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21 Prom Hairstyles (That Will Make Everyone Jealous)

Let’s talk about prom hairstyles!

…because it’s that time of year. The holidays are over, finals are coming up, and the days are getting longer. The school year is almost behind you, and summer is on the horizon.

Prom season is here.

But that can be kinda stressful too, right? You’re searching endlessly for the perfect dress. You’re not quite sure how you want to do your hair or makeup yet. This is your night, and you want it to go off without a hitch.

Don’t worry, girl… I gotchu covered.

At least with the hair stuff… cause that’s kinda what I do. Here are 21 of my favorite prom hairstyle ideas to help you get pumped for the big night!

💡TIP: Pin this article to your hairstyles board on Pinterest so you can always come back to it when you need some fresh new hair inspo. 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼

Prom season is here and you need a little hair inspiration, right? Here are 21 of the hottest prom hairstyles on the planet!

My Fav Prom Hairstyles:

Gorgeous braided hairstyle for prom.
📷Credit: @poppy_hairstyles
Gorgeous braided wavy hairstyle for prom.
📷Credit: @kaylaanne_flores
Gorgeous wavy prom hairstyle for short hair.
📷Credit: @promgirlxo
Gorgeous braided updo for prom.
📷Credit: @wb_upstyles
Gorgeous twisted wavy hairstyle with waterfall braid for prom.
📷Credit: @jasonanthonyhair
Glamorous wavy hairstyle for prom.
📷Credit: @hairby.chuy
Gorgeous ponytail hairstyle for prom.
📷Credit: @blowdrybarfrisco
Gorgeous prom updo.
📷Credit: @beautybylaurenj
Glamorous wavy hairstyle for prom.
📷Credit: @hair_bynb
Beautiful prom updo.
📷Credit: @thedressstudio
Gorgeous braided wavy hairstyle for prom.
📷Credit: @hairbyfrankie_
Gorgeous braided hairstyle for prom.
📷Credit: @hairbynicoledugan
Gorgeous wavy hairstyle for prom.
📷Credit: @thedressstudio
Gorgeous braided curly hairstyle for prom.
📷Credit: @marina_shacklette
Gorgeous messy prom updo.
📷Credit: @hairbyenzac


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What is the best hairstyle for prom?

You can do so many different hairstyles for prom- look for ones that compliment your facial features, dress, and hair type. Some of the more popular hairstyles include variations of loose, romantic braids and twists, long voluminous curls, and gorgeous embellishments.

Can I wear my hair down for prom?

You can honestly do your hair however you feel comfortable for prom! If you feel more confident with your hair down, go for it! Pair it with a side part and glamorous waves for extra pizazz. 

💡TIP: Wear your hair down with a strapless dress. Dresses with higher necklines tend to work better with updos.

When should you do your hair for prom?

Your hairstylist will likely have other reservations on prom day, so make sure to make an appointment as soon as possible. You’ll have to work around their schedule and what they feel is an appropriate time range for the style.

That being said, it’s good to schedule your appointment in the early afternoon so that you have time to make any necessary changes, do your makeup, get dressed, take pictures, etc. On the other hand, the style may not last until the evening if you do it too early.

Should I curl or straighten my hair for prom?

You should do your hair however you feel comfortable. If wearing your hair straight makes you feel more confident, you should do that. Choose a hairstyle that works best with your facial features, natural hair texture, and dress style.

How do I prepare my hair for prom?

Wash your hair with clarifying shampoo 1-2 nights before, which will make your hair much easier to style on the big day.

Rinse your hair with cold water before you get out of the shower to close down the cuticle. Please don’t use too many products, and make sure to part your hair while it’s still wet.

It’s important to make sure that your hair is completely dry by the time you need to style it.

Final Thoughts

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So what did you think of these prom hair ideas? Did you see anything you like?

Finding the perfect hairstyle gets you one step closer to that magical dream night. Don’t worry, my friend… it’s going to be absolutely magical!

Until next time,


Your Turn: What did you think about these gorgeous prom hairstyles? Are you going to try something similar? Should I add anything else to this list? Drop your thoughts in the comments section below! 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼

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