5 Pretty prom hairstyles for short hair

Check out these gorgeous prom hairstyles for short hair and find the perfect match for your length—from above-the-shoulder cuts, to bobs, and pixies!

Oh, the fuss surrounding the day of the prom. Girls, as they are with all other important occasions, are particularly obsessive passionate, making sure they’ve got everything perfect, and yes, that includes the hair. So we can imagine the panicked state some girls with shorter hair may be in (that last hair cut feels like forever ago, but your hair hasn’t grown more than two inches! Gaaah!). Or maybe some just really like their hair short but have a hard time figuring out what to do with their bobs or pixies come prom season. But hey, who says long-haired girls can have all the fun? If you have short hair and wondering how prom is going to deal with that, you can calm down now, because we’ve got you. We put together some of the prettiest prom hairstyles for short hair below for inspiration. Whether you like it cute, sweet, fierce, or edgy, you’ll find a look that’s prom-night perfect!

Gorgeous prom hairstyles for short hair

milkmaid braid prom hairstyles for short hair
Prom hairstyle for short hair: milkmaid braid. Credit: Raquel Brust

1. Milkmaid braid pixie

Here’s a pretty, princessy hairstyle that suddenly makes us want to cut our hair short just so we can try it out! If you have a long-ish pixie cut, you can totally cop this look. You need volume on top for this look, so for a little bit of poof, apply TONI&GUY Volume Plumping Mousse at the roots and blow dry before creating a loose fat braid at the hairline.

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Prom hairstyle for short hair: blunt bob + bangs. Credit: iStock

2. Blunt bob + bangs

If you have a blunt bob that reaches your chin and a blunt bangs to match, you can totally do this show-stopping look and steal the spotlight with its super edgy, high-fashion vibe. For perfectly straight, frizz-free hair, use Cream Silk Standout Straight Conditioner, then apply a drop of TONI&GUY High Shine Serum Drops, from roots to tips for added shine.

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Prom hairstyle for short hair: Textured quiff. Credit: indigitalimages.com

3. Textured quiff

Bring you’re A game to prom with this stylish ‘do that’s oozing with so much sass and character. It’s also quite easy to create, all you need are TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray for texture, your trusty hair brush and blow dryer, and TRESemmé Salon Finish Extra Hold Hairspray to make sure your quiff keeps its height all night long.

slick pixie prom hairstyles for short hair
Prom hairstyle for short hair: Slick & side parted pixie. Credit: indigitalimages.com

4. Slick & side-parted pixie with edgy details

If you’re not a glitz-and-glam kind of girl and you’re more excited to express yourself with an avant garde look, go for a high-polish hair like this with interesting details like lines and curves and a wet-look finish.

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Prom hairstyle for short hair: Beachy waves. Credit: Shutterstock

5. Beachy waves

It’s hard to go wrong with the classic beachy waves. It’s always in style, it’s universally flattering, and it would go well with any dress. In case you’re looking for more pegs, check out the red-carpet looks of JLaw, Kaylie Cuoco, or Julian Hough—they’ve been spotted many times rocking the look with different lengths.

So, you see? You don’t need long hair to look great on prom night. You just need to pick one from these gorgeous prom hairstyles for short hair and you’re ready to party!