Still undecided on which prom hairstyles will make your list this year? We know – that’s why we’ve put together this list of perfect prom hairstyles to make your special night even more special.
Prom Hairstyles That Are Picture Perfect for Prom Night
We remember prom: the boys in their little ill-fitting suits and the girls with Aquanet in their hair enough to put a hole in the ozone. For moms out there, you certainly don’t want your kids to make the same hair and makeup mistakes you did back then. As for the beautiful girls getting ready for prom, stop stressing about it! We’ve got you covered when it comes to your prom hair with this awesome list of beautiful Prom hairstyles to dazzle in.
Prom Hairstyles for Long Hair
Got those long locks? Great! You’ll have tons more options on your prom hair. Let’s see what we have here:
1. Simple Hair Down Do
Want an easy to do look for Prom night? All this look requires is soft, smooth hair, a couple of bobby pins, and a bit of volume on the crown and you’ll be runway ready for Prom.
2. Romantic Updo
This romantic updo may take a little work, but isn’t the end result worth it? If your dress is long, flowy, and elegant, then this is the hairstyle for you.
3. Floral Half Up Do
If you want something fun and easy-to-do, you can go with this flower braid half up half down hairstyle. This is definitely one of those half up half down prom hairstyles that look perfect with curly and wavy hair.
4. Bow Bun
Because a bouffant is so last season, this year, why not go for a bow bun? Trade the classic bouffant hairstyle to something more modern. Plus, this bow bun is so cute, adorable and very girly!
5. High Ponytail
I’m a huge fan of formal ponytail hairstyles. I think it’s because I don’t want to keep worrying about my hair during an event and a ponytail will make sure my hair stays in place. If you’re looking for a ponytail hairstyle, you can try this one out.
6. Retro Waves
The side swept wavy hair is always a huge hit at formal occasions. This classic vintage look will never go out of style It’s timeless and ever so elegant. To stick with the vintage theme, pair this hairstyle with a bold red lipstick.
7. Slick It Back
Want to veer away from the usual wavy and curly prom hairstyles? Well, go edgy and sleek with this rockin’ slick-back hairstyle that will look great on tight-fitting dresses.
Prom Hairstyles for Medium Hair
If you have medium hair, there are plenty of easy prom hairstyles you can do as well. Check these out:
1. Sexy Waves
Some girls like their waves to fall in different directions, while others just want them to be neat and clean. If you fall into the latter category, you may just love this hairstyle. For a vintage touch, curl your bangs sideways.
2. Loose Halo
Are you looking for a hairstyle fit for a princess (or Kate Middleton)? This loosely twisted halo tutorial will not only make you the fairest of them all, it will also make you look like a divine angel!
3. Ribbon Bouffant Updo
Let’s go back to the 60’s shall we? If you’re a fan of anything or everything vintage, this is a prom hairstyle that you’ll love. This beehive hairstyle is sleek and charming. Channel the inner Brigitte Bardot in you!
4. Glam Vintage
Now, this is another vintage prom hairstyle that you might look for your medium-length hair. It’s a glam vintage look that parts the hair at the side, putting the spotlight on those soft waves. Honestly, I think only medium hair girls can pull off this look to the tee!
5. Fancy Faux Hawk
Dare to be different, but not too bold or edgy? I’ve got the perfect hairstyle for you! This fancy faux hawk is both unique and elegant. There’s that sass you’re looking for without leaving the sophistication behind.
Prom Hairstyles for Short Hair
Calling all short-haired gals, we’ve got the perfect short prom hairstyles for you too!
1. Wispy Updo
Yes girl! Your short hair can turn into a beautiful wispy updo! You will just need bobby pins, hair spray, and tons of patience to pull this off.
2. Prom Pixie
When it comes to pixie cuts, Michelle Williams is a great hair inspiration. She wears the pixie-like it’s nobody’s business. And if I were you, take her lead for your short hair prom hairstyle.
3. Classic Vintage
If you want to go vintage, you can do that too. Curl your hair in big waves and just let it fall into place. Don’t forget that red lipstick now!
4. Simple Headband Do
Simple and pretty, this short prom hairstyle will suit any princess-y dress. Just slick the hair back and wear a plain thin headband and that’s it! Because really, most often than not, being simple seals the deal.
5. Half Up Half Down for Short Hair
Emma Watson is one of those girls who love short hairstyles. One of my favorite red carpet hairstyles from her is this one. It’s beautiful and so classy! It’s the perfect hairstyle for girls with short hair as it can look great with any dress!
Braided Hairstyles for Prom
With braided hairstyles trending right now, I think we need an entire category for it. So if you’re into braids and can’t get enough of them, choose the perfect one for you below.
1. Braid and Bun
This hairstyle was made for Instagram (and Prom). Show off your facial features by pulling your hair back into a bun. The braids add a nice bohemian touch. This is one of those cute prom hairstyles you can do by yourself.
2. Two-Tone Hair Braid
If you have two-toned hair, this look is perfect for showing off your range of hair color. If not, this look is still perfect for showing off!
3. Double Waterfall Braids
As inept as we are with waterfall braids, we can’t help but get googly-eyed over this look. Double waterfall braids add pizzazz to the entire look and the end result is a stunning hairstyle that highlights your beautiful mane.
4. Side Wrap Braid
I mentioned earlier how popular the side swept curls look is, right? Now, add some pretty braids and you’ve elevated a classic look to a whole new level of pretty.
5. Half Up Boho Braid
We love how ethereal and fairytale-like this hairstyle is. And because it’s so pretty, don’t just save it for Prom, but for every occasion!
6. Fishtail French Braided Bun
Sometimes clean and put together gets boring. For the ladies out there who are into the messy, effortless look, this messy bun is for you!
7. Formal Braid for Short Hair
Yep, we didn’t forget about you! Even if you have short hair, you can still rock a braided hairstyle for prom! I like this hairstyle as it is easy to do and has the wispy finish that I really love!
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Wow! Wasn’t that a juicy list or what? Whether you plan to go classic vintage, retro, glam, simple, there are prom hairstyles updos and prom hairstyles down dos to choose from. There’s really no need to panic girls. Just pick your dress and find that perfect hairstyle to go with your entire look! I hope you got great ideas from our prom hairstyles list. Enjoy prom!
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*Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in May 2015 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.