Be it on the catwalk, red carpet or Instagram, half-up hairstyles are everywhere. And guess what? Most of them are totally workable for prom, too.
Keep scrolling to see — and screenshot — the gorgeous half-up, half-down prom hairstyles that we guarantee will make you prom queen.
1. Half-up, half-down knot
Up first, the easiest half-up, half-down hairstyle around: the half-up knot.
Though it takes minutes to achieve (grab a section of hair in the back, split it into two and tie the parts into a knot), it still looks prom-perfect.
2. Half-up, half-down braid with flowers
When it comes to half-up, half-down prom hairstyles, braided ones, like this one, never fail to charm — especially when you pair them with beachy waves and weave flowers into them. Credit: @amberfillerup
3. Short half-up braid
In this double tap-worthy example, this future prom queen has gone for a half-up braid hairstyle that features loose curls, instead of waves.
This lovely ‘do also shows you don’t need to have flowing locks to make an impact. Credit: @schoenzauberei
Editor’s tip: Creating your curls with your trusty straightener? It’s important to protect your tresses against heat damage, so make sure to use a product that has heat defence in it, like the VO5 Damage Protect Primer Spray.
This spray protects against frizz and offers 230°C heat protection, so you don’t have to worry about stressing out your strands while you creating your style.
4. Curly half-up style
5. Half-up hair bow
If you choose to forgo hair accessories (because you’re so last minute, like us), this half-up, half-down hair bow hairstyle might spark your interest, as it will make your mane the accessory. Credit: @missysueblog
Next read: How to create a bow hairstyle.
6. Half-up, half-down ponytail
With lush curls and a few romantic tendrils at the front, you’ll be sure to make an unforgettable entrance. Credit: @filizhair
7. Glam half-up, half-down waves
There’s nothing wrong with taking a cue from the red carpet and rocking classic Hollywood waves.
But if you really want to give them a prom-worthy twist, try fashioning them into this elegant, modern half-up style. Credit: @barefootblondehair
8. 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.
Simply dust it over your braid after you’ve weaved it, then pancake it (gently pulling apart each section of the braid) and prepare to be amazed by its thicker appearance.
9. Celtic rose buns
If one rose isn’t enough, you can easily amp your mane up with three Celtic rose buns. Three times the bun, three times the charm, eh?
Up next: 10 flower braids you need to try.
10. Half-up French twist
If you’re after something less flowery and fancier, this half-up French twist has got you covered.
11. Half-up, half-down waves
In need of a face-flattering look? Then, this is the prom hairstyle you’ve been waiting for.
With these soft, face-framing waves and a half-up plait, you’ll be channelling major Charlie’s Angels vibes.
12. Sleek half-up, half-down hairstyle
On the opposite end of the trend spectrum is this sleek, wet-look ‘do. This look makes for a simple yet sophisticated upgrade to your everyday half-up style.
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.
13. Romantic half-up, half-down hair
Oh, Tory Burch, you steal our hearts time after time with your romantic hairstyles. And we have to say, that this half-up style is destined for prom.
With its face-framing wisps and loose beachy waves, this lovely look is the complete recipe for success.
14. Half-up heart loop
Don’t have time to wash your long mane? Messy prom hairstyles, like this cute half-up heart loop, work best on second-day hair and requires minimal effort to recreate.
15. 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, of course.
16. Half-up, half-down fishtail
When floral clips don’t quite cut it, you should consider trying out real flowers. Our favourite combo? This half-up, half-down fishtail braid with baby’s-breath and other colourful blooms.
17. 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 from is absolutely ideal. Not only will it give off loads of vintage glamour, but it will also let you channel your inner Juliet.
Editor’s tip: To really make your curls pop, try using the VO5 Volume Foam. Work a generous amount of the product throughout your damp lengths, blow dry and watch as your mermaid-esque curls come to life!
18. Woven half-up twist
We’re pretty much suckers for any hairstyle that can be done in less than 15 minutes and still look flawless — take this dreamy woven half-up twist hairstyle for example.
Honestly, with a bit of twist action and some bobby pins, you’ll be on the path to prom queen-worthy tresses. So, what are you waiting for?
19. Curly half-up twist
Can’t get enough of twisted half-up, half-down prom hairstyles? Well, here’s another one you won’t regret adding to your style radar: the curly half-up twist.
20. Half-up curly bouffant with ribbon
To give this classic look a modern edge, pair it with a black ribbon and just watch as the compliments come pouring in.
21. Half-up Bardot ponytail
22. Waterfall braid
23. Half-up unicorn braid
What we love most about this magical half-up, unicorn hairstyle is the fact that it gorgeously combines two trends in one.
24. Sleek half-up bun
If polished half-up, half-down prom hairstyles are more your vibe, you’ll love this sleek half-up bun hairstyle.
To really make a style impact, keep the rest of locks straight, so that the focus is on your perfect bun. Credit:@franckprovostparis
25. Curly half-up bun
26. Half-up crown plait
Ready to crown yourself prom queen? Then, you’ll need to learn how master this impressive, long-lasting crown plait hairstyle. And guess what? We’ve got a tutorial on the look, here. Credit:@taylor_lamb_hair
Editor’s tip: No matter what half-up, half-down prom style you decide to create, generously spritz your final ‘do with the TRESemmé Ultimate Hold Hairspray. Not only will this seal in your style but it will also leave your tresses glowing!
27. Pinned half-up braid
This one is for the ladies who need another reason to go short for the big event. By pinning back half of your hair into a braid, you’ll be able to show off your new cut in the coolest way possible. Credit: @xandervintage
28. Accent braid
29. Tiara hairstyle
30. Headband braid
When it comes to quick half-up, half-down prom hairstyles, one of our faves is this boho-approved headband braid. Before you get major mane envy, here’s how to do a braided headband.