Prom is right around the corner and we know many of you girls are getting excited. We’ve tried to help you properly prep and get inspired with our posts on both floor-length and knee-length gowns, after-party ideas and our prom checklist to help you get everything done on time. Now, we thought it would be good to move onto a roundup of some cool prom hairstyles!
There’s a ton of great options out there, and with our five picks below, we’ve given a range of interesting ways to style your locks. Check them out and let us know how you’re planning to style your hair for prom in the comments below!
Psst: Want more ideas? Check out our roundup from last prom season!
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Poufs, pompadours, bouffants…they’re all beautiful hairstyles that give your mane a sleek look that really pops. You may fear you can’t pull them off or that you might look silly, but trust us when we say they look gorgeous on everyone! To try it, says Seventeen magazine: “Glide a pomade stick directly on hair for shine, then comb back the top half and bobby-pin it against your crown, leaving some volume at the front. Pull the rest of your hair into a pony and loop an elastic around it, but don’t pull the pony all the way through. Instead, spread it out into a wide fan shape, and pin the edges against the back of your head, leaving the ends tucked into the elastic. Use the stick again to tame any flyaways.”
If you want the standard, classic, never-going-out-of-style prom hair, give yourself silky, beautiful curls, no matter your length! You can achieve it by applying a texturizing product to freshly washed hair, then blow-drying on a low speed with a diffuser attachment (if you’ve got one). Here are instructions from Seventeen: “With a small dab of styling wax, sweep your hair to one side, leaving it loose and flowy. On the same side, separate a three-inch section from just above your ear and roll upward into a twist, and bobby-pin it. Using a boar-bristle brush, gently brush out the rest of your hair to loosen the curls and make them look softer.”
This big look might not suit all tastes, but we think it’s the perfect way to polish off a fun and retro look. You’ll want to curl your hair from mid-length to ends using a large-barrel curling iron and then let the curls set for five minutes. Then, says Seventeen, “brush out to create volume. Tightly brush back the front sections of your hair from each side of your part above your ears and secure with a bobby pin that matches your hair color.” Voilá!
We’re loving this whimsical hair how-to by Katie of Skunkboy. You’ll want to start with a dramatic side part and then separate a small section of hair on the side. This will be the beginning of your braid. Taking that section, separate it into two smaller sections and using a fishtail braid method, begin braiding. Continue braiding until you reach behind your ear. Then finish your braid all the way down using the regular fishtail method. Gather your hair into a side ponytail and add accessories like headbands, barrettes or flowers–so cute!
Which hairstyle is your favorite? Do you already have your prom ’do picked out? Tell us about it in the comments!