Prom Hair Styles Fit for a Queen

Apr/20/2022 / by Melanie Fourie
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Senior prom is an important milestone event for any teenaged girl. You may have checked most items off your priority list like your dress, date, shoes, and accessories. But what if you have no idea on what to do with your crowning glory? Just like prom makeup, prom hair is equally crucial for a dazzling look. Here’s a guide on what hairstyles you can do with long hair, short hair, and prom hairstyles that are half up and half down. 

Prom Hairstyles for Long Hair

The following steps will help you create some breathtaking styles for long hair. It also includes half up and half down prom hairstyles, as well as some of the products, styling appliances, or accessories you may need. 

  1. – This is the epitome of elegance. When you make the chignon, let it hang loosely near the nape of your neck in a sideways fashion. You can also leave some tendrils hanging loosely, to complete the look. You’ll need some bobby pins, a comb, and some hairspray for this. 
  2. – Add an element of femininity with this classic up do. You can create a loose chignon with bobby pins. Once the chignon is secured, decorate your head with real flowers or floral accessories.
  3. – This is one of the easiest and prettiest prom hair up dos. Simply make a French braid from the lower half of your head down. Gather your front hair from each side, and make a high bun with it. Then lift your French braid, and twirl it around the high bun. 
  4. – This is another classic prom hair look. If your hair is not naturally curly, you can curl it first with a curling iron. Then braid it very loosely, while leaving out some strands to elegantly frame your face. You can leave your braid to the back, or dangle it to the side. 
  5. – Tie your hair into a loose ponytail, and make some loose curls with a curling tong. Be sure to keep your curls looking more tousled than tight. 
  6. – Plait your hair into several loose plaits, before tying them all in a loose bun, just above your neck. You can also leave a few wavy side strands hanging down. You will need some bobby pins, hairbands for the braids and ponytail, and some hairspray to set your style. 
  7. – Curl your hair into loose ringlets. Take strands of hair from the top section of your hand on each side, and make two braids on either side. Join the braids at the back of your head to form a braided crown. 

Prom Hairstyles for Short Hair

The following list includes some ideas for short hair, as well as hairstyles for half up and half down looks. You can also get an idea on product types and accessories here. 

  1. Twist a few strands of hair from just above each temple. Pull the strands to the back of your head, and tie it with some beautiful floral accessories. 
  2. – If your hair is in a bob, tousle it a bit by teasing it upwards with a brush. Once tousled, take a headband, decorate it with artificial flowers and a sheer ribbon on the end, and place it on your head in a crown-like angle. 
  3. – This is one of those classic prom hairstyles that makes it look like you have long hair when you don’t.  Simply create a chignon at the nape of your neck , and pin in down. This style looks great with bangs, so you may want to cut bangs for your prom hairdo. 
  4. – The pixie is already so versatile. You can wear it combed back, to the front, or combed to the side. One of the best ways to wear the side parted pixie is with a stylish accessory. You could also get an accessory that complements the rest of your outfit or jewelry.
  5. – Choose this look if you tend to be a bit daring, and if you’d like to steer from a classic look. Create a tousled or wavy look with your curling iron. Be sure not to pull the iron too tight, as your curls will look like tight ringlets and not waves. This style is ideal for someone free-spirited with shoulder-length hair. Be sure to avoid curling the ends of your hair, so your waves appear more natural. 
  6. – If you want, you could color your hair for this one, as a richer color can add more depth and radiance. Cut this bob in internal layers too for additional texture, and to make your hair appear less heavy. Create this fun look by first creating a tousled look with some salt pray and curling cream.  Then twirl strands of hair between your fingers. You may then diffuse your entire head with a diffuser. When your curls are completely dry, place a curling wand over the waves as a final touch. 
  7. – Who says that braids are for long hair only? Braid strands of hair from the top of your head on either side, and interweave this with the rest of your hair. If you prefer, you may add some floral accessories to the end of the braids where it joins the rest of your hair. This makes the ends look more elegant and neater. 
  8. – Plait two braids around the top section of your hair, and leave the back part of your bob as is. This makes it look like you have a double braided crown placed on top of your head. There’s no need for any ribbons or accessories, except for the hair ties you used to secure the braided crowns. Always ensure that the color of your hair ties match the color of your hair. 
  9. – If you want to create some waves, try sleeping with your hair in plaits the night before your prom. This is surely one of those easy prom hairstyles. If you don’t want to sleep with your hair braided the night before, simply use your curling iron to make some waves. Be sure to curl your hair away from your face. 
  10. – If you’ve always dreamed of wearing a vintage prom dress from the 1920’s, this hairstyle is for you. Part your bobbed hairdo sideways first. Flat iron your hair from the side path, to the end of your brow bone. Finger wave the rest of your hair right until the ends. Add some sheen spray for some glossy flair and you’re good to go. 
  11. – If you love volume, then the angled bob is just for you. Blow dry your angled bob straight. You can also create a side path if you prefer. Add more volume to the back of your head by placing a big blow dry brush in your top layers, and keep a hairdryer on there for a while. You’d be amazed at how much volume this creates at the back and top of your head.   
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How should I wear my hair for prom?

The way you wear your hair for your prom is largely dependent on whether or not it’s short or long. Styles are also largely dependent on whether your hair is straight, wavy, or super curly. If you want a specific style and don’t have the right hair type or length, you may have to cut your hair or straighten or curl it.

If you’re not sure which style to choose, you could base you decision on your face shape. This will flatter your face and prom outfit, so if you’re willing to make a drastic change, perhaps just go for a change. If you have a big forehead, opt for hairstyles that will hide your forehead, like an elegant braid that loosely overlaps your forehead. For a more balanced look, you can also opt for a messy asymmetrical or side bun.

If you have a diamond-shaped face, opt for a pixie cut that’s combed to the front. You can also wear your long hair to the side with this face shape. For a square-shaped face, you’d need to soften your look a bit with some layers, instead of choosing a box-shaped bob. You can also ask your stylist to cut your hair in a textured bob, so the cut looks less blunt or square.

For an oval face, opt for a prom hairstyle like a pixie haircut with longer side bangs, or a textured bob with short soft waves. If your hair is long and you have an oval face, you can wear it in a sleek ponytail with a side part. This is surely one of those elegant prom looks that complements a dress with simple, clean lines.

If you have a round face, you could choose a choppy bob with a side part, or a medium length shaggy hairdo with long layers and bangs.

How do you curl long hair for prom?

First wash and dry your hair. You should also apply a heat protective spray. Switch on your curling iron, and wrap the hair you want to curl around the curling iron. Wait for at least 2 minutes before removing the strands. If you want tight or springy curls, apply some curl cream to your hair first, before using your curling iron.

When should I get my hair done before prom?

Unless you want to add waves to your hair the night before by sleeping with braids, you shouldn’t do your hair that long before your prom. You want your hair to look as fresh as possible, so it’s best to do your hair at least 5 hours before your prom. This way, you’ll have enough time to make any changes to your hair, if you’re not quite happy with it.

How do you style short hair for prom?

Short hair is far more versatile than what it appears. If you have a pixie haircut, you can wear it downwards for a funky layered look. For elegant prom hair, wear your pixie smoothed to the back, or in a side part with a pretty accessory to complement your outfit. One of the most simple prom hairstyles or prom hair ideas, is the plain tousled longer bob as well.

Add more volume to an angled bob. Simply blow your hair out straight, before taking a big blow dry brush, and placing it in your top and back layers. Hold the blow dry brush there for a while, as you apply some heat from your hairdryer.