2019 is finally coming to an end, and honestly—lets all breathe a sigh of relief. This. Year. Was. A. Doozy. We’re looking forward to kicking off the next decade with much better vibes—and even better hair. Before we can leave 2019 in the past, however, we’ve got to survive the last few days of the year, and lucky for us, they’re jam-packed with parties!
Christmas is all about cozying up with your family, but New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to throw on your best sequined jumpsuit and hit the town with your friends. The goal is to have cute hair every day of the year, but let’s be real, who has time for that? Which is why we save our cutest, most Instagram-worthy hairstyles for special occasions. And what’s more special than kicking off the newest decade with your closest friends and maybe even a midnight kiss?
If you want to make sure your midnight smooch goes off without a hitch, you’re going to really have to bring it. We’ve rounded up 10 cute hairstyles to ring in the new year that will set the stage to ensure you have the best decade—and hair—of your life.
The Best Cute Hairstyles To Try Now
Good hair day by @leauxmane.
If you’re not sparkling on New Year’s Eve—you’re doing it wrong. Make your mane the center of attention with an over-the-top all-over sparkly barrette look. You may need to enlist the help of a friend to pull this off, so don’t be surprised when she loves it so much she asks you to return the favor.
Half-Up Braided Space Buns
If you’re looking for a style that’s equal parts cute and rock and roll, opt for these braided space buns. Space buns are the ultimate party hairstyle, and pairing them with braids is one of our favorite ways to take this style to the next level.
Good hair day by @blay.locks.
We may be entering a new decade, but we love this modern spin on a blast-from-the-past hairstyle. Instead of relying on a crimper to give you those mini waves, use braids to create that enviable texture.
Starting with freshly washed and conditioned hair, rake a volumizing mousse like Matrix Total Results High Amplify Foam Volumizer Mousse throughout your hair to give your strands some body and hold. Then, part your hair into six to eight even sections and braid each section into a three-strand braid. Once your braids are completely dry, take them out and gently rake through your strands to give your mane a bit of movement. Set your look with Matrix Total Results High Amplify Proforma Frizz Control Hairspray.
Good hair day by @pekelariley.
Ballerina buns are anything but basic—as long as you know how to accessorize them the right way. This high, knotted bun complete with spiked accessories is bound to turn heads once the clock strikes midnight.
Good hair day by @styledbyreece.
Three-Strand Twist Out
We’ve all heard of a two-strand twist, but have you heard of a three-strand twist? Didn’t think so. Check out our tutorial on how to pull off this flawless three-strand twist out.
Good hair day by @daviddamours.
We’re fans of head to toe sparkle but is subtlely is more your thing, we’ve got you covered. Craft your favorite hairstyle and finish your look with a few strategically placed sparkly clips.
Good hair day by @alstyling.
Ponytails may be your go-to lazy hairstyle, but they only have to be simple if you want them to be. Take your ponytail to the next level with high, party ponytail with cascading curls.
Good hair day by @pekelariley.
Middle Part Accent Braid
You don’t need an all-over braided style to make a statement. Let your mane hang loose and complete your style with a middle part accent braid.
Nothing says party hair like a mane full of glamorous curls. Start at the back of your head, working with 2-inch sections of clean, dry hair. Spray each one with a heat protectant like Redken’s Iron Shape 11: Thermal Holding Heat Protection Spray before wrapping around a one-inch curling iron. Hold or clamp each section of hair until just heated through, approximately 30-60 seconds depending on your hair’s thickness.
Continue curling 2-inch sections of your hair until you’ve completed your entire head. Once you’ve finished curling your hair, give your curls a tassel for extra movement. Set your look in place with Redken Triple Pure 32 Neutral Fragrance Hairspray.
Good hair day by @annette_updo_artist.
Can’t decide between a bun and a braid? Why choose when you can have both! Combine these classic styles for a final look you’ll want to repeat over and over.
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