Spread your wings and shine with these runway-approved sweet 16 hairstyles

Sweet 16 hairstyles can totally be runway-worthy, too!  

Want to make your sweet 16 a day to remember? Instead of worrying about how you should style your hair for the special event, we suggest you sit back, relax and take a look at these gorgeous sweet 16 hairstyles we’ve found.

We’re sure you want to feel as cool as Kendall Jenner or Gigi Hadid for your party, so we’ve scoured through the runway to find you hairstyles that’ll do just that. So, are you ready to find a ‘do that’s worthy of a birthday queen? Then keep scrolling to see…

These sweet 16 hairstyles will make you feel just like a supermodel

prom hairstyles: close up shot of model with polished waves hair, wearing glittery gown and neck choker, backstage at a show
These polished waves will help you shine at your party. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

1. Polished waves

Want to let your hair down for your birthday? Instead of wearing them tousled and undone like you always do, we suggest you neaten them up and go for a more glitzy, polished waves hairstyle.

This elegant hairstyle is just what you need to make you feel like a million dollars on the day — and you don’t even need a glam squad to get!

Get these polished waves with our step-by-step guide, here.

Editor’s tip: Sweet 16 hairstyles, like this one, look their best when they’re shining bright. So, make sure to stock up on the TONI&GUY Illuminating Hair Perfumeas it will help make your mane shine and leave it smelling divine.

close up shot of model with natural hair with pearl hair slides in it, wearing white lace and posing backstage
Pearly hair, don’t care! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

2. Pearl hair slides

The best way to show off your natural curls? With some pretty pearl hair slides, of course! Whether you use them to style your mane up or down, your hair will seriously look runway-worthy (yay!).

close up shot of model backstage with braided ponytail, complete with a hair bow accessory, wearing floral gown and drop earrings
Boring ponytails? Not here! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

3. Braided ponytail

Keep your hair off of your face in style with this classy creation that marries together a ponytail, braids and a ribbon hair accessory. Want to know the best thing about this pretty, dance-ready hairstyle? It’ll stay in place and won’t need any touch-ups!

close up shot of model with half up half down rose braid, with hidden plaits, wearing silver and walking on the runway
Ready to feel like you’ve just stepped out of a fairy tale? Credit: indigitalimages.com

4. Half-up, half-down braid

When it comes to sweet 16 hairstyles, half-up hairstyles are always at the top of the mane list. But if you really want to make your half-up style look like a masterpiece, you should try incorporating some braids to your look. Now you’re ready for your close up!

Editor’s tip: Braided sweet 16 hairstyles require a hairspray to keep them in place. Our fave? The TRESemmé Firm Hold Hairspraywhich will help keep frizz at bay and make your ‘do last longer.

prom hairstyles: close up shot on model backstage with a half up half down twisted braid hairstyle
Half-up, half-down twists are made for braidaphobes! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

5. Half-up, Half-down twist

Braid rookies, listen up! Just because you aren’t a weaving pro, doesn’t mean you can’t get in on the half-up, half-down hair trend. The solution? By getting the party started with this heavenly half-up twist, of course.

close up shot of model with messy updo hairstyle, wearing all pink and posing outside
If it’s good enough for Chanel, it’s good enough for your sweet 16. Credit: indigitalimages.com

6. Romantic updo

We don’t know about you, but we can’t resist an updo! Here, this model has fashioned her tresses into a romantic, swept-back bun hairstyle, giving off sophisticated French girl vibes. Ooh la la!

This look will ensure your hair us up and off your neck, giving you an easy-breezy style that is effortlessly chic. So, if you’re looking for summer-perfect sweet 16 hairstyles, keep this one on your mane radar.

prom hairstyles: close up shot woman with milkmaid braid hairstyle, posing backstage
This braided updo is just what you need to make you feel like the birthday gel. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

7. Milkmaid braids

Milkmaid braids are a dream come true for anyone looking for last minute sweet 16 hairstyles (we’ve all been there)! Refined with just a touch of boho charm, this model perfectly demonstrates all the key selling points of this style. Go on, try it!

close up shot of hailey baldwin with a tiara hair accessory, wearing black lace, gold necklace and walking on the runway
Tiara hair, don’t care! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

8. Tiara hair

If you are in need a hairstyle that will wow as much as the sequined dress you bought, we suggest you pair your chosen look with a tiara hair accessory. Why? Because you’re the #birthdayqueen and you deserve to feel like it on the day!


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