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16 Super Easy Prom Hairstyles to Try

Prom is easily one of the most memorable occasions in a high school girl’s life. The dress, the shoes, the date, and of course the hair have to be just right! Why not try saving a few bucks and doing your hair yourself? Here are a few easy prom hairstyles that are simple in method but leave nothing to be desired in the style and elegance department. A great hairstyle can be the perfect finishing touch to the total prom package!

  • #1 The Sweet and Sleek Side Pony

    Written by Carly Bowers

    A great side pony can be the perfect way to complement an awesome color or a beautiful side bang. It’s also nice because it creates elegance while keeping your hair out of your face so you can dance the night away without having to worry about your hair frizzing out!

    The Sweet and Sleek Easy Prom Hairstyles

    Style by Katie Guinan, The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

    The Sweet and Sleek Easy Prom Hairstyle Side View

    Style by Katie Guinan, The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

    How to Style: 

    1. Start with dry hair, parted to the preferred side. If desired, leave out bangs.
    2. Secure your hair to one side with a hair tie. Ideally, the hair tie should be the color of your hair or clear.
    3. Before curling, spray each section with a light hold hairspray or a working spray. Using a 1 inch, or 1 and 1/4 inch curling iron, (it will vary depending on the length of your hair and your preference regarding the tightness of curls) curl sections of the ponytail.
    4. Take a section of hair and wrap it tightly around the ponytail holder. The end of this section of hair can either be tucked in the ponytail holder or secured with a bobby pin.
    5. Style bangs as desired.
    6. Spray everything with a finishing spray.

    Recommended Products:

    I love Moroccan Oil Strong Hold Hairspray for a final coat over everything after you have finished curling.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style really works well for any hair type. This is a great style if you have hair that tends to get frizzy and “poofy”. This style will allow it to be secured back all night and will elongate a square face shape.

    Tip: I often prefer my clients to have “day old” hair when they are coming in for a formal style. This allows the hair to have a bit more grit to work with and prevents it from being overly slippery. It can also allow a style to hold better than it would with clean hair.

  • #2 The Totally Modern Mohawk

    Written by Carly Bowers

    I love this look because it can put a trendy and modern spin on an otherwise elegant and classic prom look. It is incredibly easy and all you need is a few bobby pins and of course, some hairspray!

    Totally Modern Mohawk Easy Prom Hairstyle

    Style by Sarah Johnson, The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

    Totally Modern Mohawk Front View

    Style by Sarah Johnson, The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

    How to Style: 

    1. Start with dry, straight hair.
    2. Comb out any part that may exist and begin back combing the top “Mohawk” section.
    3. Once you have the desired height on top, take a large section on either side and smooth it out before pulling it back and securing it with a bobby pin. The sections on either side should meet in the back of your head. (Picture a half-up, half-down look)
    4. Begin smoothing the top mohawk section so that it lays over the bobby pins.
    5. Finish with a coat of strong hold hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    This style will require plenty of hairspray, especially if you have finer hair. I like L’oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray (Strong or Extra Strong Hold). Also, the Little Wonder Hairbrush by Spornette is perfect for back coming.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will most likely stay perfect all night on hair that has a coarser texture. However, with enough hairspray and back combing, you could make this work with fine hair as well. It will give height to square face shapes, and would be especially great to elongate a small forehead.

  • #3 The Softened Up “Sock Bun”

    Written by Carly Bowers

    By now, I’m sure the “sock bun” is a style you’re familiar with. It has become wildly popular, partially because it is such a simple and quick way to create an elegant and sophisticated look. Here’s a little twist on this popular look.

    Easy Prom Sock Bun Hairstyle

    Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

    Easy Prom Sock Bun - Side View

    Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

    How to Style: 

    1. Secure your hair back in a tight, high ponytail.
    2. Separate your ponytail into two sections, top and bottom. Clip the top section to the top of your head so it’s out of your way.
    3. Take the bottom section of your ponytail and, depending on the length of your hair, tuck the ends of your hair, creating a bun shape as shown in the picture. Secure the ends of your hair with bobby pins.
    4. Take the top section of your ponytail that has been clipped out of your way and separate that into two sections; one section on the right and one section on the left. Take either side and tuck the ends underneath the bun that you created in step 3. Secure the ends with bobby pins.
    5. Finish with hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    I love a good working spray to secure a ponytail that is neat but doesn’t look “slicked back”. Try L’Oreal Infinium 3 Hairspray. You can also finish with this spray because it’s light but offers a significant amount of hold.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    The longer your hair, the more hair you will have to hide and tuck in to create a bun look. This style would be great for someone with medium hair. It will complement any face shape.

    Tip:

    After you wash, a good round-brushed style is a great base for this new spin on a classic style. It will keep the hair full of body while smoothing it out!

  • #4 The Soft Wave Stunner

    Written by Carly Bowers

    This timeless style has gained extra popularity in the past few years. It has become a total hit for all hair types and occasions. With a stunning prom dress and the perfect accessories, this simple style will complete the look. The bigger the hair, the better!

    Soft Wave Stunner Easy Prom hairstylek

    Style by Amber Helms, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

    Soft Wave Stunner Easy Prom Hairstyle Side View

    Style by Amber Helms, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

    How to Style: 

    1. After washing your hair, prep it with a root boosting spray or mousse.
    2. Dry your hair using a paddle brush and over directing your hair to create volume.
    3. Secure most of your hair back, leaving a section to begin curling. Spray each section with a working hairspray.
    4. If you have curly, frizzy hair that needs more than just a blowdry to smooth it out, run your flat iron over the top two inches of your hair, closest to the root.
    5. Depending on your preference regarding tightness of curls, begin curling each section with either a 1 and 1/4 inch curling iron or a 1 and 1/2 inch curling iron. (The bigger the iron the looser the curl).
    6. After each section has been curled, run your fingers through your hair for an even softer look.
    7. Finish with a light finishing spray.

    Recommended Products:

    I love Boosta Spray by Unite for a root booster after you’ve washed your hair. Bumble and Bumble’s Spray De Mode is great for both a working and a finishing spray.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will soften harsh jaw lines and complement a fuller face shape. Thick, coarse hair will hold these curls beautifully.

    Tip:

    If you have finer hair that doesn’t hold curl very well, you will want to use a smaller curling iron. The curls may look too tight at first, but by the time you get to the dance the curls will have fallen a little and be just perfect! Also, if you have fine hair, skip step 6.

  • #5 The Side Swept Sweetheart

    Written by Carly Bowers

    This style is another extremely simple one that offers plenty of elegance and class. It would be the perfect complement to an off the shoulder dress or even a strapless!

    Side Swept Sweetheart Long Easy Style with Headband

    Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

    How to Style:

    1. Begin with dry hair.
    2. Separate your hair, leaving out a section to begin curling. Spray each section with a working spray.
    3. Depending on how tight you prefer the curls, curl each section with either a 1 and 1/4 inch curling iron or a 1 and 1/2 inch curling iron. (The bigger the curling iron the looser the curls)
    4. If desired, put in a headband as seen in the photo, and style the bangs as you wish.
    5. Pull all of your hair to the desired side. If you feel it’s necessary, secure the hair in back to one side by slipping a few bobby pins in around your hairline on the back of your neck. Or, you can use no bobby pins and just let your hair rest over your shoulder to one side.
    6. Spray everything with a finishing spray.

    Recommended Products:

    A good curling iron is really crucial for most styles involving waves and curls. I love anything by the brand Hot Tools.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will soften up any harsh lines around the chin or cheekbones. This style is perfect for any type of hair, fine, medium or thick!

  • #6 The Mature Messy Bun

    Written by Carly Bowers

    A “messy bun” is easily one of the simplest and widely used hairstyles. Why not dress up this popular ‘do a bit for your special night?! A simple flower or hair accessory could add yet another element to this simple stunner.

    Mature Messy Easy Prom Updo

    Style by Nancy Melarango, The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

    Mature Messy Bun Easy Prom Hairstyle Back View

    Style by Nancy Melarango, The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

    How to Style: 

    1. Begin with dry hair and leave out bangs if desired.
    2. For more body around the crown of your head, backcomb (tease) that section.
    3. Using a basic ponytail holder, secure your hair to one side in a “messy bun.” (You aren’t aiming for any perfection here, the messier the better!) Be sure to use a ponytail holder that is the same color as your hair.
    4. Begin by pulling out small sections of hair out of the bun and re-pinning them with a bobby pin in a different spot. (Again, you’re not aiming for perfection here! Think random with no rhyme or reason.)
    5. After you have the desired look with your bun, style the bangs and spray everything with a light finishing spray.

    Recommended Products:

    Super Clean Spray by Paul Mitchell is a nice finishing spray for a little hold without getting too sticky.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style is great for any and all hair textures and types! It will also work well with any face shapes.

    Tip:

    As I mentioned before in the how-to steps, you aren’t aiming for perfection here. The bun will look great with no uniformity!

  • #7 The Half Up Hottie

    Written by Carly Bowers

    The half up half down hairstyle is a timeless classic that can be dressed up or dressed down in an instant. This specific style offers an elegant twist on an everyday favorite.

    Half Up Tousled Easy Prom Style

    Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

    How to Style: 

    1. Begin with dry hair.
    2. Secure hair back and leave out a section to begin curling with a 1 and 1/4 inch curling iron. Curl each section of hair.
    3. Separate a section on the top of your hair that spans approximately 4-5 inches. This is the “mohawk” section of your hair.
    4. Begin backcombing the top mohawk section of your hair.
    5. When you have the height that is desired on the top of your hair, secure the section back using bobby pins.
    6. Take a large section of hair on either side of your head, smooth them out with a brush, and secure each side back with bobby pins.
    7. When the top and sides of your hair are secured back, begin pinning the loose pieces of hair up to cover the bobby pins that are visible from pinning the top and sides. (This can be a bit messy with no specific rhyme or reason!)
    8. Spray everything with a medium to strong hold hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    For this style you will need plenty of body and height on top. If you have fine hair, try backcombing after you have sprayed a bit of dry shampoo on your roots. It will give you that extra oomph that you are looking for!

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This hairstyle will elongate a rounder face shape and will work best for people with thicker hair.

  • #8 The Pin Curled Pony

    Written by Carly Bowers

    Here’s a striking look that will keep your hair out of your face all night! This style would be the perfect match for a dress with a high neckline. All the action of this ‘do is in the back, which will make your makeup and dress pop!

    Pin Curled Pony Red Loose Easy Prom Hairstyles

    Style by London Hair Salon, Mt. Pleasant, SC

    Pin Curled Pony Loose Easy Prom Style with Bangs

    Style by London Hair Salon, Mt. Pleasant, SC

    How to Style: 

    1. Begin with dry hair.
    2. Backcomb the crown section of your hair to the desired height and volume.
    3. Secure your hair back in a low ponytail. Be sure to use a ponytail holder the same color as your hair! Apply a small amount of smoothing serum to the ponytail to smooth down any frizz.
    4. Take approximately 1 inch sections of hair from the ponytail and curl them using either a 1 inch or a 1 and 1/4 inch curling iron.
    5. Pin the curled section above or to the side of the ponytail. Continue this process until the whole ponytail is curled. You may want to leave the bottom pieces of the ponytail curled but un-pinned, depending on the length of your hair.
    6. Spray everything with a finishing spray.

    Recommended Products:

    Before you curl your ponytail, I recommend using a serum to reduce frizz and create a silky smooth surface. I love Super Skinny Serum by Paul Mitchell!

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style is great for all hair lengths and types and would really complement an oval shaped face.

  • #9 The Braided Beauty

    Written by Carly Bowers

    Although this style will test your braiding skills, it’s very simple to achieve and creates a look of sophistication and class. Another plus about this style? The braid in the front keeps it out of your face and thus there’s no risk of any makeup getting smudged or frizz framing your face!

    Easy Braided Beauty Prom Hairstyle

    Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky RIver, OH

    Braided Beauty Easy Prom Hairstyles

    Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky RIver, OH

    How to Style: 

    1. Begin with dry hair.
    2. Using a comb, section out a two inch band of the hair around your face. Secure the rest of your hair back.
    3. Part your hair where desired.
    4. Begin braiding on either side of the part. After you have French braided the 2 inch sections on either side of your face, secure the end of the braid with a small rubber band. (It doesn’t have to look pretty, as you will be pinning the braids back and securing them with bobby pins later on.)
    5. Curl the remaining hair that is not in the braids. A 1 and 1/4 inch curling iron will do the trick!
    6. Pin the braids on either side with bobby pins. I would recommend hiding the pins underneath some curls. Remove the ponytail holders from the braids. Curl the ends of the braids that may now not be braided since you have removed the ponytail holders.
    7. Finish by spraying everything with a light finishing spray.

    Recommended Products:

    If you have extra fine hair, I would suggest spraying the section that will be braided with a light working spray, like Spray and Play by Big Sexy Hair. This will give your hair a bit more “grit” and allow you to get a better grip on pieces while French braiding!

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Fine or thick hair will work well for this style. It would complement someone with a small forehead.

    Tip:

    When doing a French braid like this, you may want to work with day old hair. By not washing your hair on the big day, you allow some natural oils to build up which will help the braids stay better.

  • #10 The High End Hot Rollers

    Written by Carly Bowers

    This voluminous style will make heads turn and have your peers envying not only your beautiful dress, but your sassy hairdo as well.

    High End Hot Rollers Easy Prom Hairstyle

    Style by Edie’s Styling Center, Oldsmar, FL

    Hot Rollers Easy Prom Hairstyle Side View

    Style by Edie’s Styling Center, Oldsmar, FL

    How to Style: 

    1. Begin with dry hair.
    2. Secure hair back and leave out a 2 inch section to put in the first hot roller. Spray each section with a light working spray.
    3. Complete putting in the hot rollers and allow them time to cool.
    4. Remove the hot rollers and run your fingers through your hair.

    Recommended Products:

    Hot rollers can be an awesome styling tool. Conair and Hot Tools both make affordable hot rollers that do a great job of adding body and bounce to the hair.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work best for people with short to medium length hair. Fine or thick hair textures will work well.

  • #11 A Stunning Side Sweep

    Written by Carly Bowers

    This style is so soft and sweet and it’s sure to mesh well with a beautiful face of makeup or stunning accessories. Within minutes your hair can be transformed into this timeless classic!

    Easy Stunning Side Sweep Hairstyle

    Style by Kathy Adams Salon, Buford, GA

    Easy Stunning Side Sweep Hairstyle Front View

    Style by Kathy Adams Salon, Buford, GA

    How to Style: 

    1. Begin with dry hair.
    2. Secure hair back and leave out a section to begin curling with a 1 and 1/4 inch curling iron. Spray each section with a light working spray.
    3. After all the hair is curled, if volume is desired in the crown area of the head, gently backcomb a few sections of hair.
    4. Take a few small sections of hair on either side of your face (or on one side only, whichever look is preferred) and secure each back with a bobby pin.
    5. Run your fingers through your hair for a softer look, and finish with a light hold hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    To make your curls even softer and shinier, polish off the ends with a tiny bit of smoothing oil like Moroccan Oil. Use this very sparingly as it can easily become greasy!

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work well for an elongated face shape. Literally any hair type will work superbly for this style!

    Tip:

    This style is a stunner without each section being pinned perfectly. There doesn’t need to be any rhyme or reason to how you pin back the pieces of hair on either side.

  • #12 The Over The Top Braid Bombshell

    Written by Carly Bowers

    This style is without a doubt the easiest style of them all. It’s elegant, chic, and at the moment, this look is all the rage! Here’s my HUGE timesaving tip: the headband braid can be purchased! In order for the braid to look as full and thick as it does in the picture, you need extra long hair that is on the thick side. Not everyone has been blessed with extra long locks, so to create this look check out the braided headbands from the Ken Paves/Jessica Simpson’s line: HairDO.

    Over The Top Braid Cute Easy Prom Hairstyle for Long Hair - Elegant Front Look

    Style by The Oak Street Hair Group, Mountain Brook, AL

    Over The Top Braid Cute Easy Prom Hairstyle for Long Hair

    Style by The Oak Street Hair Group, Mountain Brook, AL

    How to Style: 

    1. Start with dry smoothed out hair that is parted to the desired side.
    2. Put in the braided headband.

    Recommended Products:

    To get a nice sleek look for this style, apply a smoothing serum to your hair prior to blow drying. I love Biosilk.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Any hair texture will work perfectly with this style and it will elongate a round face.

    Tip:

    It is definitely possible for some lucky ladies to create a thick braid with their own hair like the one shown here. However, save yourself the hassle and time of struggling to get that braid just right and pick up one of these headbands! Many brands make them and to my knowledge, most are under $20.

  • #13 The  Tendril Temptress

    Written by Carly Bowers

    This style works perfectly if you have a long swoopy bang that you are looking to show off. You’re sure to look strikingly beautiful with one side of your hair pulled back for added drama!

    Tendril Temptress Long Swooped Bangs Pinned Back on One Side

    Style by Jesse Stang, Aveda Institute Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV

    How to Style: 

    1. Start with dry hair parted on the desired side.
    2. Secure hair back, leaving a section to begin curling with a 1 and 1/4 inch curling iron.
    3. Once all the hair has been curled, secure the hair back on one side of your head. This can be done by braiding the hair, twisting pieces, or simply securing small sections back with bobby pins.
    4. Spray everything with a finishing spray.

    Recommended Products:

    I like Moroccan Oil Light Hold Hairspray for curling, as well as for a finishing spray.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This hairstyle will work great for someone looking to show off their stunning makeup or gorgeous earrings. A long, side swept fringe can soften your forehead.

  • #14 The Off-Set Sensation

    Written by Carly Bowers

    Going for a little asymmetry at your prom this year? This simple sensation adds just a touch of flair to an ordinarily basic style!

    Off-set Asymmetrical Blonde Easy Prom Bob Pinned Back

    Style by Above and Beyond Salon, Vermilion, OH

    Off-set Asymmetrical Blonde Easy Prom Bob Pinned Back Side View

    Style by Above and Beyond Salon, Vermilion, OH

    How to Style: 

    1. Start with dry hair.
    2. Begin by creating the section that you wish to be pulled back into the asymmetrical poof. It can be as small or as big as you would like.
    3. Secure the rest of your hair back while you focus on creating volume in the poof section.
    4. Begin to create volume by backcombing small subsections of the poof section. Be sure to spray hairspray at your roots to create hold and volume.
    5. When you have reached the desired height, unclip the rest of your hair and allow it to hang naturally.
    6. Secure the poof section back with bobby pins. In order to create the asymmetrical effect, be sure the poof is off to one side and not right in the middle.
    7. Finish with a strong hold hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    For the ultimate backcombing base, I like to use What A Tease: Backcomb in a Bottle by Big Sexy Hair.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This hairstyle will be extra simple for people with short hair because they have less hair to work with. It will give a rounder look to a square face shape.

  • #15 The Pinned Back Princess

    Written by Carly Bowers

    This is another favorite of mine. It screams class and sophistication without being too over the top. It is also ridiculously simple, which is the main reason that I am such a fan of this look!

    Pinned Back Princess Side Pinned Style for Long Hair

    Style by Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, OH

    Pinned Back Princess Side Pinned Style for Long Hair - Side View

    Style by Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, OH

    How to Style:

    1. Begin with smooth, dry hair that is parted to the desired side.
    2. Take a section of hair on either side and secure it back with a bobby pin.
    3. Spray everything with a light finishing spray.

    Recommended Products:

    I love Bumble and Bumble Shine spray for a lovely finish. I always recommend that my clients spray it in their hands and then smooth down their hair with their hands. Keep any shine spray on the ends only. This prevents your hair from looking oily at the roots!

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style would be great for any type. An oval or round face shape would be complemented by this style.

  • #16 The Tousled Tresses Look

    Written by Carly Bowers

    Here’s another style that I love because it doesn’t have to be too perfect. You will look stunning and put together, even though a few hairs may be out of place!  This style also happens to be appearing all over the runway and it’s a constant request in the salon.

    Tousled Tresses Long Messy Easy Prom Hairstyles

    How to Style:

    1. Start with dry hair, parted to the desired side.
    2. Secure hair back, leaving out a section to begin curling with a 1 and 1/2 inch curling iron. Spray each section with a light working spray before curling.
    3. When all hair has been curled, run your fingers through the curls to give them a looser, more relaxed look.
    4. Finish by spraying everything with a light hold hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    I love L’oreal Infinium 4 Hairspray to finish a style with. It has a good amount of hold but doesn’t leave your hair feeling sticky.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work well for every hair type, but will soften the features of a rectangular or square face.

    Hopefully these styles will give you a plethora of prom hair ideas. Whether you select a timeless classic look or something a little bit more funky and modern, your hairstyle can be the perfect match for a lovely dress and stunning accessories. And hopefully you’ve realized that just because it looks fancy doesn’t mean it has to take hours to do. Here’s to a prom where you turn every head in the room!