Runway to reality: 7 wearable half-up, half-down prom hairstyles you’ll love

Amra | 03 August 2017

Rock out like a true model with one of these half-up, half-down prom hairstyles fresh from the runway!


Trend alert: half-up hairstyles are having a major mane moment and are fast becoming the hottest look to covet! Over the past few fashion seasons, designers have sent models down the runway with a stunning array of hybrid ‘dos, all of which are totally workable half-up, half-down prom hairstyles, too.

So, if you want to look like you’ve just stepped off the catwalk for your prom day, it’s time to make like the models and work one of these hot half-up hairstyles. But be warned: once you rock it, you’ll want to wear it every day.

7 stylish half-up, half-down prom hairstyles straight from the runway


half down prom hairstyles: backshot of model with rose braid hairstyle at rodarte
Everything’s coming up roses! Credit:

1. Half-up, half-down rose braid

If you’ve selected yourself a sweet floral ensemble for your prom night, matching it with a flower-inspired ‘do might just earn you enough style points to win the crown!

Not only is this half-up rose braid of the most gorgeous (and easiest!) bun hairstyles around, but it will also trick everyone into thinking you’re a styling wizz. Thanks for the inspo, Rodarte!

TONI&GUY Root Lift Sculpting Powder

Editor’s tip: If your locks tend to fall on the finer side, pump up your braided hairstyle with the TONI&GUY Root Lift Sculpting Powder!

Simply dust it over your braid after you’ve weaved it, then pancake it (AKA gently pulling apart each section of the braid!) and prepare to be amazed by its thicker appearance.

backshot of model at zac posen with half up french twist hairstyle
A french twist + half-up hair = a match made in hair heaven! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

2. Half-up French twist

Forget poised and polished, it’s time to embrace your mane’s natural texture with this chic half-up, half-down French twist that we spotted at Zac Posen.

To add some extra oomph to your mane, gently backcomb the lengths of your hair, then pull a few face-framing tendrils free at the front, to give this fashion-approved ‘do an dose of feminine charm. Neat, right?

side shot of model with sleek hair half-up and down at thakoon
Sleek and steady wins the race! Credit:

3. Sleek half-up, half-down hairstyle

On the opposite end of the trend spectrum is this sleek, wet-look ‘do, which this model rocked on the Thakoon runway. This look makes for a simple yet sophisticated upgrade to your everyday half-up style and is super easy to achieve!

Now, if you love this sculptural hairstyle as much as we do, make sure to check out fashion designer Carolina Herrera’s take on the look, here.

down prom hairstyles: model on the runway with half up hairstyle close up shot
Romantic hair, do care! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

4. Romantic half-up, half-down hair

Oh Tory Burch, you steal our hearts time and after time with your romantic hairstyles. And we have to say, that this dreamy half-up style is definitely destined for prom.

With its face-framing wisps and loose beachy waves, this gorgeous look is a complete recipe for success!

close up of model with half up hairstyle with flower clips in it backstage rodarte
When it doubt, accessory it out! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

5. Floral hair clips

Think outside the box this prom season and turn the traditional half-up, half-down look into a work of art. How? By pairing your ‘do with a floral accent piece, like this model from the Rodarte runway has.

This delivers fabulous, one-of-a-kind flair that’ll make everyone believe you just came from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. See? Half-up, half-down prom hairstyles don’t have to be complicated to look good.

model on the runway with half up half down hairstyle with metallic accessory on the valentino runway
Easily exude fair maiden vibes with this pretty ‘do. Credit:

6. Half-up headband tuck

Wondering how to stylishly keep your thick, curly locks under wraps? Don’t fret, because there are lots of half-up, half-down prom hairstyles that won’t compromise on a single ounce of style.

And this beautiful half-up headband tuck hairstyle from Valentino is absolutely ideal. Not only will it give off loads of vintage glamour, but it will also let you channel your inner Juliet. Now it’s just time to find your Romeo?

TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Mousse

Editor’s tip: To really make your curls pop, try using the TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume MousseWork a generous amount of the product throughout your damp lengths, blowdry and watch as your mermaid-esque waves come to life!

half down prom hairstyles: model with half up bouffant with curls and ribbon in it at Elizabeth fillmore wedding presentation
Channel Bardot vibes with a half-up bouffant! Credit:

7. Half-up curly bouffant with ribbon

When you combine a bouffant hairstyle with luscious curls, you get the dreamiest combo ever: an elegant curly bouffant.

Featuring tumbling, romantic curls, this picture-perfect look is great for fine-haired ladies who are looking for voluminous, curly prom hairstyles.

And to give this classic look a modern edge, pair it with a black ribbon (like this model from Elizabeth Fillmore bridal runway) and just watch as the compliments come pouring in!


Loved these fashion-approved half-up, half-down prom hairstyles? Then you’ll want to skip on over to our New Hairstyles page, where you’ll find inspiring galleries, easy tutorials and how-to tips.


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