We all remember prom as being that one special night in the school year, where we’re allowed to dress up to the nines, have a blast with our favorite people and #YOLO the night away (until curfew, that is). Prepping for this big day involves weeks—if not months—of planning, and you’ve probably laid everything out to a T, from who your date is going to be to what limo to reserve and, yes, even the best prom hairstyles to go with that beautiful dress.
The only thing worse than having your parents immortalize that floppy hairdo on your fireplace for eternity is to show up with the same look as half your class.
Best Prom Hairstyles for Your Star Sign
Worry not: We’ve got a rundown of the best prom hairstyles for every zodiac sign that will make you feel like the prom queen you are. The stars have spoken:
Aries (March 21 to April 19): Hawk Hair
Always ahead of the pack, a theatrical updo that speaks volumes about your style savvy is just the thing for a go-getter like you. Work this evening wear version of a rockabilly pouf by ribboning in some bright temporary highlights at the nape to match your electric-hued cat-eye.
Hair how-to: Slick on a dime-sized drop of pomade onto your entire head, and give the hair on your crown some slight backcombing for some lift. Smooth it out with a comb and secure your new mini-pomp with a bobby pin on the underside. Tie the rest of your hair back in a sleek chignon and spritz with a firm-hold, shine hairspray such as Bed Head by TIGI Masterpiece Shine Hairspray.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20): Crown Braids
Braids were so your thing before everyone got on the bandwagon, and tonight’s the night to showcase one of 2016’s hottest prom hairstyles. A fab, Instagram-worthy crown braid (fit for a Prom Queen!) keeps hair away from your face while you’re shimmying it away with your honey—so practical and sensual, just like you.
Hair how-to: Prep hair with some mousse or volumizing cream like TRESemmé Max the Volume Root Lifting Cream and create a side part. Start French-braiding at the hairline from one side of your head across the crown to the other, tucking in the edge with a bobby pin. For inspiration, check out our crown braid tutorial.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20): Faux Shave
Can’t decide whether to keep your hair down or up? Why not do both—and take it to the next level—with a trendy, super cool fake side-shave that’s just made for that epic afterparty? Keep the smoke on those peepers with kohl liner that gives just the right amount of smudge.
Hair how-to: Rub some lightweight, texturizing wax such as Nexxus New York Salon Care Exxpand+ Volumizing Whip onto your lengths and create a deep side part with a fishtail comb. Create a baby French braid or cornrow on the narrower side, from the hairline to the nape, securing with a bobby pin. Create a flick on the thicker side with a flat iron for a bit of cool-girl texture.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22): Swingy Pony
This bouncy, blown-out high ponytail is as pretty, perky and angst-free as you are. Pair it with some pop-pink blush and sparkly bubblegum-hued gloss and you’re ready to get crazy in the photo booth with your besties!
Hair how-to: Apply a volumizing mousse such as Dove Style+Care Volume Amplifier Mousse to damp hair before blow-drying firmly from root to tip. Gather and secure hair into a tight ponytail at the crown of your head, leaving one lock free to twist around and hide your hair tie with. Give the tip of your pony a quick twirl on a curling iron for a flirty bend, and smooth down any frizzies and baby stragglers on your hairline with a serum.
Leo (July 23 – August 22): Dramatic Disco Curls
Make some room for the dancing queen, because your hair certainly needs its own zip code! Not one to shy away from drama and all-out glam, a head full of 1970s disco diva curls, a swipe of bright eyeshadow and glossy lipstick ensure the spotlight stays on you.
Hair how-to: Run a dollop of curling cream such as Bed Head by TIGI On the Rebound Curl Recall Cream on damp hair and blowdry with a diffuser. Part hair in the middle and curl sections up into hot rollers (tip: the direction of the curl should face away from the face). Unravel after 15 minutes tops, and set with some hairspray.
Virgo (August 23 – September 22): Chic Side-Chignon
Neat and tidy with a classy little twist—sounds familiar? Wait, we’re talking about the fancy updated bun you’ve got going on, which leaves no room for rookie mistakes and is the last word in understated sexy—which is why lots of girls consider this one of the best prom hairstyles to recreate in minutes. Pair with an impeccable red lip to get your point across to that cutie on your arm.
Hair how-to: Blowdry hair till damp and apply some shine serum like Nexxus New York Salon Care Encapsulate Serum to the lengths. Create a deep side part, gathering hair in the same direction, and make a low ballerina bun near your jawline or in the middle of your head for more formal appeal. Secure with some pins and a glitzy hair brooch.
Libra (September 23 – October 22): Razor-Sleek Pony
Nothing highlights a designer dress and flawlessly contoured makeup better than a sleek, shiny, sharp-as-your-wit deep ponytail. Known for being a head-turner in daylight, this glamorous and Instagram-worthy hairstyle certainly guarantees tonight is no exception. One of the best prom hairstyles out there? More like #EverydayGoals!
Hair how-to: Prep freshly washed strands with a frizz-fighting heat protectant such as TRESemmé Get Sleek Heat Protection Spray before blowdrying till damp. Run a flat iron from lengths to tips, and finish off that seal-like gleam with some serum. Create a side part and gather hair into a low ponytail at your nape. Secure with a hair tie.
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21): Reality Star Ringlets
You deal with everyday drama with aplomb and never do anything half-baked, so nothing but the glitziest for prom night of course! Big, sexy, camera-ready curls and thick false eyelashes are your picks for modern-day bombshell.
Hair how-to: Apply a lightweight volumizing spray such as Suave Professionals Luxe Style Infusion Weightless Blow Dry Spray onto damp hair and blow-dry till 90 percent dry. Section hair via some darby clips and twirl each section around a 1”-barreled curling iron, pinning curls to set. Remove pins after entire head is curled, zhuzh up gently and set with some light hairspray.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21): Crimped Half-Pony
Out of the box and unconventional, tonight’s the night for you to hotstep the trend quickly making a comeback: the crimp. One of the directional prom hairstyles out there, upgrade it by wearing it in a double half-updo and paired with some glitter lips.
Hair how-to: Spray on a thickening spray such as Bed Head by TIGI Superstar Queen For a Day on damp hair and blowdry till 90 percent dry. Part hair in the middle and crimp section by section from ear-length to end. Take a small lock from the upper left hairline and secure to one side with a pin. Repeat on opposite side.
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19): French Twist
You may be all business, but prom night is an exception—and one you’ve been waiting for all year. No way you’re gonna go with a casual, haphazard ’do, either… you’re going for one of the best prom hairstyles out there! A classic French roll that showcases your expensive color job (and those sparkly shoulder-dusters) is right up your alley.
Hair how-to: Apply some styling cream to blow-dried hair and brush—not comb!—to one side. Secure the side with bobby pins (enough so your hair is supported on its own) and start twisting the ponytail inwards and upwards, hiding the pins. Tuck the loose ends inside the roll with more pins and tighten the look with some finishing hairspray that will keep your style intact, such as TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Hairspray.
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18): Baby Beehive
The pioneer of the cheeky throwback, your penchant for recreating sexy, vintage prom hairstyles is all in good fun. Friendly yet always on-point, you love an avante-garde matte lip, especially when worn with a modern beehive and the sharpest cat-eye known to mankind. Prepare to spark major hair envy.
Hair how-to: Starting with moussed-up damp locks, blowdry lengths with a fat, round volumizing brush. Tease the crown to create a bump, backcombing for major lift then securing top layers with bobby pins. Slick a section of your hairline down for a side part, then gather everything into a middle bun. To finish, apply some majorly firm-hold hairspray, such as Nexxus New York Salon Care Maxximum Finishing Mist.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20): Romantic Waves
#MermaidHair alert! Long, cascading waves are your signature, and upping the ante for tonight’s prom hairstyles involves a glamorous, Old Hollywood take. Brushed-out ringlets hanging over one shoulder keep the focus on that shimmery décolleté and your super kissable lips.
Hair how-to: Run a frizz-fighting heat protectant such as Suave Luxe Style Infusion Anti-Humidity Spray through damp hair, then blowdry and section. Curl each around a 1 ¼” curling iron barrel, let sit and loosely brush out to one side, aligning each curl with the other. Mist with light hairspray.
Which of the best prom hairstyles listed here are you excited to try out?