Grab your grips, hairspray and glitter because the party season is upon us. It’s the one time of year where you can break out of your usual hairstyle routine and go to town with styling.
But how do you choose which style to go for? Why not let your party outfit dictate your hair decision. Trouser suit or sparkly gown, what you’re wearing is a good starting point for your styling. If in doubt, take a shot of your outfit and show it to your hairstylist so they can create a bespoke style to suit your look. It’s not only necklines you need to consider, but the mood of your outfit, whether it’s modern day tomboy, or Hollywood siren vibes.
“We draw party season inspiration from the most fashionable red carpet events of the calendar – even if they’re much earlier in the year, like the February awards season” says Ashleigh Hodges, Matrix Artistic Director (@ashleigh2025).
“As stylists, we look to celebrity and influencer glam hair looks because that’s what inspires clients.”
Time to pick your party season favourite. Ready, set, style…
1. Slick Back Chic
Crops, bobs or longer hair, the slicked back look is ideal if you’ve got a busy neckline or want to go to town with statement jewellery. It looks super-chic and modern and keeps all the focus on your outfit. “The ‘done’ wet hair trend works great on any hair length and style – it’s a catwalk trend that’s now mainstream,” says Ashleigh Hodges, who styled the look.
PRO TIP: Style the ends to make it look polished rather than just-stepped-out-of-shower.
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2. Catwalk Cool Quiff
Add major drama to a tux or trouser suit coord with a modern day quiff. It’s tomboy-ish but feminine all at the same time, with smooth sides and height at the crown. Ashleigh says: “It’s so simple but so effective, and the styled quiff and slick sides look so current too.”
PRO TIP: Place pins vertically to hold the quiff back and set with hairspray when you’re ready.
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3. Razor Sharp Bob
When your outfit is embellished with excess glitter, sequins and sparkle, keep it fresh and contrast your hair with a super-clean and classic style. “Sometimes, it’s about remembering that less is more and achieving a seamless ﬁnish on something simple,” says Ashleigh.
PRO TIP: Polish with gloss and ﬁx ﬂyaways with hairspray to get that mirror-like ﬁnish.
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4. High Party Ponytail
It’s every red carpet goer’s favourite for its instant facelift powers. This high pony will add some structure if you’re wearing a floaty gown or cape. The loose waves stop the high placement from looking too tough.
PRO TIP: Tie the pony into place and then work the ponytail slightly higher to get added lift.
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5. Dancing Queen Knot
If you’re outfit’s structured or retro, try some modern texture to offset the look. Keep it loose but secure and it’s the perfect hairstyle for dancefloor queens that want to keep their hair off their face all night long. Ashleigh says: “The messier the better. Don’t over think this one - let your creativity lead you.”
PRO TIP: Backcomb into the roots throughout your hair to add structure.
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