Special Occasion Hairstyles
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Special Occasion Hairstyles

Whether you're attending a party, wedding, or just getting glammed up for date night, it's essential to have chic, modern updos and gorgeous hairstyles in your arsenal. These stunning styles are easy enough to DIY at home.

Twisted Chignon

Give your classic bun new life with gorgeous twists. This chic hairstyle looks complicated but is easy to DIY.

Tip Make sure to add volume to the front of the style for a modern, romantic look that is not too severe.


Sexy French Twist

This elegant style is perfect for almost any occasion--wear it to your next corporate event as the perfect compliment to your LBD.

Tip: If you have fine hair, try padding -- with either a foam or hair piece -- and back combing for added shape.


Romantic Bridal Style

No stuffy updos here, the modern bride embraces a little romance in her look on the big day.

Tip: Prepare hair first with a curling iron, or pin curls, to add body. For style staying power, minimize fussing with your special occasion hair. If needed, fix and adjust hair with fingertips only.


Sophisticated Sock Bun

The sock bun is a trendy, chic take on the classic bun. Rock it at your next fabulous party or concert.

Tip: If you have trouble shaping your bun or you need more volume, use a hair donut. You can buy them at hair supply stores.


Short Hair Updo

Short hair doesn't have to mean limited styling options. This easy updo is a quick solution for any special event.

Tip: Before creating your updo, use a curling iron first to add texture to your short style.


Flower Child

Give your hair a bohemian twist with a simple updo accessorized with floral accents. This style can be achieved by wearing an elastic headband around your head (over your hair not under) and rolling up your hair, tucking the ends under the headband as you go. Add small flowers to the style when all the hair is in place and pinned.

Tip: Hair is easier to handle and has more grab and hold if it is not freshly washed.

Hollywood Glamour

This stunning look is a nod to screen sirens like Veronica Lake. It has just a touch of ladylike, retro style.

Tip: Use hot rollers to create the big, barrel curls for this style. Make sure to let the rollers cool completely before removing them so the curl sets.


A Downton Abbey-Inspired 'Do

The 20s were an elegant, daring period in fashion and beauty and this look has just the right amount of flapper style.

Tip: Any type of headband will work for this look. Try an embellished version for a special event.


An Always-Classic Style

A classic bun is a hairstyle that every woman should know how to create. Our step-by-step instructions make it easy to master this look.

Tip: Before you begin styling your bun, tease your hair to give it a voluminous, modern look.


Pretty Pony

The side ponytail is back -- but with a modern twist.

Tip: Try a hair piece or extensions to add length. Style hair with rollers to add body.



When the temperatures are rising you need a party hairstyle that is low maintenance. This look is your new go-to.

Tip: You don't want your hair to look plastered to your head, so make a deep part on the opposite side of your natural part. "This will give your hair built-in lift," says stylist Mark Garrison.


Perfect Wavy Hair

One of the most-coveted special occasion hairstyles is gorgeous, Victoria-Secret-modelesque waves. We'll show you how to get them!

Tip: The key to this look is shaking out your curls so they don't look too "done."