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IMAGES: Hot celebrity hairstyles this festive season!

Last updated on: December 17, 2012 19:01 IST

Courtesy Schwarzkopf Professional India

Worn out, down or simply not in a mood for party? This season, here's a few new hot reasons to explore the world of style.

With all the cocktail parties, office celebrations, dinners, and black-tie shindigs, the festivities seem endless -- but your hairstyle option definitely isn't. Check out our top party looks as seen on the stars -- they suit all hair types.

From long and wavy, short and sleek, up and sexy -- we have it all to suit the diva in you! These celebrity red carpet hairstyles are fresh, elegant and top of the line.

In the following pages, Najeeb Ur Rehman, National Technical Head, Schwarzkopf Professional India, takes you through the best looks for this season...


Side chignon

Image: Charlize Theron is a fan of the side chignon
Photographs: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

One of the easiest ways to get spruced up for a party night is tying your hair back into a simple updo. Instead of pulling it back into something restricting (read: complicated, time consuming and only for professionals), try on a soft chignon for a uniquely stylish and chic look. Check out the simple steps to get this chic style in just a few minutes.

Step 1: Part hair completely down the center and pick a side for the chignon to rest on. Pull hair to one side and create two ponytails, one in each hand.

Step 2: Tie your smoothed-down hair into a loose knot.

Step 3: Wrap one side around to the right and stick a hair pin in to hold. Repeat on the left side and hold with a pin.

Step 4: Finish off with a strong-hold hairspray.

Celebrities sporting this look: Charlize Theron, Emma Stone, Taylor Swift, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz

Coiled bun

Image: Kim Kardashian is often seen sporting a neat coiled bun
Photographs: Stuart Wilson/Getty Images

Take that braid and coil it into a tight bun for an appeal that can range from sultry to elegant. Think huge and decadent cinnamon buns dripping with frosting and you're getting close to the look of one of these big, puffy buns in your hair. Known as "cinnamon buns" or "coiled buns," these major dos can just be the ticket for creating a chic and elegant hairstyle. Wind and coil your hair up into a graceful bun and get ready for high fashion.

Step 1: To start this look, carefully brush out all the knots in your wet hair (this hairstyle is really just easiest to start on smooth, untangled hair).

Step 2: Apply a shape cream to towel-dried hair. This will help to keep the style in place and stop pieces from falling out as you begin to create the look.

Step 3: Use a paddle brush to pull hair back into a tight ponytail and secure with elastic. Make sure that you don't miss any loose strands of hair.

Step 4: Begin braiding the ponytail into a regular braid and secure with elastic.

Step 5: Coil the braid around the base of the ponytail to form the bun and secure every 1/2 of hair with bobby pins.

Celebrities sporting this look: Angelina Jolie, Kim Kardashian , Kate Bosworth , Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez

Upsweep hairdo

Image: Eva Longoria's hair looks stunning in an upsweep
Photographs: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Whether you need fancy night-out locks or a simple get-that-hair-off-the-back-of-my-neck look, the classic upsweep updo hairstyle will do the trick. A classic, glamorous updo is a fail-safe option for any formal event -- whether there be a red carpet involved or not. Get this ultra glam style in a quick few steps:

Step 1: Set freshly washed and dried shoulder-length (or longer) hair in sections with hot rollers and let them cool.

Step 2: Remove the rollers and gently brush out curls. Then tease hair at the crown using a fine-tooth comb and spritz roots with a light-hold hairspray.

Step 3: Brush the hair along the sides of your head into a ponytail at ear level, but use your hands to gently sweep the teased section back.

Step 4: Twist the tail onto itself (almost as if you're creating a chignon), anchoring it with bobby pins as you twirl and leaving the ends out at the top. To make it extra tight and secure, crisscross some of the pins.

Step 5: Twist and tuck any stray pieces hanging down up into the base of the twist, pinning in place with more bobbies. Use a shine spray to add sheen and tame flyaways.

Celebrities sporting this look: Blake Lively, Aishwarya Rai, Leighton Meester, Angelina Jolie, Eva Longoria

Leaving it loose

Image: Style your hair in loose waves like Selena Gomez
Photographs: Alberto E Rodriguez/Getty Images

Apart from the elaborately chic hairdos, for those who love to play it simple, effortless and sophisticated with the natural texture of bouncy curls or pin straight hair, here are a few simple steps to flaunt your luscious locks at their fashionable best!

For Wavy Hair

Step 1: First, use a professional formula to add fullness and volume -- you'll get bounce, fullness and a healthy shine with no grease.

Step 2: Then, use a little texture balm -- warm it up in your palms and really work the product into your strands. Too much will actually weigh your style down, so less is definitely more here.

Step 3: Flip hair upside-down and scrunch hair using a strong hold gel. You don't want loads of frizz to take your look from sexy to sloppy.

For poker-straight strands

Image: Curly-haired Taylor Swift likes a change on the red carpet now and then with a poker-straight do
Photographs: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Step 1: Wash your hair with a smoothening shampoo, which will keeping hair not only caressably soft but also deliver illuminating shine.

Step 2: Divide wet hair into six or seven sections, and blow-dry one by one using a round brush. Drying small sections instead of large chunks makes the hair super straight.

Step 3: Once you've blown out all the sections, run a flat iron quickly through the ends of your hair (this will help keep it from kinking up later on). Finish by smoothing on a frizz-fighting cream or serum.

These style inspirations for your party night-outs are sure to give you a fashionably dazzling presence wherever you go. Take a cue from the Schwarzkopf Professional Style Guide and work one of these hairstyles that are big on drama but insanely simple to pull off, so you are never in danger of hitting the down-road.