9 Quick After-Party Hairstyles for Prom Season

Courtney Leiva | 28 March 2017
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Dance the night away by rocking one of these uncomplicated and easy post-prom hairstyles!

When you’re out dancing the night away at prom, you’ll probably want to transition into an easy hairstyle that you can rock at all of those cool after-parties. And while it’s nice to keep the hairstyle you wore at the prom, chances are you’ll want to wear something easier and more low-maintenance, especially if you’ve been sporting a tight updo. Easy braids and buns, for example, can give your hair a relaxed yet pretty look that’s still on-trend and fun. Read on to check out some of our favorite after-party hairstyles that require minimal styling effort but are still totally cool. 

After-Party Hairstyles: 9 Easy Looks You’ll Want to Wear After Prom

After-party hairstyles include quick and easy top knot styles.
A top knot is quick and easy to create.

1. Top Knot

If you are tired of wearing an updo style all night long, it never hurts to go for after-party hairstyles that are quick and easy. Achieving this top knot look isn’t too difficult, where you simply need a good elastic and some bobby pins. Create your knot by brushing your hair upside down, and create a high ponytail that sits on top of your head. To get that polished top knot finish, use your bobby pins (and a donut hair tie) to tuck and pin your hair into place. For reference, check out our top knot tutorial to get the full scoop.

after-party hairstyles included braided low ponytail looks.
After-party hairstyles can be as easy as quick, braided low ponytail looks.

2. Braided Low Pony

Suitable for those with naturally curly hair, trying out a braided low pony requires minimal effort to create. To get the look, simply create some side braids on the sides of your head, and tie your hair back into a loose ponytail that sits at the nape of your neck. Yes, it’s really that easy to rock such a cool hairstyle post-prom.

After-party hairstyles include quirky space buns.
Space buns are quirky and chic! Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith.

3. Space Buns

If you wore your hair down for the majority of prom, wearing it up in funky space buns can help easily shake up your look. To create your buns, you’ll want to use a styling product that can help secure your buns into place. For a styling gel that won’t leave your hair crunchy or super-dry, apply some of the TRESemmé Two Extra Firm Control Gel onto your hair before to ensure that your style stays put. Once you apply the gel, separate your hair into two high pigtails that sit on the top of your head. Then, use bobby pins to wrap and tuck your buns into perfect place.

TRESemmé TRES TWO EXTRA FIRM CONTROL GEL
after-party hairstyles include dreamy beach waves.
Turn your braids and buns into gorgeous beachy waves.

4. Beachy Waves

When you’ve worn braided styles all night long, feel free to undo your style to reveal gorgeous waves. However, if your style needs a little more texture, spray some sea salt spray onto your hair. Then scrunch the product with your fingers to create that undone beachy look.

After-party hairstyles include chic unicorn braid ponytails
After-party hairstyles include chic unicorn braid ponytails.

5. Unicorn Braided Ponytail

Tired of a wearing a basic pony? There’s no need anymore, especially thanks to the simple yet chic unicorn braid. To achieve this style, follow this unicorn braid tutorial to score this fun style.

after-party hairstyles include half knot styles.
A half-knot style takes under 10 minutes to style. Photo credit: Faraz Essani Photography

6. Half-Updo Knot

After-party hairstyles also include quick half-up knot styles, which look super-flattering on medium and long hair lengths. To achieve this style, create your signature half-up and then braid that section. Wrap your braid around your half-up style, pin it in place and you’re good to go!

After-party hairstyles include super easy plaited ponytails.
A plaited ponytail won’t take too much time to create. Photo credit: Dvora

7. Plaited Ponytail

Plaited ponytails are after-party hairstyles that take less than 10 minutes to create. Seriously! Simply have a brush, like the Ibiza CX2 Paddle Hair Brush, on hand to create your where you smooth out your hair and then section off the top part of your head. Create several mini braids, collecting them all into one seriously on-trend low ponytail.

IBIZA CX2 PADDLE HAIR BRUSH
after-party hairstyles include loose braided looks.
A loose and romantic braid works for any occasion. Photo credit: Dvora

8. Loose Braid

Ideal for those with some braiding skills under their belt, a loose side braid is equal parts flirty and romantic. Simply take your hair to one side of your body and then create a simple three-strand braid, working your way down. Don’t stress if the look is a little messy–the looser the better is key with this post-party look.

after-party hairstyles include accessorized bun looks.
Dress up basic buns with the right accessories. Photo credit: Dvora

9. Easy Accessorized Bun

Want to give your basic bun hairstyle a new life without doing all that much? Try dressing up your look with simple floral accessories that are lying around post-prom. Opt for a few flowers or a whole  Seriously, how easy is that?!

Looking for more prom hairstyling ideas? Here are the best prom hairstyles for your star sign!