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Beauty: Top 5 Hairstyles for Prom

Now that we’ve properly covered prom dress fashion with posts on both floor length and knee length gowns, we thought it might be time to round up some great prom hairstyles! While there are tons of different ways you can wear your hair and makeup, we do have a few favorite hair trends that are perfect for the big night. See our five picks below, then let us know how you’re planning to style your hair for prom in the comments below!


YourHairstyleIdeas.com has just that – tons of ideas for hairstyles! Whether you’ve got long hair or short, want your hair up or down, they’ve got you covered with images and slideshows galore. The only downside is that they do not have instructions to go along with the photos. But the images can serve as inspiration for the brave girl or, if you’re having your hair professionally styled, you can take the photo with you to your hairstylist. We love this sideways braid with a loose piece of hair in the front.



Another site that features tons of photos but not a lot of instruction is, of course, Pinterest! This classic half-up, half-down look is updated with a large bouffant.



Here’s an easy but sleek look from About.com–a pony with hair wrapped around the elastic. To get this look, follow these simple instructions: Pull hair back into a ponytail, pull a pencil-thick piece of hair from the bottom of the pony, wrap hair around elastic while leaving two inches to pull down through the elastic and secure with a couple of bobby pins. Viola!



Looking for something a bit more glam? This look–that’s actually quite easy to achieve!–reminds us of the complicated updos that often rocked the prom floors during the late ’90s and early ’00s. Seventeen advises blow-drying your hair straight, parting it on the side into pigtails and twisting each pony up until they coil against themselves. Then, use bobby pins to secure the coils to the back of your head. Spray to keep in place!


Looking for an boho look to complement a romantic and/or whimsical gown? FamilyCircle.com recommends channeling Blake Lively, seen here with natural waves and tiny braids. How to do it: First, coax hair into soft, loose waves by blowing dry with mousse and a medium-barrel thermal round brush. Then, braid three or four small plaits and pin them under waves with bobby pins. They’ll be secure, yet move seamlessly with the rest of the hair.

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

Image: Thinkstock


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  1. hannah1997

    Posted by hannah1997 on April 29, 2013 at 06:55

    Oh my goodness I love them all! (Except the 4th one. 🙂 )

  2. Uchiha_Kaida

    Posted by Uchiha_Kaida on April 26, 2013 at 17:25

    I HIGHLY suggest for you girls to go to the woman’s youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/bebexo?feature=watch she does a lot of cute and easy hairstyles, and she sometimes will do giveaways aswell :3

  3. hockeychick20

    Posted by hockeychick20 on April 24, 2013 at 20:06

    I curled all of my 27 inches of hair for the formal lol it took 2 1/2 hours but I used a wand. It was amazing! then I took a part from the front and pinned it to the side 🙂 It was easy and free! lol

  4. farmgirl101

    Posted by farmgirl101 on April 24, 2013 at 18:47

    i like the first one!

  5. bethluvstheafters

    Posted by bethluvstheafters on April 24, 2013 at 14:22

    How do you do a bouffant?

  6. Shanell Elise is back

    Posted by Shanell Elise is back on April 24, 2013 at 07:58

    I like 1 and 3. 🙂

  7. EmeraRider

    Posted by EmeraRider on April 23, 2013 at 19:45

    I love the first and last ones, so lovely. I’ll definitely save them for prom next year. ♥

  8. music_love_janaye

    Posted by music_love_janaye on April 23, 2013 at 15:42

    What about people with impossibly curly hair? Haha, there never seems to be anything that I can do!

    • XDoesntOwnMe

      Posted by XDoesntOwnMe on April 24, 2013 at 07:40

      I don’t know exactly what your hair is like, but this is what I’m doing for prom so it might work for you, too. 🙂

      Wet your hair, comb out with a fine-toothed comb, part hair on side of head, apply ani-friz/holding gel. Leaving out a section of hair on left temple, roll up hair down each side of head forming one ponytail at the bottom. Arrange the ponytail into a bun-like thing however you want, using bobby pins. Use a curling iron to curl the section of hair you left out. If you have bangs, leave them out of the roll as well and incorporate them into one of the rolls, to the side, with bobby pins.

      It’ll look a bit like this — but different, of course, since our hair is curlier! http://lucason.com/2013/03/long-hairstyles-updos/poisonyaoi-wedding-hairstyles-updos/
      Good luck! 🙂

    • violinlover

      Posted by violinlover on April 23, 2013 at 16:59

      Can you straighten it? Or braid your hair, when it’s still damp, and you’ll get wavy hair, instead of curly.

  9. mkay77

    Posted by mkay77 on April 23, 2013 at 15:33

    I like the first one the best! I go to a junior high with 8th and 9th graders and therefore do not have prom this year, but shall attend next year when I head for the high school 🙂

  10. primadonnagirl

    Posted by primadonnagirl on April 23, 2013 at 13:22

    i love the top picture! simple,yet stunning!

  11. PolkaDot

    Posted by PolkaDot on April 23, 2013 at 12:49

    I love all of these! I am homeschooled so sadly I don’t get to have the joy of getting ready for prom. But I might be able to use this for something else!

  12. AllisonGrace

    Posted by AllisonGrace on April 23, 2013 at 12:34

    These are all so pretty!! I didn’t have the money to get my hair done, so I curled it, make a bouffant like the one in the picture, and got a little silver fairy-like headband. (one of those metal ones). Oh how I miss the days of prom!

  13. Posted by Nicole on April 23, 2013 at 11:40

    This was a really helpful article, I’m going to check out those sites as well! Thank you!

  14. SoulfulGinger

    Posted by SoulfulGinger on April 23, 2013 at 10:11

    I curled my hair and did a side pony, it was easy and cute 🙂

    • Dancer16

      Posted by Dancer16 on April 23, 2013 at 10:34

      So did I! Last year I got my hair done at a salon, but this year I did it myself and I liked it just as much 🙂