Obviously, perfect prom hair is the goal of any attendee, especially as it’s one of the biggest events in the school year calendar. So we wouldn’t be at all surprised if you were feeling the pressure of having to look your very best for the party. Of course, that means finding your dream dress, tracking down your Cinderella shoes and having the perfect hairstyle to top it all off.
And while we might not be of much help in dress, shoes and accessories department, we do happen to know a thing or two about hair. So whether you’re toying with the idea of romantic braids, an elaborate updo, or glamorous big, bouncy waves, we’ve got it all covered.
1. Bouffant bun with loose tendrils
When looking for hairstyles for prom, you’ll find that many styles are just a revamped version of your everyday look.
Take this bouffant updo, try adding some height to your crown before styling in a bun, and don’t forget to leave some loose tendrils out at the front for a more romantic finish.
2. Wet-look prom hair
Looking for a new way to style your hair for prom? Get the A-list look with swept-back strands.
Editor’s tip: To hold your swept back style in place, we suggest using a firm hold gel like the VO5 Mega Hold Gel Spray.
Use on towel-dried hair and using your finger or a comb, push your hair back. Finish with another spritz for extra hold.
3. Knotted half-up with waves
Half-up, half-down hairstyles are a popular choice for prom hair and the appeal of this beautiful knotted style is undeniable.
4. Bouncy blowout hair for prom
Give your hair the royal treatment with an extra bouncy blowout.
Editor’s tip: Make your blowout last with a volume boosting dry shampoo.
We love the Love Beauty And Planet Volume & Bounty Dry Shampoo for extending our hair wash days and for giving hair extra bounce.
5. Curly side ponytail
Look prom ready by styling your curly hair in a side ponytail.
Finish your look with a sparkly set of statement earrings.
6. Slicked-back pony
For the most elegant outcome, keep your ponytail low and make sure your hair is super sleek and shiny before sweeping it back and securing with a clear elastic.
7. Soft waves
We know casual waves might sound to every day for a prom, but we promise this universally flattering hairstyle will be the envy of all your friends.
Editor’s tip: Give your tresses a mirror-like finish with VO5 Tame & Shine Spray. You’ll love the glossy, silky finish this spray will give your strands.
8. Defined curls
Enhance your curl pattern by doing a twist out ahead of prom, that way your curls will be extra defined.
9. Long wavy ponytail
With gorgeously long hair, you have plenty of options when it comes to hairstyles for prom.
Try curling your hair into beautiful waves and styling into a ponytail for a hairstyle that looks good from all angles.
10. Curly ponytail prom hair
Do you need a prom hairstyle you can easily do on yourself? Then this Riri-approved hairstyle is the look for you.
Style tip: Hide your headband by wrapping a piece of hair around the band and securing with a bobby pin.
11. Half-up ponytail
If Ariana Grande is your go-to for hair inspiration, then why not channel her signature half-up, half-down ponytail for prom?
Style tip: Add waves to give your style a more formal feel.
12. Slick side-parted bun
Sometimes a simple switch of a hair parting can completely transform a look.
Which is why we suggest ditching a middle parting for a sharp side one for an easy prom hairstyle.
13. Short glamour waves
Style tip: Accentuate the volume by wearing your hair in a side parting.
14. Half-up fishtail braid
Adding fishtail braids to your prom hairstyle will give your style a boho vibe.
Style tip: Go the extra mile by adding delicate flowers like above.
15. Glamourous quiff hair for prom
Prom hairstyles are not all about perfectly coiffed hairstyles. Adding a little edge to your look with a glamorous quiff can be the key to standing out.
16. Undone wavy updo
Whether you have long or short hair, try adding soft waves and pinning your strands into an undone updo for an effortless finish.
17. Braid and bun
Look good from all angles with an upside down braided bun.
Editor’s tip: Give your prom hairstyle extra hold with the VO5 Invisible Firm Hold Hairspray.
This ultra-fine fast drying spray offers frizz control, with humidity protection and UV filter.
18. Low braided bun with a tiara
The best part of prom is the tiara of course! So, make sure you have a hairstyle fit for Prom Queen, like this low bun.
19. Half-up, half-down bouffant
If your prom dress is vintage, why not find a hairstyle to match? This ’60s-inspired half-up, half-down bouffant will add a subtle retro twist to your look, while still oozing contemporary glam. Win-win!
20. Side-swept curls
21. Bright bob prom hairstyle
Just because you’re sporting a short crop doesn’t mean you can’t make an impact at prom. Rather than putting your hair up, why not consider injecting some pizzazz via temporary hair colour using sprays, or chalks.
22. Braided crown
Romantic and oh-so-pretty, a braided crown is a perfect look for prom. The good news? It works on all hair types and lengths, so whether you have coily natural hair or even dead straight locks, you can pull this look off with success!
23. Donut bun
The donut bun is a classically elegant prom hairstyle that’s guaranteed to look great and stay intact all evening long. What’s more, it’s incredibly easy to achieve, too.
24. Half-up, half-down hair bow
25. Classic French braid
If you plan to dance the night away at your prom, keeping your hair off your face is a must! And this classic, yet totally on-trend hairstyle will allow you to do just that.
Perfect for girls with luscious long locks, the French braid is simple yet highly effective!
26. Elegant vintage waves
To inject a generous dose of Old Hollywood glamour into your look, precision ’20s-inspired finger waves, styled into a beautiful updo, are absolutely perfect – ensuring that you’ll look sleek, sophisticated and ultra stylish for the entire night.
27. Messy chignon
The chignon is a fail-safe choice for prom, and this slightly tousled and textured version makes it instantly modern. This look is by far one of our favourite prom hair looks, and just proves that sometimes you just can’t beat a good old classic!