If you’re in love with your short hair, but you find that styling it for special occasions is a bit of a challenge, then the thought of going to prom can be rather daunting!
In any case, there is no need to worry: this article will help you discover +50 visually-stunning & stylish ideas for your short hair, be it a lob, bob, pixie, buzz cut, or anything in between!
Delicate Blooming Crown
This is what we imagine a short-haired Disney princess would wear at prom. It looks stunning, but not too opulent, drawing just the right amount of attention from the right people.
Oversized Pearl Crown
Just by looking at this list, you’ll get an idea of how versatile pearls can be for various styles! This prom hairstyle is dramatic and lively, making it a great choice for those with a flair for the dramatic.
The Marilyn Curls
Get yourself some prom inspiration from the woman who defined what it means to be a beauty queen! And if you’re already blonde, check out this list for more styling ideas for your golden locks!
Curly Bun For Short, Natural Hair
If your personal style is carefree and playful, opt for this messy yet charming bun. Actress Tessa Thomson shows how short curly hair never fails to liven up a hairstyle!
Audrey Hepburn Inspired Pixie
A charming hairstyle, coming from one of the greatest fashion icons of all time! Although all of Audrey Hepburn’s hairstyles are #goals, we find this short pixie look especially delightful and youthful.
Classy Low Bun
This classy, elegant low bun requires your hair to go down to at least chin level, preferably shoulder level. Add a few dainty hair accessories to further elevate this look. It is perfect for anything ranging from prom to a royal wedding!
This is not a look for those who prefer to stay in the shadows! If you’re confident and exuberant, and probably not afraid to show off a bit, why not go all the way with your prom look and remind everybody who’s the star out there?
Starlet Balayage & Big Curls
Even if your hair is slightly shorter than Margot Robbie’s, you can still pull off this hairdo like a true star! The balayage, old-Hollywood curls, and extra volume go together perfectly and create a look worthy of the red carpet.
Half Updo With Victory Rolls
Yet another vintage hairdo – but you surely agree that old-school glam is quite unmatchable! This half updo includes victory rolls and a few retro accessories, such as a rose or pearl accessories, and would be a great fit for a 20s inspired outfit.
Braided Half Updo With Glitter Roots
A bold hairstyle that seems to scream ‘girl power’! Make sure to expose your roots and use plenty of glitter so everybody can awe at the sight of this look. And check this list for even more fun half updo ideas!
Bob With Pearl Roots
You’ve seen the above suggestion about glitter roots and liked the concept, but not the glitter part? Fear not – this look is ideal for looking extra cool and extra elegant at the same time.
Natural Hair & Golden Crown
Hello, Goddess! This is a spectacular prom look for short hair of kinky texture. You just have to leave it in all of its natural glory and accessorize it with a statement crown and matching accessories.
Waterfall Braid Half Updo
A gorgeous prom hairstyle that is most suited for a voluminous lob or bob. Although it looks rather complex, the waterfall braid is a fairly easy braiding technique. Just practice it a few times before your big night and make sure it looks symmetrical!
Green Queen Prom Hairstyle
If you spent your high school years militating for ecological awareness and want to show your love for green even on your prom night, go with a crown worthy of a green goddess. You can DIY from real leaves, branches, and flowers, and skip the plastic entirely!
Pixie Side Braids
If your current haircut is a pixie, you might feel that your hairstyling options are quite limited. However, have you considered this quirky look that shows how you can creatively braid super short hair?
Just Add Pearls to short hair
These dainty pearl hair clips will make any hairstyle look special! Try wearing them with an updo or half updo, or just let your hair loose and let them be the main point of attraction!
Liz Taylor Inspired Curls
Let yourself be inspired by one of the greatest beauty queens of all time for your prom look! If your hair is dark in color and of short to medium length, go for this retro updo with curls and you’ll be the belle of the ball.
Braided Updo For Natural Hair
If you were blessed with beautiful natural hair, for your prom (or your next big event) you should try recreating this elegant updo. We love the attention to detail added by those side braids!
Cute Bob Half Updo: Four Looks
We’re loving all these variations of the well-known half updo, which will look great on a curly bob or lob! They are all so quirky, cute, and whimsical that we find it impossible to choose only one favorite.
20s Inspired Curls With Feather Headpiece
Now, we have quite a few entries inspired by the previous century in this list – however, this is by far the most spectacular, as it takes the 20s glam to the next level. The curls, the feather headpiece, the accessories, the makeup – we can already imagine a flapper dress and a fur coat as your prom look!
Braided Front Crown Pixie
Dedicated to girls with very short hair, this hairstyle involves creating a crown from your own locks – because, yes, you were born a queen!
Wet Look & Statement Earings
Not everyone’s a fan of the wet, slicked-back look, but if you are, why not try this hairstyle for prom? If you have short hair like Emma Watson, it can be a sleek & sophisticated choice. It will also keep your hair in place throughout the evening!
Sleek & Straight Lob
Simple, sleek, and sophisticated! You can let yourself get inspired by Kim Kardashian’s famous look if updos and extravagant hair accessories are not your slice of pie, but you still want to seem incredibly stylish.
Natural Hair Space Buns
Fun and flamboyant, this hairstyle is fairly easy to pull off – if your hair is of the right texture and length, of course! Furthermore, it’s practical and will ensure that you can dance and enjoy yourself all night long without worrying about how your hair looks!
Twiggy Inspired Short Hair
Forever a symbol of youthful radiance, Twiggy’s iconic short hair is a clever choice if you want to add a subtle vintage charm to your overall prom look!
Statement Hair Clamp
Running late? Feeling lazy? Absolutely despise styling your hair? Just invest in a statement hair clamp and let it take care of your looks, both casual and fancier ones!
Wavy Bob & Bold Lip
You can’t go wrong with the classics: elegant and timeless, this hairstyle is just the right combination of vintage and trendy. Complete it with smokey eye makeup and bold, red lips. Plus, it fits almost any prom outfit you could imagine!
Tucked Back With Statement Hair Clips
This look couldn’t be any easier to achieve: you just brush & comb your short hair, part it on your good side, tuck it behind your ear and secure it with an eye-catching hair clip or accessory!
Simple Updo With Bangs & Statement Accessories
If you’re sporting short hair as well as bangs, you can opt for a simple updo and accessorize it with your favorite statement hair clips. The resulting look is quick to achieve, yet impressive to see. We thank Saoirse Ronan for showing us how a simple hairstyle can be appropriate even on the red carpet!
Bold Buzz Cut
Not all girls dream of an overly feminine, princess-like look for prom. If you would prefer to stand out by being edgy, just like actress Cynthia Erivo, this might be the right choice of prom hairstyle for you!
Pink Short Hair & Flower Crown
Nothing says ‘prom princess’ quite like this look. Hailey Baldwin-Bieber’s soft pastel pink, slicked-back short locks, and flower crown will make your short hair look enchanting, too!
Asymmetrical Red Bob & Statement Earrings
This hairstyle somehow manages to be super simple and extremely extravagant at the same time. The precise combination of color, cut, styling and statement accessories make for a look that’s a total head-turner.
Braided Half Updo
This hairdo is a more casual & relaxed option for prom, perfect for those girls who used to spend their teenage years wearing jeans, hoodies and sneakers, and who want to keep that fuss-free aesthetic until the very end.
Witchy Green Lob
A bob or lob with loose, slightly messy waves is always a good choice for a special occasion, albeit not the most creative. If you want to make it unique, go for a bold, witchy green, that looks absolutely magical paired with an equally bold red lip!
Voluminous & Slicked Back Pixie
Even if you have very short hair – such as Halsey – you can still have some fun with it! This voluminous, slicked back way of styling a pixie cut is bold and eye-catching, making it perfect for celebrations.
Asymmetrical Micro-bob With Side Parting
This haircut is so flattering, simple and elegant, that you can wear it everywhere: morning classes, a job interview or even prom! It will never look out of context.
Beehive Updo for Short Hair
This updo creates the illusion of out-of-this-world volume and length, even for those of us with short hair! Stylish, extravagant, and subtly retro, this is a choice for the girls who are not daunted by being the center of attention.
Bob With Side Parting & Delicate Headband
If you’re the type of person who always runs late but likes to do it in style, this hairstyle idea might be a lifesaver. It is quick, easy to achieve, and a delight to look at.
Victory Rolls Updo
This vintage updo will inspire both the girls who are into retro aesthetics, as well as those with a flair for the gothic! Regardless of your preferences, it is a timeless choice that suits almost any elegant outfit.
Futuristic Pink Bob With Bangs & Highlights
There’s just so much happening with this hairstyle that we don’t even know where to begin. The pastel pink, the highlights, the short bangs, the haircut itself – they go so nicely together and give us a subtle SF vibe.
Wet Hair Look Like Selena
Like Selena Gomez, if you’re looking for a more unusual, trendy way to style your bob (or lob) for a big event, you can go with the wet look and some statement earrings.
Faux Hawk Updo
If your hair is short, but rather thick and voluminous, why not try this updo resembling a faux hawk? This hairdo will give you a more daring, androgynous vibe.
Messy Bob With Ribbon Braid
Are you known as the wild child or the free spirit among your peers? Then this hairstyle might be the perfect choice for you, as it will keep you looking carefree and unconventional.
French Braid With Statement Hairclips
This is a good choice especially for those who like glam, glitz, and glitter and who want to make sure they will be the center of attention at prom!
French Twist For Short Hair
French twists aren’t just for long hair! Granted, you have to wear it closer to shoulder level in order for a French Twist to work, but if it does, you can’t go wrong with this classy and timeless choice.
We hope that now you can think about prom with no fear, but only excitement! Save or pin this list and use it as inspiration for all your balls, parties, or formal events.
Having short hair does not have to make it complicated for you to look and feel at your best on your special prom night – or on any other occasion, be it ordinary or extraordinary!