Women dressed for special events
13 August 2019

Gorgeous Upstyles and Hairstyles to Rock Your Special Events and Formals

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As exciting as it is to be invited to a fancy event where you have an excuse to go shopping for a new dress and get your makeup done, the biggest question for most girls is always, what do I do with my hair?! Do I go for an updo hairstyle or wear it down? How do I make it look different to what I normally do every day? Thankfully the options these days are endless; gone are the hard and fast rules about needing to have all your hair off your face just because you are at a black-tie event. It does take some extra love to make your hair truly sizzle and be red carpet ready however. 

Keep reading for our guide to easy formal hairstyles you can achieve in the comfort of your own home, no trekking to the hairdresser needed. 


Formal Hairstyles with an 80's Vibe

Take an 80’s nod from Millie Bobby Brown of ‘Stranger Things’ with this beehive. To achieve this look, blow dry your hair upside down with mousse with the Digital Sensor Dryer.
Next tease the underneath layers at the root as much as possible, spraying generously with extra hold hairspray to finish. Smooth by brushing the top side lightly over. Secure with pins, a side fringe is optional to get this classic 80’s look.



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Semi Formal Hairstyles

When you look as stunning as Olivia and you have makeup that is on point, you can afford to opt for this low maintenance style. Blow dry hair with the 5Q Brilliance Dryer then secure into a loose half up, half down style, leaving two long fringe pieces out to finish for that 90’s throwback feel. 



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Occassion Hairstyles for Mid Length Hair

Mid length hair is perfect for that all back off the face traditional upstyle. To create this look, start by straightening your hair with the Brilliance Straight & Curl for a frizz free look and opt for a relaxed chignon style at the back, keeping it at mid height. Keep the look soft by skipping the hairspray to create a natural appearance. 

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Formal Hairstyles for Long Hair

Be as smug as Jennifer Lawrence knowing you have a polished, plaited upstyle. Start by straightening hair with the Diamond Luxe Straightening Brush then part into a side part, and plait or braid each side softly, have a look at some of our tutorials for ideas. Pull some soft pieces out around your face to frame to get this elegant look. 



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Updo Hairstyles

The ultimate classic updo can’t get anymore iconic than borrowing from Audrey Hepburn’s classic style as Natalie Portman has done here. Tease hair into a smooth beehive, adding volume with rollers like the Ultimate Salon Setter. Finish with a wide satin headband and a string of pearls to look like Audrey Hepburn. 



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Curly Upstyle

Use a tong like the 19mm Cermaic Curler to get this curly upstyle with ringlet curls. Wind the tong up towards the hair root or as far up the hair section as you want curls. 

TIP: roll hair starting from the bottom to create an even curl.

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Hairstyles with Volume

Be as glamorous as Katy Perry, with this deep side parted, hair down style with wave. For this looser, voluminous curl use the Curl Secret Optimum and work with bigger sections than you would normally, selecting the natural setting. To finish this glamorous look, soften with your fingers or a brush.



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Formal Hairstyles for Short Hair

Short hair looks great for an event when worn straight down. When looking to add an extra special touch to your short hair, you can flick your ends in or out to create a textured look. We recommend flicking your ends out  to match the style pictured below. Use the Digital Sensor Straightener to flick out the ends and get the look. 



Party Upstyles

Have your tresses stealing the show at a party by stealing this Kimmie K look. Blow dry hair with the 5Q Brilliance Dryer then separate into six even sections and opt for your tight braid of choice. Secure with bobby pins and spray, spray, spray! 



Special Occassion Hairstyles with Curl

The Curl Secret Optimum can be used to get this sultry curl look. Select your desired curl setting but to achieve this look we recommend the Sophisticated setting. Work on smaller sections for tighter curls and finish with hairspray for hold. Head here to learn more about this look and how Bonnie from Oz Beauty Expert creates curly styles using the Curl Secret Optimum.

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And if all else fails....



Create Theses Gorgeous Looks at Home for Your Special Event or Formal


These hairstyles are red carpet worthy, so we know you will look amazing. To get these hairstyles, you will need the right hair tools to achieve a salon worthy look at home. Check out our range of hair stylers, dryers and straighteners

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Love Your Style, the VS Sassoon Team x