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Top 5 Hairstyles for Prom

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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Can you EVEN!? Get the whole tutorial here.




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!

These are just some of our faves. You can find tons more inspiration on Seventeen and BuzzFeed.

Which hairstyle is your favorite? Do you already have your prom ’do picked out? Tell us about it in the comments!

Image: BuzzFeed


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  1. Julia3501

    Posted by Julia3501 on April 15, 2014 at 14:33

    I have an Anne Hathaway style cut, why are there NO pretty formal pixie cuts anywhere? I already went and just stuck on a tiara!

  2. dancestars

    Posted by dancestars on April 5, 2014 at 10:01

    wow I rally like the curls and side bread.

  3. lilyworshipsongs

    Posted by lilyworshipsongs on April 2, 2014 at 18:14

    These are so cute!!! I wish one would go with my dress. They look so much simpler xD
    Here’s another good list of prom hair. Personally, (depending on how long my hair is or how well clip in extensions work) I’ll be doing hopefully girly glamour, but more than likely end up doing curly romantic updo.

  4. hobbithobbithobbit52891

    Posted by hobbithobbithobbit52891 on April 2, 2014 at 16:24

    love the side braid and the hair bow!!!!!!!!!!!! definitley trying these!

  5. bbgirl2000

    Posted by bbgirl2000 on April 2, 2014 at 10:13

    They are pretty, but they wouldnt fit my hair type

  6. Celby

    Posted by Celby on April 1, 2014 at 18:23

    I loved all of those, especially the third one.