8 Party-Ready Hairstyles You Can Do Yourself

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8 Party-Ready Hairstyles You Can Do Yourself
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The halls are decked, the fridge is bursting open with all the ingredients for a fab holiday dinner, and you even got that stubborn stain to come out of the living room carpet. To top it all off, there's a bombshell of a dress hanging in your closet. Life is grand! The only dark cloud on the horizon is your hair indecision. Need inspiration? We've looked to the stars for inspiration, and we'll tell you how to get their looks on your own. --Written by Kathy Mayse

Romantic Curls
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Romantic Curls

Actress Elizabeth Reaser gives the word romantic a whole new meaning with her plunging neckline and thick, luxurious locks. Large, voluminous curls create a softly styled look that goes perfectly with her sparkly dress -- after all, you don't want to take too much attention away from that designer gown. To wear this look to your holiday functions, simply curl all your hair with a large-barreled curling iron. Finger-comb your hair to the side, and spray with a light finishing spray.

Sleek and Sophisticated
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Sleek and Sophisticated

For a sleek and sophisticated look, try on actress Myanna Buring's bun. The tight, up-swept style shows off the flirty, high collar of her gown. Not only is a bun gorgeous, it's simple to pull off. Pull your hair back into a ponytail and pull the ponytail halfway through the holder again, leaving soft sprigs of hair poking out all around the bun.

Flirty and Fun
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Flirty and Fun

Actress-singer Jennifer Lopez flaunts her stuff and keeps things simple with her twist on the high ponytail. Slick and simple, this 10-minute hairdo is a worry-free way to look red-carpet ready for any holiday event. To twist it like J. Lo, pull your hair up into a high ponytail. Twist the ponytail around the ponytail holder until you get to the ends of the hair. Tuck the ends into the "bun" and pin into place.

Twisted Bangs
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Twisted Bangs

For a simple, elegant look, try on actress Kirsten Dunst's style. Parted on the side with the bangs twisted back, Dunst's style not only looks glamorous, it also pairs well with her strapless gown. Curl your hair with hot rollers, part it on the side and twist back the bangs. Pin in place with a decorative clip that complements your dress.

Tucked Under
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Tucked Under

Actress Jaime King spices things up with her tucked-under updo. This holiday look combines a loose tuck with a tight spiral curl to create a simple updo that is perfect for the hair-challenged. No need to tease, twist and fret over this one. Simply roll your hair under and pin it in place with bobby pins. A tightly-wound sprig off to the side sets it all off.

Classic Pin Curls
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Classic Pin Curls

Performer Dita Von Teese's classic locks -- inspired by old Hollywood -- bring youth and vibrancy to a hairstyle that never really went out of style. Softly swept back into a low bun and pin-curled on the side, this look takes a little longer to create, but the payoff is well worth it. Start with wet hair, slather it with some gel and place a few pin curls in the side -- curls you wrap with your fingers and pin into place. Dry completely, finger comb and sweep into a low bun.

French Twist
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French Twist

Actress Nicole Richie shows off her neck-hugging gown with a loose French twist. The bangs simply plunge down to the brow, making her eyes pop. This style may not have much going on -- it's pretty basic -- but the allure is undeniable. To get Richie's twist, sweep your hair back into a hand-held ponytail. Twist the ponytail until you create a twist. Pin it in place and fluff up your bangs.

Pin-Up Curls
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Pin-Up Curls

"Twilight" star Kristen Stewart appears perfectly coiffed and put together with her curls pinned up in an elaborate updo. The curls create an interesting, rolled pattern on the back of her head. For this look, curl all your hair with a small curling iron in small sections. Roll the curls up and pin them in place with bobby pins. Finish off with hairspray.

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