30 Pretty Prom Hair Ideas From the Pros For Every Length and Style

No cheesy updos in sight!

Erinn Stewart

You have your dream dress picked out, you’ve done a trial run of your makeup look but you have no idea what to do with your hair for prom? You’ve come to the right place.

We’ve selected the best prom hairstyles from Instagram that you can screenshot and bring to your salon—or even DIY. From can’t-go-wrong loose, soft curls, to classic low buns, to chic high ponies to more daring ideas like braids and bobby pin art (Google it), there’s a prom hairstyle to suit everyone. We’ve even found some gorgeous styles if you have no clue what to do with your short hair (you’re welcome).

Not heading to prom this year? These ‘dos are perfect for weddings, parties or just about any other occasion you have planned. Even if you just want to be extra at school or the office… we would never judge.

Ahead, 30 gorgeous hairstyle ideas for prom.

Ponytail Hairstyles

You can never go wrong with a sleek ponytail. Not only do they look chic, they’re dance floor-friendly and always look good in photos. Amp up a classic ponytail by adding hair accessories for some pizzaz.

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Hairstyles for Short Hair

If your hair is too short for a pony or updo, get creative by adding fun clips, bows or even a headband. If all else fails, you can’t go wrong with polished waves.

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4 seems like a good number ✔️ #namathebrand

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Half-Up Hairstyles

If you can’t decide between wearing your hair down and having an updo, why not have a little bit of both with a half-up hairstyle? Get creative with braids or twists and leave the rest of your hair in a loose wave.

Updos

If you think updos are outdated, these modern versions will prove you wrong. Cool-girl buns, braided looks and florals in lieu of a corsage are nothing like the cringe-worthy styles of the past.

Hairstyles for Long Hair

You can do just about anything with long hair, whether it’s an exaggerated side part, a complicated side braid or sleek cascading waves.

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Feeling the vintage waves. #oldsoul

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Low Bun Hairstyles

A classic low bun—whether it’s neat and tidy or loose and casual à la Meghan Markle—is a no-fail hairstyle for prom.

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