10 Curly prom hairstyles that’ll suit every dress

All Things Hair | 23 June 2017

Looking for prom hairstyle for naturally curly hair? Or frantically hunting for prom hairstyles for short curly hair? Whatever your curly prom hairstyles quest, you can find your heavenly hair match, here!


Got the perfect dress for prom, but still stuck on which hairstyle to do? You’ve come to the right place. Because we’ve got pretty curly hairstyles for prom to suit every type of dress you might have in mind.

Whether your outfit is short, long, modern, or romantic, rest assured, we’ve got a hairdo for you. So, read on to discover the most gorgeous curly prom hairstyles to try now.

So, read on to discover the most gorgeous curly prom hairstyles to try now.

10 Cute and curly prom hairstyles


voluminous curls hairstyle accessorised with floral prom hairstyles for curl hair DVF SS16
Voluminous curls with pinned back side. Credit: indigitalimages.com

1. Accessorised curls

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?

prom hairstyles for curly hair: wavy long hairstyle with floral headband
Team your flowing waves with a headpiece. Credit: indigitalimages.com

2. Dazzling headpieces

Prom hairstyles for long curly hair or waves needn’t be complicated. Simply add a bedazzling headpiece to the front of your hair, you’ll not only look utterly glamorous, but it’ll also help create extra volume at the roots – bonus!

Model with curl retro-inspired, half-up half down curly quiff
Take a step back with these retro, quiff-inspired waves. Credit: indigitalimages.com

3. Fauxhawk a with fringe

Curly fauxhawks are super stylish, didn’t you know? To channel vintage-chic at your prom, ask your stylist to style your natural curls into this half-up, half-down fauxhawk.

Get them to leave a section of hair free at the front, so that you can create a retro-inspired hanging fringe. You’ll look like a total bombshell, we promise!

red head model with braided headband/headline prom hairstyles for curly hair
Why not try out this beautiful braid for prom?

4. 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!

A dark haired woman with curly hair put into a low side bun hairstyle
Keep it simple with this lovely low bun.

5. 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 effortlessly stylish, especially when it’s teamed with occasionwear. Just nail the look with our step-by-step tutorial.

Medium brown haired model at Matthew Williamson SS15 with a glam wavy prom hairstyle
Oh-so-glam waves for prom? Credit: indigitalimages.com

5. Pretty prom waves

Not a natural curly or wavy-haired gal? Well, you can still create curly hairstyles for prom, just use hot rollers or a curling tong, of course.

Psst! You find out how to create this glam look with our tutorial, here.

Young woman with light purple coloured hair with waterfall braid for prom
Be a modern maiden with this waterfall braid.

6. Maiden waterfall braid

Most people will try and up their sophistication game on prom night, but if sleek and refined isn’t your thing, then why not try adding a little bohemian love into your hair with a waterfall braid?

Trust us, once you know how this braided hairstyle is rather simple and adds a high-impact twist to your prom look!

Curly redhead young woman with fringe and half up bouffant hairstyle
Be a retro prom queen! Credit: Verity Jane Smith.

7. Retro beauty

Vintage hairstyles fan? Tap into retro prom queen vibes for the night with this bouffant ‘do.

We love that this ’60s influenced, half-up curly hairstyle is pretty and really easy to do (so, no extra hair classes required).

Natural haired model with pinapple updo wearing a floral bomber in front of a party curtain
Who said the pineapple updo wasn’t for partying? Credit: Verity Jane Smith.

8. Prom pineapple

Need prom hairstyles for curly hair? If you’ve got a head full of curls, wearing them down can sometimes be a little overpowering. But the good news is, the pineapple doesn’t look wouldn’t look out of place on the dancefloor and doesn’t require a huge amount of styling expertise!

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.

Natural haired model with curly afro
Party-ready curls, here we come! Credit: Verity Jane Smith.

9. Contoured 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 this contoured curls hairstyle. Not a fan of heated styling? Then just define your curls using flexi rods instead.

Happy red head model with a wavy faux bob
Rock short hair without cutting your hair by working a faux bob.

10. Faux bob

Want short tresses, but don’t want to chop off your hair? Then 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.


Feeling inspired? Great! But don’t forget to let us know which of these pretty curly hairstyles for prom you’ll be opting for via Twitter, will you?


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