With the exception of your wedding day, prom night is the most glamorous event in many of our diaries. So, naturally, the pressure is on to find truly showstopping prom hairstyles. Up looks are a prom staple for a reason, so we’re helping you narrow down your style search by showing you some of our favourites.
Below you’ll find 10 amazing formal updos that’ll have you looking picture perfect in all your prom snaps and have you looking back on your night (and your hair!) with the best memories.
10 formal updos that will see you crowned prom queen
1. Vintage ’20s tuck
If you’re struggling to decide how you’re going to wear your hair, looking at your dress is the best place to start. Gone for a vintage gown? Pair it with a suitably old-school look like this roaring ’20s tucked updo and you’ll look like a classy flapper girl. Credit: @styles_by_reneemarie
2. Beehive bun
All about the volume? Plump prom hairstyles up by gently teasing sections of your mane for added height and fullness. Don’t forget to use a comb to smooth over the top of the hair once you’re done backcombing, as this will conceal the messier underlayers and give a neater finish. Credit: @moon_beam_dreams
Editor’s tip: Before you start backcombing, give your hair something to hold on to by blasting some of the TONI&GUY Sky High Volume Dry Shampoo into your roots.
A quick spritz of dry shampoo is all you need to add some gritty texture and hold to your hair, meaning your newly-teased volume will stick around all night.
3. Braided bun
4. French braided updo
This pretty braided updo is essentially your classic French braid – just tweaked to make it more prom appropriate! Don’t be afraid to have a few loose pieces of hair hanging loose either as this will just add to the romantic, fairytale feel. Credit: @sabrinadijkman
5. French twist
Glamour pusses, look no further. The cosmopolitan French twist has an air of sass and sophistication about it, and is sure to make even the simplest LBD look a million dollars. Credit: @thewonderlabaintree
6. Halo braid
You want to feel like a goddess for your big night, so why not take the heavenly vibes in the most literal sense with a halo braid?
Aside from looking incredible, they’re perfect for keeping all of your hair up and out of your face – good to bear in mind if your dress has a high neckline or any back detailing you want to show off. Credit: @anotherlittleworld
7. Rope braid
Stylistically challenged and struggle to do anything more intricate than a regular 3-strand braid? Don’t worry, there are are loads of easy formal updos and this rope braid variation couldn’t be simpler.
8. Twisted low bun
Want to look prepped, preened and polished for the big night? This slick, high-gloss updo could be something straight off the runway, so fashionistas can end their hunt for the perfect hairdo here. Credit: @littlemiri3
Editor’s tip: Formal hair updos require bucket loads of shine, so when we’ve got an event on we reach for the VO5 Tame & Shine Spray.
It gives hair a dazzling boost of shine which is crucial for this look but also keeps your style looking pristine and flyaway-free.
9. Textured bun
When you envision a messy bun it’s probably not particularly suited to a black tie occasion, right? Well, your humble lazy day style just got a prom night glow up!
This undone but oh-so chic textured bun is low-key but lovely and perfectly fitting for a more wistful, boho look. Well played messy bun, well played. Credit: @caraclyne
10. Upside down braid
Braids and buns sound like a romantic pairing sent from heaven – and they are – but they can be edgy, too. This unconventional upside down braid was spotted on the Dior catwalk a couple of seasons ago and we love its potential for adding edge to a sweet and girly dress. Credit: @1ofakind_d