Got the perfect dress for prom but still stuck on which hairstyle to do? If you have naturally curly locks, or you’d like to curl your hair specially for your school prom, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got plenty of curly prom hairstyles to choose from because we all like to have options!
1. Floral accessories
Wearing a pastel-coloured or floral patterned prom dress for your big night? Then why not accentuate it with a set of voluminous curls and a matching flowery hair accessory?
2. Half-up braid
As soon as prom season hits, the half-up braids come out to play and this romantic style is our idea of #hairgoals. Statement but still understated, it’s no wonder this style is still one of the best curly prom hairstyles around. Credit: @hairbyjordancarter
3. Wispy fishtail ponytail
Believe it or not, ponytails make excellent prom hairstyles for curly hair. They’re a way of being able to wear your hair up while still being able to show off your beautifully coily lengths.
Rather than doing anything too elaborate, why not try rocking a sparkling tiara? You’ll not only look utterly glamorous, but it’ll also help create extra volume at the roots, so no worrying about flat hair in your photos – bonus!
5. Unicorn braid
Have bob or lob-length hair and need prom hairstyles for short curly hair? Have you thought about a unicorn braid? Also referred to as a parting braid, they’re a fun half-up style that doesn’t require too much length. Credit: @penteadosx
6. Curly fauxhawk
Why not channel vintage-chic at your prom by asking your stylist to style your curls into this half-up, half-down faux hawk?
Editor’s tip: Regardless of which curly prom hairstyle you pick, we love the TRESemmé Botanique Curl Conditioning Mousse to help enhance your hair’s natural shape and style.
Distribute 2-3 pumps evenly through your hair and scrunch for curl definition. For a more natural-looking curl, allow to air dry.
7. Twisted updo
Think you want to opt for an updo? This twisted braided bun looks especially great on curly hair as it adds texture, giving a pretty, whimsical feel to the style. Remember to leave a few curls loose around your face for a soft finish. Credit: @sbhm_stylists
8. Braided headband
Just because you have curly hair, doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with braids.
A great way to keep your curls off your face when you’re dancing the night away is to braid the front section of your hair to create a braided headband.
Here’s our braided headband step-by-step tutorial to prove just how simple it is to do!
9. Half-up side braid
Know you want to wear your hair down but just want something that’s going to make it that bit more special than your everyday curls? Let us introduce you to our fave half-up side braid, a simple update that’ll make your mane a winner. Credit: @luxyhair
10. Pretzel bun
Hunting for prom hairstyles for naturally curly hair? Fear not, the easy, low pretzel bun is here to save you from your prom night hair terrors.
This timeless hairstyle never fails to look on-point, especially when it’s teamed with occasionwear – hello, just look at Meghan Markle!
11. Hollywood glam curls
Prom calls for red carpet levels of glam, which is why we couldn’t not include these Hollywood waves. The deep side part, lifted roots and voluminous curls are sure to make you feel like a silver screen star. Credit: @hairbyrudi
12. Glam waves
Editor’s tip: Lusting over this model’s gorgeously glossy mane? Yeah, us too. For waves that shine, take a serum such as the VO5 Heat Protect Serum and smooth a few pumps through your lengths. Instant silkiness, frizz control and added heat protection.
13. Rolled ponytail
Another one for the ponytail fans out there, we’re big fans of this creative rolled pony, complete with a charming barrette.
And, if you’ve been searching for prom hairstyles for long, curly hair, you know what to do… Credit: @hairbyramsay
14. Waterfall braid
Not a fan of looks that are overly sleek or too styled? Why not try adding a little bohemian love into your hair with this waterfall braid?
This braided hairstyle is easy to create and is sure to make your night one to remember.
15. Side chignon
You may be tempted to straighten your curly hair, but this look shows that embracing your natural hair texure can create a really beautiful and unique look. We recommend keeping your bun loose for a more effortless, lived-in look. Credit: @devonweddinghair
16. Defined curls
We all know that prom hairstyles for short, curly hair can be hard to come by, that’s why we’re just so in love with these ultra defined ringlets. Not a fan of heated styling? You can define your curls using flexi rods or by doing a braid-out!
Editor’s tip: Struggle with definition and frizz? Create more defined curls with a natural shine with the TRESemmé Botanique Air Dry Curl Cream.
Apply 2-3 pumps to damp hair, scrunch and distribute evenly and let your locks air dry.
17. Retro beauty
We love that this ’60s influenced, half-up curly hairstyle is so pretty but also really easy to do (so, no extra hair classes required).
18. Half-up pull through braid
Want your friends to think you’re a total braiding pro (or that you’ve gone to get your hair done by a professional)? Pull-through braids are the way forward.
19. Prom pineapple
Need prom hairstyles for curly hair? If you’ve got a head full of curls that you want to stylishly keep off your face for the night, we’ve got just the thing: a pineapple updo.
All you need to do is create a super high ponytail and use bobby pins to pin those big bouncy ringlets forwards and outwards. Simple.
20. Half-up bun
When it comes to curly prom hairstyles, buns are always a staple. Now, if you’re worried about having the exact same look as all your friends, why not try it as a half-up?
21. Short curly hair
Don’t let short curly hair limit your styling possibilities. Work with your naturally curly texture and rock the most perfect curled strands you’ve ever seen.
Editor’s tip: Nourish curly strands with the TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Hydrating Mist.
This lightweight hydration mist is free from silicones and enriched with our botanical blend of coconut milk and aloe vera to help smooth, condition and gently detangle hair.
22. Fishtail braided updo
This gorgeous curly bun gets a detailed twist with the addition of a fancy fishtail braid. It’s also a quicker alternative to more complicated braided updos as the bun itself is just a normal chignon with a single fishtail braid wrapped around it. Credit: @hairbysaretta
23. Faux bob
Want short tresses, but don’t want to chop off your hair? Totally understandable. The curly faux bob is the answer to your hair prayers, just follow our tutorial to find out how to join the bob brigade without commitment.
24. Edgy braided pony
Combining pretty curls with an edgier braided look, this Gigi Hadid-inspired style is surely the way to go for long, curly locks.