4 Sophisticated Hairstyles to Inspire Your Look for Prom

Get inspired to try something new for prom with this collection of sophisticated hairstyles.

Curating a look for prom can be a tricky business. Whether you’re planning to match with your date or try to coordinate a cohesive look with your group of friends, finding the perfect prom dress is only the first step. Here at All Things Hair, our advice is to start with a hairstyle you fall in love with and cultivate the rest of the look from there. The way your hair frames your face is especially important on a night when you’ll be snapping selfies and posing for professional photos. To help you out, we’re sharing four sophisticated updos that are chic, timeless and perfect for dancing the night away.

Sophisticated Hairstyles for Prom

brunette and blonde women wear fishtail braided crowns for prom
This modern runway look draws the perfect amount of attention to your hair. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

1. Mermaid Crown

The intricacy and structure of a fishtail braid is softened by the pulled apart and messy flyaways in this red carpet-worthy style. There are few hairstyles as classic as a braided crown and this particular incarnation makes the most of the fishtail trend. Heavy duty hold is key when it comes to creating a look that depends on messiness and the Suave Professionals Luxe Style Infusion Plump Hold Hairspray will keep your style in place all night. Create two fishtail braids and wrap them around the front of your head. Pin them into place, pull out a few loose strands around the bottom, and spray the style to ensure that it will survive the dance floor.

blonde woman with twisted updo for prom
This style looks intricate but it’s super easy to create. Photo credit: indigitaimages.com

2. Twisted Hairstyles

Consider a no-heat hairstyle for prom and try working with your natural texture. Apply the Dove Style + Care Volume Amplifier Mousse to your damp strands, then let your hair air-dry. Gather your hair into a smooth high ponytail and secure it with a hair tie. Using one-inch sections of hair, begin twisting strands and pinning them around the base of the ponytail. Continue twisting and pinning until you’ve created a high domed bun.

brunette woman wears low updo for prom
This style is breathtaking and super easy to create. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

3. Messy Updo

This is another style that capitalizes on your natural texture and still manages to look sophisticated and sleek. Creating a deep side part and gathering your hair into a low messy bun is a relatively simple style that’s taken up a notch by embracing intentional frizz. A tiny bit of back-combing at your roots after you secure your bun will give you the perfect amount of subtle drama.

brunette wearing a teased updo for prom
Sweep your hair off your face and let your makeup do the talking.

4. Dramatic Updo

Start by combing a drop of the Nexxus New York Salon Care Infinite Nourishing Hair Oil throughout the ends of your hair to add some extra shine. Then, back-comb your roots at the crown of your head until you’ve reached about two inches of volume. Smooth out the top layer and gather all of your hair into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck. Coil the strands of the ponytail around your base and pin them into place.

Looking for more hairstyles for prom? Check out 16 red carpet updo hairstyles to copy for your prom.