who doesn’t love volume? I added extensions that match some of her existing highlights. Puff Me by Design.ME Hair was used for added grip. The dry texture spray from Amika was used to add some hold to the curls and add volume.

A gentle backcomb at the crown helps add volume and ensures your style will last. I used my Babyliss Pro 1 1/4-inch curling iron and left some of the ends out for a beachy boho look. This look is on trend and very current. This look is perfect for a woman who has a sense of style and is looking for a sexy style. Add some clip-in extensions for fun and to change your everyday look!

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#9: Romantic Updo for Medium-Length Hair

Consider a romantic updo for medium-length hair on your next date night. Sweep the hair up into a low bun and toss in a couple of hair accessories for a special evening out. Remember to pull out some face-framing bits for your date hairstyles to soften the look even more.

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#10: Braided Pony

Channel romance with this sexy hairstyle that starts with a loose thick braid and ends in a bun. Leave some wavy pieces in front and wrap a pretty scarf around that cute bun; you’re good to go!

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#11: Hot Rollers and Heat Styled Hair

Hot rollers and heat-styled hair are great tools to get a long-lasting style. If you can, leave your hot rollers in while you get ready. Or, mix your heat-styled hair with the right combination of products, and it will last all week long. Remember to finish with hair spray, and you’re ready.

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#12: Subtle and Bold

Save time and effort when wearing these charming twisted buns on your date night! Start with a section of hair on each side, twist it reaches the back of your head, then finish into a low bun. It’s that simple!

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#13: Lovely and Warm

This soft, easy style transitions seamlessly from shopping with girlfriends to date night. The swept off the face look is functional and accentuates the face shape. It can be moved higher or lower on the head based on the individual’s features. I love that it shows the nuances of her hair color and is lived-in and not overdone. Who doesn’t love a boho braid?

This dinner hair style is versatile and suitable for many hair types and textures. A young professional on the weekend looks on trend and evokes major hair envy. Once dry, the hair was set on a 1 1/4 inch barrel Babyliss Pro curling iron, misting Infinium 3 on each section before curling for heat protection and support. After combing out the curls with my fingers, braiding, and placing, the style was set with Extreme Lacquer to provide a firm hold and humidity protection.

Picture of date night waves
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#14: Date Night Waves

This is a red carpet hair inspired by 1940s Hollywood. My favorite thing about such night-out hairstyles is the soft and touchable waves. This style adds instant glam to any outfit. You must prep your hair with a smoothing cream (from Aveda’s Smooth Infusion Line). Set the hair on medium-sized rollers or curling iron, then allow it to cool. Use a boar or nylon mix hairbrush, such as a Mason Pearson Brush, and brush thoroughly from scalp to ends. This will give your hair a soft and glossy finish.

Picture of a boho pull-part braids date night hairstyle
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#15: Boho Pull-Part Braids

This look is both feminine and romantic. The fact that it’s pulled-apart and the style it is tousled, rather than tight, gives off a relaxed yet flirty vibe. I love that this look is so versatile and could be worn in a formal or casual setting. It’s perfect for a date night or a night out with the girls!

For anybody who may try this, products are your friend! A good spray or texturizing powder will make a difference, especially when pulling the braid apart, so don’t be afraid to use the product! In this case, I used Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. Remember, this particular look is best suited for clients with medium to long hair (past the shoulders) and would work best with a medium hair type.

Effortless Glam hairstyle
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#16: Effortless Glam

This look is effortless glam. This is an easy and quick look that can be done on dirty hair. Basic styling skills can give you this high-impact look to help you go from work to date night in just a few minutes.

For the waves, curl the hair in small sections but in different directions as you go. If your hair doesn’t hold a curl well, wait until your head is curled before you shake it. Add a simple three-strand braid from your part to one side, then pin it under the top layer of waves to hide the hair tie. Finish with Bumble and Bumble’s Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Spray for added shine and UV protection.

Romantic & Versatile hairstyle
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#17: Romantic & Versatile

I want to describe this look as so many things. It is perfect for someone that wants that romantic, bohemian, beachy, flirty, messy, not-too-put-together look. I love that it is versatile and you can wear it for any occasion. The one thing I tell all of my clients is not to overdo it. Everyone (even me) tries too hard to get that perfect look, and it looks overdone, or you just get bored halfway through! Step away from the mirror, braid the hair, and then look at your creation. Don’t forget to pinch and pull the hair. So many people are scared to touch/pull the hair (even curls) as they think it will get destroyed. It only makes the hairstyle look extra soft, pretty, and romantic.

No matter the hair type, styling products are significantly important with braids and hairstyles like this. I love to use Windblown from Redken or Texturizing Volume Spray from Balmain for looks like this. I would probably put in some dry shampoo as well! If you’re in a rush and don’t have any of these products, I advise using anything that will give the hair some dry texture and body. And don’t be afraid to use it a whole lot!

Whimsical with a Boho Twist hairstyle
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#18: Whimsical with a Boho Twist

This look is whimsical with a boho twist. My favorite thing about it is that it looks intricate but is easy to achieve! This style will work on almost any hair type as long as your hair can fit into a small ponytail in the back. Try using small clear elastics instead of regular ponytail holders when tying off the ponytails and fishtail braid. This is great for a quick style that keeps your hair pulled out of your face and can be achieved with straight or curly hair. I suggest finishing the look with your favorite hairspray to ensure it stays in place.

Bohemian Bloused Braid hairstyle
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#19: Bohemian Bloused Braid

The bohemian bloused braid is side-swept, pulled through the crown, and finished with a fishtail braid through the ends. My favorite thing about this look is the effortless, tousled texture. This look is best for medium to long hair with long or no layers. Set the style by using Moroccanoil’s signature Texture Blowout. Use Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray to expand your waves and Moroccanoil Molding Cream to control and blouse the braid.

Soft Romantic Waves hairstyle
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#20: Soft Romantic Waves

I describe this look as soft, romantic waves. It is voluminous without being overly “done.” For this client, we do balayage highlights and layers. The style accentuates the different colors and layers in her hair.

I advise this look to start with blow-drying hair using the Kenra Blow Dry Spray and a round brush. The dry blow spray provides heat protection, and the round brush helps smooth hair and give volume. For the curls, use a 1-inch curling iron and start from the bottom, dropping out one-inch sections at a time and clipping up the rest of the hair. I curled all my hair in the same direction, away from the face. Once all curled, put a small amount of Kenra Daily Defense Oil and run it through the hair while breaking up curls. Set the hair with Kenra #13 Medium Hold Hairspray.

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#21: Twisted Side-Swept Style

This is a twisted, side-swept style. I love this style for how soft and romantic it is. This look would be perfect for a special romantic night out or a wedding! It can be dressed up by adding a nice broach clip where the twists meet on the side of the head. Depending on the desired style, the curls can be changed to loose waves or tighter curls. This hairstyle can be created with any hair type and is best with shoulder-length or longer hair.

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#22: Boho Chic Style

When I created this look, I started wondering what the result would be. All I knew was that my goal was to create a boho chic style. The braid helped me accomplish that. This style gives off a fun bohemian vibe yet still has a chic and elegant look. This style is so fun and flexible that it can be worn in a casual setting or a formal environment. What I love about this look is that it can be created at home with all different hair types. The secret ingredient to getting this look is the volume in the braid. Curling the hair creates volume, but if you are like me with fine/straight hair, you might need more help. I find my help in volumizing powders. My favorites are Powder Play by Sexyhair and Puff Me by Designme Hair. I recommend topping it off with some Big Sexy Hair hairspray.

Faux Braid hairstyle
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#23: Faux Braid

My favorite thing about this look is how the faux braid takes a simple curled hairstyle and turns it into a fun hairstyle! Clients are always telling me how they can’t braid, and the best part about this style is how easy this faux braid is. Anyone can do it! To recreate this look, I recommend using a texture spray (my favorite is the UNITE texture spray), one 1/4-inch curling iron, hairspray, and little rubber bands that are the color of your hair.

My tip for curling is always to curl away from your face. If you’re going for a more messy look, leave the last inch or two of your ends out of the curling iron and use lots of texture spray! This look can be worn in many ways, so don’t be afraid to make it messy! I recommend this style for medium to long hair. Whether it is thin or thick, this style will work for you!

Softs Curls With a Twist hairstyle
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#24: Softs Curls With a Twist

This look is a half-up look twisted into soft curls. My favorite thing about it is its softness and versatility. This could be worn for a casual date or a more formal occasion. Either way, you’re going to look great and feel appropriate! This type of style would be great for anyone! This client had a ton of hair, so she still has a ton of thickness on the bottom. These date night hair ideas would look great on long or short hair and can also be done on finer hair. Just know that you won’t have quite as much fullness.

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sleek high bun date night hairstyle
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#25 A Simple, Sleek High Bun

side chignon date night hairstyle
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#26 The Whimsical Side Chignon

boho beach waves for date night
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#27 Boho Beach Waves

wavy side ponytail for date night
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#28 A Super Quick & Wavy Side Pony

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#29: A Chignon With Serious Flower Power

There’s nothing more romantic than accessorizing your easy date night hairstyles with a flower! Using your fingers to amp up texture, rake your hair back into a low ponytail. Loosely twist the ends, and pin them to form an asymmetrical chignon. Treat yourself to a beautiful bouquet of fresh spring flowers, and secure one in your hair for the perfect accent. You can also find flirty, clip-on faux flowers at your local drugstore or beauty supply store.

Voluminous Soft Waves
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#30: Voluminous Soft Waves

effortless date night hairstyle
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#31 Effortless Sex Kitten Hair

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#32: Vintage Hollywood Waves

Vintage Hollywood waves are always in. I suggest spraying damp hair with a volumizer, mixing styling cream with Treatment Serum, and distributing evenly. Create a razor-straight side part (it must be straight!), and blow dry your hair with a roller brush. Set waves with hot rollers, all going downward and toward your face. Let cool before brushing out and into shape. To help mold the shape, use a comb and your fingers. Finally, spritz with some hairspray and get ready to blow your date away!