Fall time events are upon us at this time of the year, events that happen each year and which, even with a global pandemic going on, should still take place where it’s possible and safe. Of course, even without a prom during high school, who says that you shouldn’t search for some hair inspiration for some other upcoming possible formal events? Prom hairstyles should never be ignored, after all!
So, regardless if you will be attending a classic prom event or even an online one (which could be really fun), you should present yourself in the top-notch form! For that, we have selected some stunning and comfortable prom hairstyle ideas for a princess-like look that you can draw inspiration from or even replicate exactly for any upcoming formal party that you might have on your calendar.
I. Stunning Prom Hairstyles Up-Dos
1. Middle-Parted Low Bun with Lateral Loose Braids
To begin with some gorgeous prom updos, this middle-parted low bun also has those cute lateral loose braids which make the whole look even more princess-like. Regardless of your hair type, you can easily do this hairstyle and just make sure to secure the bun very well and use some hairspray for extra hold throughout the day or night.
2. Elegant Wavy Low Ponytail
If you are a fan of those more put-together ponytails and you have wavy hair, then this is a great idea for a prom hairstyle. Just twist some strands which you then tie together towards your nape area in the said ponytail. Cover the rubber band with another strand of hair and leave your long bangs out to frame your face. That’s it!
3. Low Bun Made with Three Braids
This special low bun is super easy to do mainly because it’s created out of three separate loose braids that you twist and come up with a larger low bun. Use bobby pins for each separate bun and find a way to connect them with some more bobby pins. They should not look separate but like a unitary bun. Hairspray is also your best friend here!
4. Knotted Low Ponytail
This is yet another prom hairstyle idea that’s super simple yet sophisticated-looking. Start by twisting strands of your long hair like in the pictures. They should all go around the back of your head. Create about three of those twists and secure the end of your ponytail with a rubber band. You will notice a gorgeous pattern that has been formed on your hair, one that you will definitely get admired for.
5. Massive Low Ponytail with Bumps
In case your hair is super long and rather thick, then this type of ponytail with bumps can be an amazing idea for a prom hairstyle. Just create a basic low ponytail that you secure. You should then get two or three small rubber bands and add them to the entire length of your hair, creating some bumps by either backcombing that area or removing some of the hair from the rubber band. Cover the elastics with strands of hair and add hairspray to define and set your hairstyle!
6. Khaleesi-Inspired Updos
The Game of Thrones craze is far from over, even a while after the show met its end. So, if you are a fan of Daenerys Stormborn’s amazing hairstyles, you can draw inspiration from them and replicate one for your prom. These are three ways in which you can create some of those iconic half up half down looks, as well as a special low fishtail braid. It’s all about twisting strands of hair the right way and securing them well to hold. Dracarys!
7. Low Twisted Buns and Messy Updo
These two low twisted buns pictured at the bottom are super easy to create as well as very popular and gorgeous. Twist your wavy hair messily and secure the bun with lots of bobby pins. The other messy updo also requires bobby pins which you use to create that pattern behind your head and secure all that hair up. Leave your long bangs out as a natural frame for your face and enjoy your evening!
8. Messy Low Buns Prom Hairstyles with Accessories
These three messy low buns are perfect if your hair is long and wavy and if you want a quick yet sophisticated and comfortable prom look. The first one is messy and easy to do while the other two might require some kind of subtle and elegant headband which you will use to wrap your hair around in a twisted manner, creating a stunning pattern. You can also add some delicate accessories to make the looks even more princess-like.
9. Low Messy Braided Buns and Elegant High Bun
These three low messy buns come with a special something in the form of a subtle braid that goes around your head. It’s easy to create and you will need to secure it into your bun when you’re done. The final updo is an elegant high bun that is also rather loose and messy in a sophisticated manner. You can also add some pretty accessories to it if you feel like putting a bit more effort into it.
10. Massive Low Twisted Buns and Wavy Messy Updo
In case you have a lot of hair that is also long and thick, your prom updos will definitely be a bit more massive, like these two low twisted buns. Worry not, they are still very easy to do and super comfortable for an entire evening. The final look is a wavy messy updo that is super loose and carefree. It helps to have wavy or even curly hair for this one because it will look more voluminous.
11. Wavy Low Buns and Straight Updo for Shorter Hair
In case your hair is on the shorter side, worry not! There are lots of alternatives for you too! These wavy low buns with side braids or with loose bangs are your best friends in this case! You only require medium-length hair to make them perfectly. The final look is for straight hair and it’s incredible for a night out or even for a more low-key prom. Secure some strands of hair behind your head, add in some thin braids and there you have it! Cute and stylish!
12. Simple & Sleek Ponytail with Middle-Parted Bangs
For fans of the simple and sleek ponytail, you are in luck! This hairstyle is becoming increasingly popular because it’s so simple yet so special and easy to do. Just middle part your bangs, let them fall on both sides of your head, and secure your ponytail well, without making it too perfect. Voila!
13. Bohemian Messy Updos
If you are into those more bohemian-like hairstyles and you have the right hair for them, meaning long and wavy, you can definitely draw inspiration from these pictures. If it’s either a low messy bun, an intricate fishtail braid, or a half up half down look, all with nature-inspired accessories, your choice of hairstyle will be admired. You can even adapt your hairstyle as you go because nobody will notice and that’s actually the beauty of the bohemian-inspired looks: the freedom they offer.
II. Loose Prom Hairstyles
14. Wavy Side-Parted Hairstyle with Pearl Accessory
Moving on to some loose prom hairstyle ideas, this wavy side-parted one is gorgeous and extremely easy to create. You will only need to do some waves using a curling wand or some rollers, to side-part your locks, and to finally add that pearl accessory to make the whole look even more special.
15. Wavy Hairstyle with Braided Crown
Yet another delicate hairstyle is this wavy one with a braided crown around your head that is, in fact, a combination of two smaller braids married together and secured with a transparent rubber band. Add some cute accessories if you feel like it and there you have it!
16. Wavy Half Up Half Down Prom Hairstyles with Loose Bangs
Another wavy half up half down look is this one that is, in fact, extremely easy to make. You simply need to secure the two strands that you take from both sides of your head behind with bobby pins and to leave out your bangs in a natural yet elegant manner. You will love it!
17. Messy Wavy Prom Hairstyles with Loose Bangs and Lateral Braids
This messy and wavy hairstyle is super cool yet elegant and perfect for a more relaxed prom party. You should create some loose lateral braids which you secure behind your head under the rest of your hair. Your bangs should be middle-parted and left loose to frame your face nicely and effortlessly.
18. Side-Parted Voluminous Hairstyle with Retro Waves
In case you are a fan of those Hollywood times of the so-called golden era, then this side-parted voluminous hairstyle with those retro waves is for you. You will need lots of hairspray to make sure that the waves will remain like this for hours and some hair clips to create the waves and keep them exactly as you like. You will look like a real actress after removing them and showing up to your prom party.
19. Side-Parted Wavy Hairstyle with Precious Bobby Pins for Short Hair
In case your hair is shorter, this side-parted wavy hairstyle is a good option, especially if you want something that’s a little edgy and cool. Add some precious bobby pins in a geometric manner on one side of your head and maybe even some hair mousse or gel for that wet look vibe.
20. Middle-Parted Prom Hairstyles with Retro Waves
Another idea for a retro prom look is this middle-parted hairstyle. It probably requires the least amount of effort as you will only have to create the waves using those aforementioned hairpins to make sure they’re exactly how you want them to be. Add lots of hairspray for extra hold and natural-looking makeup and that’s it!
21. ‘20s-Inspired Side-Parted Wavy Prom Hairstyles for Short Hair
In case you are into the whole vamp-like look and you love those retro pin-up hairstyles, you can easily replicate that for your prom! Side-part your short hair, create those iconic waves using hairpins and hairspray, and then finish everything off with a dark plum lipstick and a sexy cat eye for added mystery. Meow! Great Gatsby would be jealous!
22. Sleek Hairstyle with Side-Parted Bangs
If you are into straight hair or if your natural hair doesn’t really maintain a curl for too long, then this sleek prom hairstyle with side-parted bangs is for you. Make sure to position the bangs exactly how you want them and to add enough hairspray to keep them in place for hours. After that, winged eyeliner and nude lipstick will complete your look nicely!
23. Straight Hairstyle with Subtle Half Up Half Down Vibe
Yet another straight hair prom look is this one that comes with a subtle half up half down vibe, with only two tin strands of hair secured together behind your head. You can also slightly curl the ends of your locks for a more put-together look and to go for natural makeup. The result will be subtle yet phenomenal and elegant!
24. Wavy Half Up Half Down Prom Hairstyles with Twisted Crown
These half up half down wavy hairstyles are amazing for a prom, regardless of your hair color, hair type, preferred makeup look, or even dress. With or without accessories, they will make an impression that’s also because of the twisted hair crown that will offer you an otherworldly vibe. Take advantage of that and be the princess of the prom!
25. Wavy Prom Hairstyles with Braided and Twisted Crown
These other four half up half down wavy hairstyles come with either braided or twisted hair crowns. Make sure to create loose side braids if that’s what you want and to secure them well with the rest of your hair. Add enough hairspray to hold everything together and attend your prom in style!
26. Sleek Middle-Parted Hairstyle with Side Bobby Pins
If you don’t want to do too much with your hair for your prom but still wish for a put-together look, then this sleek middle-parted hairstyle is for you. Use hairspray to tame all of the hairs on the top of your head and then add two precious bobby pins behind your ears to reveal your gorgeous earrings.
27. Half Up Half Down Hairstyle with Cornrows and High Bun
Finally, this half up half down hairstyle is a little bit more urban but definitely adaptable to prom hairstyles. Create some small cornrows on top of your head which you then gather into a messy bun. Leave the rest of your hair free, create some loose waves, and attend prom in big style! You will be a style icon!
In conclusion, these aforementioned prom hairstyles are for the time when you will be able to attend your prom, without a global pandemic and the necessity for a lockdown. However, these can be taken into consideration if you are holding an online prom, which is definitely a possibility, especially in 2020. So, pick your favorite, replicate it exactly or adapt it to your own needs and preferences, and go become the princess of your prom! It’s important to not allow anything or anyone to take the beautiful things away from us but to also make sure that we stay safe and aware during this trying time. Not at prom, but a beautiful bridesmaid? Let us inspire you with this article!