11 pretty prom hairstyles for medium hair

Prom hairstyles for medium hair have never looked so good!

Having medium-length hair may give you the best of both worlds when it comes to styling – enabling you to rock updosbraids and everything in between.  But just like everyone else, when it comes to finding the perfect prom hairstyles for medium hair, it can be a little overwhelming to find the one.

We think you deserve to rock up to prom in style and not spend time worrying about your mane! The solution? To simply look at our gallery and scroll to see all lovely prom hairstyles for medium hair we’ve found for you, below.

11 gorgeous prom hairstyles for medium hair

prom hairstyles for medium hair: dark brown haired model showing off gibson tuck hairstyle from behind while wearing bright yellow dress
Are you ready to dance the night away? Credit: Verity Jane Smith

1. Gibson tuck

Picture yourself dancing the night away? Then this elegant Gibson tuck is all you need to help keep your mane stylishly in place while you focus your efforts on taking over the dance floor.

Next read: A step-by-step guide to creating the Gibson tuck.

prom hairstyles for medium hair: emma stone copper hair in waves styled in a side parting on the red carpet
Nothing says prom queen than Gatsby-esque waves. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

2. Hollywood waves

You’ll be oozing sophistication on your big prom day, that is, if you decide to channel your inner Hollywood siren and rock this timeless wavy hairstyle. Thanks for the inspo, Emma Stone!

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Editor’s tip: Ensure you seal in your style, or any other of these prom hairstyles for medium hair, with a generous spritz of TRESemmé Extra Hold Hairspray. Protect your tresses from humidity with this all day natural hold hairspray with the added benefit of 24-hour frizz control.

prom hairstyles for medium hair: Brunette model with medium length hair with draped French braid across front of hair wearing striped tshirt
When in doubt, braid it out.

3. Draped French braid

Braided hairstyles are aplenty and are sure to be a popular prom choice among your fellow classmates, too. So, to stand out from the crowd, why not show off your braided skills with an intricate draped French braid?

prom hairstyles for medium hair: rita ora on red carpet with dirty blonde curly hair in a undone high updo wearing a red dress
Curly hair? Try this. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

4. Undone curls

If you want to show off your curly hair for prom, we suggest turning to Rita Ora for inspiration.

Taking the red carpet by storm, Rita showed off her curls in an undone updo, which we think makes for a fab prom hairstyle.

Style tip: For a nonchalant finish, remember to pull out some loose strands to fully embrace the undone look.

prom hairstyles for medium hair: model with dark brown straight hair styled in a beehive bouffant updo with gold floral headband wearing a navy lace dress
The bigger the hair, the better!

5. Beautiful bouffant

Bouffant hairstyles may be known for their retro appeal but they can also be given a modern twist, simply by adding hair accessories.

For a memorable look, opt for a golden flower headband and loosen some tendrils of hair at the front to fall around your face for a soft finish.

prom hairstyles for medium hair: jennifer morrison with blonde hair styled in milkmaid braids wearing a strapless dress
There’s nothing wrong with looking an angel. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

6. Milkmaid braids

When it comes to prom hairstyles for medium hair, you can’t go wrong with milkmaid braids. Not only are they beautiful to look at, but they’re incredibly easy to create too.

Tempted to try this boho look for prom? Then check out our milkmaid tutorial.


Editor’s tip: Dealing with finer strands? If you’re finding it difficult to braid, using a texturising dry shampoo like the TONI&GUY Matt Texture Dry Shampoo, can help.

Not only will it help refresh your strands, but it’ll also add grip to your mane, making it easier for you to plait.

prom hairstyles for medium hair: diane kruger blonde straight hair styled in a twisted updo
Braid rookies will appreciate this twisted style. Credit: Rex By Shutterstock

7. Twisted updo

Braided prom hairstyles for medium hair can seem daunting for newbies to plaiting, but luckily for you, twisted updos are the next best option (just ask Diane Kruger).

Next read: Twisted updos worth trying.

Brunette model with medium length hair wearing hair in low ponytail with volume around the crown
Give your ponytail an update with this voluminous style.

8. Bouffant ponytail

Ponytail hairstyles may remind you of the classroom but once you give this plumped up version a try, it’ll become your new BFF.

To make this style prom-worthy, add a little volume around the crown for a dramatic touch, and make it look seamless by concealing your hairband by wrapping a small piece of hair around it.

Dark haired model wearing her medium length hair in glam waves vintage style
Roll up to prom with this glamorous style. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

9. Glam roll

Not only is this rolled hairstyle the epitome of glamour, but it will also ensure you have the glitziest prom hairstyle for your medium hair — especially when you pair it with swanky earrings.

brown hair model showing of low sleek wrapped tuck bun hairstyle from back view
Smooth and sleek styles will ensure your prom hairstyle is a success.

10. Low chignon bun

When you need a show-stopping prom hairstyle to impress all your friends, look no further than this low chignon bun hairstyle.

This impressive updo is the perfect style for your medium tresses, just rock this tuck-meets-bun with attitude for the most dreamy hairstyle.

prom hairstyles for medium hair: kate bosworth light blonde straight hair styled in a side parted bun updo
Kate Bosworth never fails to impress us. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

11. Smooth updo

We love how simple Kate Bosworth styles her hair. Her smooth side-parted updo with a loose waves wins it for us as a prom hairstyle for medium hair, how about you?

Editor’s tip: To get Kate’s gorgeous sheen, reach for the fan fave VO5 Tame & Shine Spray. Not only is this hair essential ideal for finishing your look, but since it has added heat protection, you can use this spray before styling, too!



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