50 PERFECT Prom Hairstyles for Every Type of Hair

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Written by Rachel Miller

Updated: April 30, 2024

Prom is one of the most memorable moments in a teenager’s life. It’s the official end of your young school years, celebrated by a formal gala where everyone puts on their best. Everyone goes all out with dresses, makeup, and of course, hair. 

There are updos, sleek styles, half-updos, and so much more. And don’t think your hair type limits finding your perfect prom hairstyle. 

Whether your hair’s long or short, straight or curly, you’re bound to find your perfect prom hairstyle right here! Check out these 50 prom hairstyles just right for the occasion (and you!)!

Glamorous Hollywood Waves

Rocking a retro red carpet look for prom? Go for old Hollywood-glam waves. These voluminous vintage waves look good on any hair length, with soft movement for that texture that’s just a cut above finger waves. Get these waves with a large curling wand, curling inward and then pinning the curls to cool. Then, brush these curls out, and finish with a strong hold hairspray. 

#2. Intricate Knot Updo

Intricate Knot Updo

The intricate knot updo is a beautiful way to elevate your hair without going all out with curls and the works. This seemingly simple style features horizontal or vertical interconnected knots with intricate detailing. You can even add a braid for a little extra something.

#3. Subtle Tousled Bob

Subtle Tousled Bob

If you’re looking for an effortlessly elegant prom hairstyle, the subtle tousled bob is just what you need! This easy-breezy style is perfect for having a formal sophisticated look, with subtly tousled texture for a pinch of edge.

#4. Asymmetrical Side Swept Curls

Asymmetrical Side Swept Curls

For a modern meets classic look, go for an asymmetrical style with side-swept curls. The side part is the true asymmetrical element, giving you much more hair on one side. But the side-swept curls can throw the look offside so you can really stand out.

#5. Romantic Fishtail Crown

Romantic Fishtail Crown

Going for those boho princess vibes? A romantic fishtail-braided crown is the perfect prom hairstyle for you! This is an intricate-looking braid that always brings that relaxed beachy aesthetic, but is actually really simple. All you need to do is make a fishtail braid and wrap it around your head, pinning as much as needed for this style to stay put while you dance the night away.

#6. Double Dutch Braids to a Low Bun

Double Dutch Braids to a Low Bun

Double Dutch braids bring a fun and sporty vibe to any look. And with a low bun, you get fun and romantic, rolled into one. All you’ve got to do is create two Dutch braids running on either side of your head, down into an elegant low bun.

#7. High Ponytail with Accent Braid

Sleek High Ponytail with Accent Braid

If you’re into old-fashioned-meets-high-fashion looks, go for a high ponytail with an accent braid. This contemporary take on the ponytail starts with an accent braid, going across the top of your head and back to connect with a sleek high ponytail, which you can style any way you want. Leave it sleek, incorporate it into the braid, or curl it. Whatever you want!

#8. Layered Shoulder-Length Waves

Layered Shoulder Length Waves

Nothing blends easy-going and elegant better than layered shoulder-length waves. These casual curls are famous for instantly upgrading any aesthetic. Use a curling iron, wand, or flat iron to get your favorite waves. You can also brush them out for an even softer look.

#9. Retro Updo with Victory Rolls Updo

Retro Victory Rolls Updo

Is old-school glam your vibe for prom? Go for a retro updo with victory rolls. This pin-up-inspired style creates a stunning updo with big, glorious victory rolls. All you have to do is use two fingers to wrap your hair around and pin it up into victory rolls. Yep. Old-school glam is that simple!

#10. Sleek and Straight Lob

Timeless Straightened Lob

If you’re all about the minimalist aesthetic, all you need for a stunning prom hairstyle is a sleek and straight lob. This timeless style is super easy and gives an effortlessly high-class feeling that pairs with any aesthetic.

#11. Low Twisted Chignon

Twisted Low Chignon

The low twisted chignon is a perfect blend of delicate and dashing. All you need to do is create a low twisted chignon bun and free a few wispy ends. You can leave them straight or curl them. Add a hairpiece to make this prom hairstyle extra special.

#12. Classic Beehive Updo

Classic Beehive Updo

Go back to the type of big hair, bright colors, and good music. No, we’re not talking about the 80s. Before the huge hair of the 1980s, it was all about the 60s beehive bouffant. This is a timeless style that brings nothing but regal vibes. And, it’s the perfect updo for that crown!

#13. Textured Beachy Waves

Textured Beachy Waves

Bring that summer-ready style to your prom look with textured beachy waves. These soft, textured waves are easy-breezy, and give your look all those beach goddess vibes. Style with a flat iron or curling wand in different directions, then spritz with texturizing spray and tousle for that extra windswept element. You can also take this look up a notch with a fancy hairpiece or even with a fishtail braid.

#14. Feathered Half-Updo on Loose Curls

Loose Curls Feathered Half Updo

Take your prom aesthetic sky high with a feathered half-updo on loose curls. This is a soft and romantic look, ideal for longer hair, with big, loose curls, half-up in a bouffant-esque style, and feathered out for maximum volume, movement, and elegance. 

#15. Cascading Mermaid Braid

Cascading Mermaid Braid

Looking for a simple way to give your look all those fairytale vibes? Go with a cascading mermaid braid! This accent braid has intricate waterfall weaving that flows through your hair, bringing ethereal-level beachy vibes. Style with waterfall curls to make this style really make waves with this!

#16. Voluminous Curled Updo

Voluminous Curled Updo

If you have natural curls, don’t flatten them out for prom. Put them up, in a voluminous curled updo. All you have to do is roll your hair into a puffed-out bouffant bun. You can style this bun however you like, whether slicked back, side-parted, middle-parted, with braids, or with a few wispy pieces. It’s all up to you, babe!

#17. Sleek Side Part Bob

Sleek Side Part Bob

Going for a smooth style? You need a sleek side-parted bob! All you need to style this cut is a good old flat iron. Then, part it to the side for a slice of sophistication. Keep this style super sleek with a shine spray or anti-frizz serum.

#18. High-Textured Ponytail

High Textured Ponytail

If your look for prom is all things edgy glam, elevate it with a high-textured ponytail. The contrast between your slicked-back hair and the high-textured ponytail creates an effortless sleek and spunky style. All you have to do is put your hair up in a high pony and give it lots of texture in the back with some curls, teasing, or tousling.

#19. Grecian-Inspired Half-Up Crown

Grecian Inspired Half Up Crown

Get a prom hairstyle that could launch a thousand ships with a Grecian-inspired half-up crown. This style features beautiful bouncy curls done half-up and completed with a crown braid or hairpiece for a regal and ethereal aesthetic.

#20. Twisted Bun with Fishtail Accent Braid

Low Twisted Bun with Fishtail

If you’re looking for a soft and simple look with relaxed romance, look no further than a twisted bun with a fishtail accent braid. All this elegant look takes is a low or high twisted bun and a fishtail accent braid for a little beachy flair. You can also pull out a few strands to frame your face.

#21. Waterfall Twist Braid

Waterfall Twist Braid

Get an easy and elegant flow with a waterfall twist braid. This intricate braid blend flows your hair to bring instant mermaid vibes to any prom hairstyle, whether it’s sleek or curly, up or down.

#22. Reverse French Twist

Reverse French Twist

The reverse French twist is a modern revival of this classic prom hairstyle, with new and improved volume and a twist that has two different sections that twist in opposite directions and are pinned at the nape of your neck. This is a cool and classy updo option for shoulder-length hair.

#23. Loose Waves with a Decorative Side Clip

Side Clipped Locks for Loose Waves

Go with effortless elegance, and style your hair with luxe loose waves and a decorative side clip for that extra touch. All you need is a large curling wand and a cool clip that coordinates with your dress.  

#24. Braided Crown with Flower Accents

Flower Adorned Braided Updo

Bring some flower power to your look with a braided updo adorned with flowers. The braided crown brings strong Boho vibes, while the flowers give that ethereal flower-child look, which is perfect for prom season!

#25. Chunky Crown Braid

Chunky Crown Braid

Nothing says summer glam better than a big, voluminous chunky crown braid. This is a super-easy style with an unbeatable chic style. All you need to do is create a chunky, loose braid, plating around your head. Use the texturizing spray and pancake the braid for that extra va-va-voom.

#26. Curly Hair with a Shimmery Pin

Curly and Shimmery Pin

No need to straighten or re-curl your natural texture. Let your curls come out and play! Style your curly hair in a side part, and finish it with a shimmery pin on the side. Even if you don’t have naturally curly hair, this is a perfect simple yet stunning hairstyle.

#27. Whimsical Side Swept French Braid

Whimsical Side Swept French Braid

If you need an easy-breezy Boho prom hairstyle, look no further than a whimsical side-swept French braid. This elevated version of the classic French braid starts with texturized curls. Bring them back into a bouffant, and then create a voluminous French braid. Pancake the braid to make it bigger, and pull out a few wispy strands.

#28. Short Glam Waves

Short Hair Glam Waves

Bring all those vintage vibes to your prom look by giving your short hair some glam waves. These soft waves bring undeniable style to short hair, with a full body and smooth, glamorous movement worthy of the red carpet. Simply create loose curls, then brush out and style, using a strong-hold hairspray to keep the shape.

#29. Elegant Low Twisted Bun

Elegant Low Twisted Bun

Go smooth and sophisticated with an elegant low twisted bun. This sleek and straight look only takes a little teasing at the crown for top volume, and the rest of your hair is pulled down to a low twisted bun. Use a shine spray for that super-polished style.   

#30. Chic High Bun with Blunt Bangs

Chic High Bun with Bangs

Pairing a chic high bun with blunt bangs is the perfect chic meets sassy style for prom. And even better? It takes seconds. All you’ve got to do is create a high bun and style your blunt bangs with a straightener for that extra chic touch.  

#31. Romantic Low Chignon

Romantic Low Chignon

Go for that fairytale princess meets prom queen aesthetic with a romantic low chignon. Simply give yourself some crown volume, and then style your hair in a low chignon, pinning it in place at the nape. This style works on any hair texture but looks best with curls for that extra ethereal appeal. Pull out a few strands at the front for that romantic touch.

#32. Feathered Pixie Cut

Feathered Pixie Cut

Looking for a way to revamp your pixie cut for prom? Get some feathered layers! This light and airy layering is the perfect thing to spice up this shortcut, with more volume and some edgy texture.

#33. Sleek High Ponytail

High Sleek Ponytail

The sleek high ponytail is a simple but stunning style that brings an instant chic vibe to long straight hair. All you need to do is straighten your hair for that extra pin-straight look and slick it back into a high ponytail. Use some shine serum or sparkles to take this style to the top!

#34. Retro Waves with Pin Curls

Retro Victory Rolls

For a timelessly tasteful style with vintage flair, you need retro waves with pin curls. These soft, structured waves bring a classic old Hollywood element to your look, elevated by pin-curls for that shorter, pinup look.

#35. Dutch Braid into a Low Bun

Dutch Braid into Low Bun

If you love the low-bun look, but you want to add a Boho-chic touch to it, go for a Dutch braid that transitions into the bun. The Dutch braid wraps around the front of your head for a crowned look, moving to the side, and into the back. Then, create a voluminous low bun, pin, and your set!

#36. Classic French Twist

Classic French Twist

Choose soft sophistication and simplicity, with a classic French twist. This elegant look only takes moments. All you have to do is pin your to one side, then tuck and fold the rest of your hard inward, pining in place once you’ve reached the center. You can wear this with a side part, middle part, or even slicked back for that extra sleek touch. It’s all up to you!

#37. Asymmetrical Curly Bob

Asymmetrical Curled Bob

Need a bouncy, bubbly, and prom hairstyle for your natural curls? No problem! The asymmetrical curly bob has you covered! The asymmetrical bob is characterized by the side-parting, giving one side much more hair than the other. But when combined with curls, this bob gets a facelift, with even more volume, texture, and style for bouncy curls and a fun and girly vibe. 

#38. Top Knot with Thick Front Piece

Half Up Top Knot

Keep things fresh and casual with a simple and chic top knot with free-flowing front pieces to frame your face and elevate that carefree vibe. Pull up your hair into a top knot bun, leaving two thick pieces of your bangs down. You can curl them or leave them straight, depending on your preference.

#39. Mermaid Waves

Mermaid Waves

Mermaid waves bring nothing but Boho glam vibes, and we’re here for it! If that’s the look you’re going for, all you need to get these soft coastal curls is a large curling wand and sea salt spray. Curl your hair, brush it out into waves, and use the texturizing spray for that beach flair.

#40. Double French Braid into a Low Bun

Double French Braid into Low Bun

Buns and braids are in this year! Take this trend to prom with double French braids that work down into a low bun. Braid each side of your hair in a double French braid, connecting them at the nape of your neck. Then, create a low bun with the rest of your hair. Pancake the braids as needed for a luxurious and voluminous vibe.

#41. Side Swept Hollywood Waves

Side Swept Hollywood Waves

Go for old-fashioned flawlessness, with side-swept Hollywood waves. These waves bring bombshell-level volume and body to any hair length, for a show-stopping style. All you need to do is style your hair in a side part, curl and brush it and hit it with the hairspray.

#42. Braided Halo Crown

Braided Halo Crown

Go all-out boho goddess with the braided halo crown. This updo looks sweet as pie, and it’s just as easy! Create a thick halo braid that goes across your head like a crown. Then, pin to keep it in place while you dance the night away!

#43. Slicked-Back Long Hair

Slicked Back Long Hair

Rock your long, luscious locks with a subtle yet statement style, and slick everything back. This super sleek style brings all those clean and polished vibes for this formal event, and puts the spotlight on your dress and makeup! All you have to do is slick your hair back with strong hold gel and let the rest flow at the back.

#44. Flapper Inspired Bob with Finger Waves

Flapper Inspired Bob with Finger Waves

Nothing makes a statement like a century-old style, like the flapper-inspired bob with finger waves. These long-loved styles bring an unbeatable glam to any look, which makes them perfect for prom. All you have to do is style your bob haircut in finger waves, using gel to help this look hold on tight. Or, take the easy round and create these controlled waves with a flat iron, and use a styling cream to manipulate the movement.

#45. Spiral Curls Pinned Up

Spiral Curls Pinned Up

Whether natural or styled, spiral curls are the perfect spin on any look. And, they make creating an elegant updo so much easier. Curl your hair with a small iron or wand for those perfect springy curls, then pin randomly, creating a carefree yet captivating updo. Leave a few curly strands out for a little more flair.

#46. Curly Mohawk with Braided Sides

Mohawk Braid with Curls

If your curls are already sporting a spunky style like a mohawk, you don’t need much to level up that look. But if you’re thinking about getting it cut just for prom, you can give it a cool twist by braiding the sides for an intensified edgy element. 

#47. Textured Low Ponytail

Textured Low Ponytail

Go simple and striking with a textured low ponytail. All you need for that perfectly messy texture is some soft waves and texturizing spray. Then, tease your crown for more volume, and gather the rest of your hair in a low ponytail. Tousle the waves to get even more texture. And for even more of that perfectly undone vibe, let out a couple of loose strands. 

#48. Glam Beehive Updo

Glam Beehive Updo

Looking for a 60s-glam style? Go for a glam beehive updo. Start by separating a section from the front of the top of your head, and brushing back the rest. Tease the crown section for that classic bouffant shape, and then gather it on the top of your head. Create a roll, pinning it down at the top. Then, sweep the other section to the side, making the same type of roll, and pinning right beside the first one (or inside, if it will fit). 

#49. Cascading Waterfall Braid

Cascading Waterfall Braid

A cascading waterfall braid is everything you need to create a show-stopping hairstyle for prom. This braid looks best with flowing soft curls for that gorgeous glam vibe. You can even have more than one for a multifaceted twist.

#50. Playful Space Buns

Playful Space Buns

If you love all things playful and fun, you’ve got to go for space buns! All you have to do is split your hair, create two ponytails at the top of your head, and wrap them into buns. Secure them in place with hair pins and give your hair some glitter for that extra-terrestrial edge.

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