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Black Tie Event Hairstyle Ideas

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Sometimes, the right hairstyle can be all you need to truly make an outfit pop. For a black tie occasion a simple blow-dry just isn’t enough, and though you may leave the salon wishing you knew the blowdrying technique your sorceress of a hairdresser utilised to get your hair just the right amount of wispy, sometimes we crave a little more.

Are you the type to fall back on the same hairstyle no matter the event? We’ve all been there; but in the realm of hair, there’s so much possibility — so much versatility! Whether your hair is thick, thin, dry, long, or short – we’ve assembled a list of possible hairstyles to wear to your next black tie event; bound to turn heads, and add the perfect finishing touch to your winning outfit.

The Updo

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A sparkly hairpin can add an elegant touch to any up-do. To achieve this look, give your hair a simple oil treatment to imbue it with smoothness and shine, before giving it a blow-dry, and some hairspray to add volume. Even if your hair is going to be tied back, volume is still key!

Glam up your hairdo with a simple but sparkly accessory to bring attention to your artful curls! Whether it’s a headband, a pin, or even a small, understated tiara – some dazzle for your hair is always a welcome addition to a black tie look.

Hairstyles like these go best with dresses that feature intricate detailing such as hand beading, florals, lace or mesh. When paired with high-collars, and full-length sleeves, there can often be so much going on with the dress that it’s best to aim for more understated accessories to keep your look inspired, and elegant.

grace and blaze jennifer gown black tie

A dress like the Jennifer Gown by Grace and Blaze, which features beautiful beading and an elegant floor length mermaid skirt, is perfectly matched with an elegant updo. Dress yours up with smokey eyes and glossy lips.

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marchesa black dress by elle zeitoune black tie

The Marchesa Dress by Elle Zeitoune features gorgeous full length, off the shoulder lace sleeves, a flattering body con fit and a stunning flared skirt. This statement black tie look is best suited to more simplistic accessories. Dress yours up with an inspired up-do, a simple black clutch, and matching heels!

With your chosen accessory in your hair, rather than about your neck, or hanging from your ears, your outfit is kept from clashing, from being too glaring, or too complicated. With your hair tied back, the attention is left to your dress, with nothing to distract from its demure hemline. But, of course, this hairstyle can be worn with any dress you choose! As long as you feel comfortable, and confident, that’s all that matters!

The Ponytail


The ubiquitous ponytail can be worn a dozen different ways, and there’s no reason you can’t rock it with the right dress to a black tie event. Sleek and simple, an elegant ponytail can add a contemporary edge to a classic look.

Style your hair with some mousse before getting started. Towel dry your hair, and blow-dry it with a centre part. Before allowing your hair to dry completely, section it off and twine it into loose braids. Once dry, pull it free, mist your hair with some volume refreshing spray, tease the crown, and tie your hair back! Pull some threads free to frame your face with a natural, wispy flair, and top off your ponytail with a small ribbon if you’re feeling daring.

michael lo sordo silk satin maxi dress black tie

For a seriously sexy look choose the Silk Satin Maxi Dress by Michael Lo Sordo. Luxurious fabrication, long blouson sleeves, a thigh high split and careful tailoring make the perfect match for a sleek ponytail. Pair with statement earrings, a simple clutch, and a pair of nude heels!

lace frill jumpsuit self portrait black tie

For a more daring black tie look, pair this hairstyle with the Lace Frill Jumpsuit by Self Portrait. Keep your accessories understated, let the incredible cut out lace detailing and off the shoulder neckline shine!

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Glamorous Waves

glamorous waves black tie hair trends at the OSCARS

To create the perfect, super soft waves — reach for hot rollers! After allowing your hair to dry completely, give it a deep part to one side. Spray your heated rollers with hairspray, then gradually wrap your hair around them in sections. Roll them toward your face, and leave them in until they have had time to cool. Don’t rush them! When you remove them, comb through your curls with a flat brush, and finish with some hairspray to lock them in.

This style is best paired with elegant dresses that feature intricate detailing along the décolletage – such as the plunging lace v neck on the Babys Breath Gown – Cherry by Grace & Hart. Featuring a cold shoulder design and a dramatic mermaid hem, in a gorgeous, wine red, romantic waves are the perfect finishing touch to this fairytale dress.

The Verushka Gown features a dreamy floral print, subtle side cut outs, with sophisticated mesh detail, that, when framed by your elegant, loose curls, will look absolutely stunning! Finish your black tie look off with a statement earrings, black heels, and a pink lip!

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