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25 Elegant Formal Hairstyles For Girls

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25 Elegant Formal Hairstyles For Girls Hyderabd040-395603080 March 19, 2019

Homecoming, prom, winter formal…the list goes on!

Girls have a lot of events to dress up for, and you can’t sport your regular casual hairstyle to them. You need a hairstyle that looks elegant and stylish and suits your dress’s fashion statement. However, you also don’t want your hair to upstage your dress. Another thing to keep in mind is trends. All girls want to keep up with the latest trends, and it’s only natural that you want to be on top of your A-game.

Here are 25 trending chic formal hairstyles to help you have the best experience. You’ll want to try them out even if you don’t have an event coming up!

25 Elegant Formal Hairstyles For Girls

1. Low Bun

 Low Bun Pinit

jodycallanhair / Instagram

What You Need
  • Bobby pins
  • Curling iron
  • Hairspray
How To Do
  1. Brush your hair to remove all knots and tangles.
  2. Using a curling iron, curl your tresses lightly. You want your hair styled in loose curls.
  3. Brush out the curls to make them look more relaxed.
  4. Gather all your hair – leaving out your bangs and some strays – and wrap it in a low messy bun at the back.
  5. Secure the bun in place with bobby pins. Spritz on some hairspray to set the hairdo in place and prevent any frizz and flyaways.

2. Accessorized Low Bun

Accessorized Low Bun Pinit

theblondecurse / Instagram

What You Need
  • Bobby pins
  • Sectioning clips
  • Headband
  • Elastic bands
  • Comb
  • Curling iron
  • Barrette
  • Hairspray
How To Do
  1. Curl your hair using a curling iron and spritz on some hairspray to give it some hold.
  2. Brush your curls out and divide your hair horizontally into two sections, from ear to ear. Clip up the top section.
  3. Put the headband on, leaving the lower section underneath it.
  4. Twist hair from the sides of the lower section and tuck them into the headband.
  5. Gather the rest of the lower section and flip it within the headband a few times to form a bun.
  6. Pin the ends underneath the bun to hide them from view.
  7. Unclip the top half and create a pouf with the hair at the crown.
  8. Twist the side sections of hair and pin them over the bun.
  9. Accessorize with a fancy barrette and spritz on some hairspray to complete the look.

3. Crossed Half Updo

Crossed Half Updo Pinit

hair_by_amberbeth / Instagram

What You Need
  • Bobby pins
  • Elastic bands
  • Comb
  • Curling iron
  • Hairspray
How To Do
  1. Brush your hair with a comb to remove all knots and tangles.
  2. Curl your hair from mid-way down and spritz some hairspray on it.
  3. Comb the hair at the top and front of your head backward. If you have thin hair, tease it to give it some height.
  4. Comb the hair at the front backward and pin it at the crown.
  5. Pick up some hair from the sides, cross it over the pin, and tuck it underneath the pinned hair. Secure it in place with the help of bobby pins.
  6. Arrange your hair with the comb or your fingers to give it a natural look.

4. Dreamy Updo

What You Need
  • Brush
  • Curling iron
  • Elastic bands
  • Bobby pins
  • Hairspray
How To Do
  1. Brush your hair down to remove all knots.
  2. Using a curling iron, style your hair in loose curls. Curl your hair in medium or small sections.
  3. Pick up some hair from one side and weave it into a braid. Repeat the same on the other side as well.
  4. Gather the rest of your hair and pull it back, so it falls behind your shoulders.
  5. Wrap one curled section of hair at the back and pin it.
  6. Take another curled section of hair and wrap it around the previous section. Pin it in place.
  7. Keep wrapping the curls in this manner.
  8. Once all the sections are wrapped in a bun, wrap the braids around the bun and pin them in place.

5. Rolled-In Mohawk

What You Need
  • Round brush
  • Bobby pins
  • Hair gel
  • Fancy U-pins
How To Do
  1. Apply some gel foam to your hair and brush it towards the center to fashion it into a mohawk. Use bobby pins to keep it in place.
  2. Using the round brush, curl your hair in sections. Gather a section of hair, place the round brush on top of the section and the bottom and roll it towards your head.
  3. Make sure you don’t push the hair into the round brush. Roll the hair around the brush delicately. Once it’s rolled all the way, remove the brush carefully.
  4. Once all your hair is rolled in place, accessorize it with some fancy U-pins.

6. Braided Low Bun

Braided Low Bun Pinit

blo_addison / Instagram

What You Need
  • Big elastic band
  • Hairspray
  • Comb
How To Do
  1. Gather hair from one side and weave it into a braid.
  2. Weave a braid on the other side as well.
  3. Pancake the braids to give them a boho vibe.
  4. Gather the rest of your hair and tie it in a low ponytail.
  5. Topsy-tail the ponytail a few times to form the bun.
  6. Once you reach the end of your hair, pin the ends underneath the bun.
  7. Tuck the ends of the braids under the bun and pin them in place.

7. Messy Fishtail Braid

Messy Fishtail Braid Pinit

hairbyvalpitchford / Instagram

What You Need
  • Rat-tailed comb
  • Bobby pins
  • Elastic bands
How To Do
  1. Back-comb the hair at the top of your head to create a pouf and add height to your hairstyle.
  2. Gather the rest of your hair behind your shoulders and divide it into two sections: 1 and 2.
  3. Pick up a small section of hair from the outer side of section 1, cross it over and join it with the inner side of section 2.
  4. Then, pick up some hair from the outer side of section 2. Cross this over section 2 and merge it with the inner side of section 1.
  5. Keep weaving the braid in this fashion until you reach the end.
  6. Secure the ends with an elastic band.
  7. Pancake the braid to complete the look.

8. Bouffant Low Bun

Bouffant Low Bun Pinit

blo_addison  / Instagram

What You Need
  • Bobby pins
  • Elastic bands
  • Comb
  • Hairspray
How To Do
  1. Tease the hair at the top of your head to form a bouffant.
  2. Gather the rest of your hair, leaving out just a small section of hair at the bottom.
  3. Wrap your hair in a tight bun. You can use hair gel to make it slick if needed.
  4. Secure the bun with bobby pins.
  5. Wrap the small section of hair around the base of the bun and pin it in place.
  6. Give the bun a generous hit of hairspray to secure it in place.

9. Braided Mohawk

Braided Mohawk Pinit

chloe.beebridal / Instagram

What You Need
  • Bobby pins
  • Elastic bands
  • Comb
  • Hairspray
How To Do
  1. Brush all your hair at the back, so it falls behind your shoulders.
  2. Begin weaving a loose Dutch braid.
  3. Once you reach your back hairline, weave the braid like a regular braid.
  4. Secure the ends with an elastic band.
  5. Tuck the ends within the braid using bobby pins.
  6. Pancake the braid to add a romantic vibe to the look.

10. French Neat Bun

French Neat Bun Pinit

hairby_jackiev  / Instagram

What You Need
  • Comb
  • Bobby pins
  • Hairspray
How To Do
  1. Gather all your hair, leaving out medium-sized sections of hair from the front on each side.
  2. Tie your hair in a low ponytail with an elastic band.
  3. Topsy-tail the ponytail a few times to form a bun.
  4. Once you reach the end, tuck the remaining hair within the bun.
  5. Pick up one of the sections from the front, cross it over to the other side, and wrap it around the bun.
  6. Repeat the same with the other section of hair.
  7. Use bobby pins to secure the hair in place.
  8. Spritz on some hairspray and go slay!

11. Curly Locks

Curly Locks Pinit

labelleviesalon / Instagram

What You Need
  • Curling iron
  • Comb
  • Hairspray
How To Do
  1. Comb your hair to remove all knots and tangles.
  2. Curl your hair in medium-sized sections to add volume to your tresses.
  3. After curling all your locks, spritz on some hairspray and run your fingers through them to add a relaxed vibe to the look.

12. High Ponytail

What You Need
  • Brush
  • Elastic band
  • Curling iron
  • Hollow hoop clip
  • Hairspray
How To Do
  1. Brush all your hair up and gather it at the crown.
  2. Secure it with an elastic band.
  3. Clip on the hoop clip.
  4. Curl the ends of your hair with the curling iron.
  5. Spritz on some hairspray to finish off the look.

13. High Messy Bun

High Messy Bun Pinit

worldofnayab / Instagram

What You Need
  • Comb
  • Brush
  • Bobby pins
  • Hairspray
How To Do
  1. Gather all your hair in a ponytail at the top of your head. Allow your bangs and a few stray strands of hair to fall loose.
  2. While holding the base of the ponytail, loosen the hair around your head.
  3. Wrap the ponytail in a loose, messy bun and secure it with bobby pins.
  4. Finish off the look with a few hits of hairspray.

14. Dutch Braid

Dutch Braid Pinit

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What You Need
  • Brush
  • Rat-tailed comb
  • Elastic bands
  • Hairspray
How To Do
  1. Brush your hair back and weave it in a Dutch braid.
  2. Keep adding hair to the middle section with each stitch to do this braid.
  3. Secure the braid at the end with an elastic band.
  4. Using the end of the rat-tail comb, gently tug out hair from each stitch to add dimension to the braid. You will also have to use your hand to ensure you don’t pull out excess hair or ruin the braid.
  5. Pancake the braid to flatten it and make it look bigger.
  6. Spritz on some hairspray to prevent frizz and flyaways.

15. French Braid

French Braid Pinit

valeriteresa / Instagram

What You Need
  • Comb
  • Elastic bands
  • Hairspray
How To Do
  1. Detangle your hair with a comb.
  2. Pull some hair back as you would when tying a half-ponytail. Divide it into three sections: the left, the middle, and the right.
  3. Braid the hair for one stitch.
  4. Add some hair to the side sections before doing the next stitch.
  5. Keeping adding hair to the braid this way until you reach the end. Secure the end with an elastic band.
  6. Adjust the braid as you like. If you want the braid a bit loose, pancake it gently.

16. Slick High Ponytail

Slick High Ponytail Pinit

candyyskinn / Instagram

What You Need
  • Brush
  • Elastic band
  • Hairspray
How To Do
  1. Brush your hair to detangle it.
  2. Tie it in a high ponytail with an elastic band.
  3. Pick up a small section of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the elastic band. Tuck the ends within the elastic band.
  4. Spritz on some hairspray to finish off the look.

17. Curly Ponytail

Curly Ponytail Pinit

salonthirtyone / Instagram

What You Need
  • Elastic band
  • Comb
  • Curling iron
  • Hairspray
How To Do
  1. Back-comb the hair at the top and center of your head. Neatly comb down the top section of that hair.
  2. Curl the ends of your hair using a curling iron.
  3. Gather all your hair and tie it in a high ponytail with an elastic band.
  4. Run your fingers through the curls and spritz on some hairspray to complete the look.

18. Beehive Updo

Beehive Updo Pinit

desiree.cserrano / Instagram

What You Need
  • Bobby pins
  • Elastic band
  • Comb
  • Hairspray
How To Do
  1. Back-comb the hair at the crown of your head.
  2. Mold the teased hair to form a bouffant. Use bobby pins to secure it in place.
  3. Gather the rest of your hair and wrap it in a low bun at the back.
  4. Secure the bun with an elastic band.
  5. Hit the entire hairdo with hairspray to set it in place.

19. Crown Braid

Crown Braid Pinit

lenabogucharskaya / Instagram

What You Need
  • Rat-tailed comb
  • Elastic band
  • Bobby pins
How To Do
  1. Tease the hair at the top of your head and pin it in a slight pouf.
  2. Brush the rest of your hair to remove the tangles.
  3. Begin weaving a French braid below the pouf and follow it around the circumference of your head.
  4. Once you reach the back hairline again, weave a regular braid.
  5. Secure the end with an elastic band.
  6. Wrap the braid along the crown braid and pin it in place wherever it ends.

20. Messy Low Bun

Messy Low Bun Pinit

hair_vera  / Instagram

What You Need
  • Hair brush
  • Bobby pins
  • Hairspray
How To Do
  1. Brush your hair to remove all tangles.
  2. Gather it at the back, making sure to keep it loose.
  3. Twist the hair and wrap it around to create a bun.
  4. Use bobby pins to secure the bun in place.
  5. Allow the stray strands to hang loose.
  6. Hit the hairdo with some hairspray to set it in place.

21. Rose Gold ‘do

Rose Gold ‘do Pinit

xcellent_sophia / Instagram

What You Need
  • Comb
  • Rose gold hair dye
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Old clothes and a towel
  • Curling iron
  • Bobby pins
  • Hairspray
How To Do
  1. Put on old clothes as the dye can drip and stain them. Apply petroleum jelly to all the skin close to your hair.
  2. Drape a towel over your shoulders.
  3. Mix the activator and developer as per the instructions printed on the dye box.
  4. Apply the dye to your hair thoroughly.
  5. If you have brown hair, the rose gold will end up looking rose brown, which is another trending shade.
  6. Keep the dye on for the instructed duration of time. Keep checking your hair every 5 minutes to monitor the color.
  7. Once it has reached a shade you like, wash the dye off and let your hair air-dry.
  8. Once your hair is damp, spritz on some hairspray and style it in some light curls with a curling iron.
  9. Gather some hair from the top and tie it in a loose top knot. Use bobby pins to secure it in place.

22. Half Top Knot

Half Top Knot Pinit

bloom_beauty_co / Instagram

What You Need
  • Elastic band
  • Comb
  • Hairspray
How To Do
  1. Brush your hair to remove all knots and tangles.
  2. Gather hair from the top and front and collect it at the crown.
  3. Pass the elastic band once over the gathered hair. Then, twist it and pass it over once more, but this time fold the hair with the band.
  4. Pancake the top knot and spritz on some hairspray.

23. Double Dutch Braid

Double Dutch Braid Pinit

poisedprettypink / Instagram

What You Need
  • Brush
  • Elastic band
  • Bobby pins
  • Hairspray
How To Do
  1. Divide your hair vertically in half (from the center of the forehead to the nape of your neck) and clip up one half.
  2. Brush out down the unclipped half and begin weaving a Dutch braid with it.
  3. Once the Dutch braid reaches the nape of your neck, secure it with an elastic band.
  4. Braid the other half the same way.
  5. Merge the tails of both the braids together and tie them in a ponytail.

24. Waterfall Braid

Waterfall Braid Pinit

arshidz / Instagram

What You Need
  • Bobby pins
  • Comb
  • Hairspray
How To Do
  1. Take some hair from one side, near the front.
  2. A waterfall braid consists of three sections: top, middle, and bottom. Weave a stitch as you would a regular braid and drop the bottom section.
  3. Pick up a new section of hair from the top, making it the new top section.
  4. Now that you’ve dropped the bottom section, add in a new bottom section.
  5. Keep doing this until you reach the other side of your head.
  6. Pin the braid underneath your hair to cover the ends.
  7. Don’t forget that final hit of hairspray!

25. Kinky Low Side Bun

Kinky Low Side Bun Pinit

zoeallamby / Instagram

What You Need
  • Comb
  • Thick elastic band
  • Bobby pins
How To Do
  1. Start by stretching out your kinky locks.
  2. Gather all your hair to one side, leaving out the bangs free. Tie the hair in a low side ponytail with the thick elastic band.
  3. Part your bangs down the middle and pin the ends to the sides. Make sure you don’t flatten the bangs when you pin them. Keep them loose to make them look messy and add height.
  4. Spread out the hair in the ponytail and fluff it up a bit, so it looks thicker. Roll your hair and pin it to form a bun.
  5. Pancake your hair wherever necessary to add to the messy boho vibe.
  6. Accessorize with a metallic headband and metallic smokey eye makeup to finish off the look.

Looking perfect at a formal event is of utmost importance. And, your hair plays just as big a role here as your dress. So, which of these formal styles do you want to try? Comment below and let us know!

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Anjali Sayee

Anjali Sayee is a writer and an introvert. From studying Aeronautical Engineering and wanting to design her own airplane to writing articles on hairstyles, she has been on quite a journey. She believes that hair is one of the key factors that define a woman’s personality. To quote her, “What’s the first thing they do in the movies to show a personality change? Change the hair – because it has a life of its own.” She’s here to help you find the hairstyle you need. This bookworm is a self-professed Wholocker, a talented drummer, and an amateur photographer.