Rock Short Hair At Your Next Prom

Short hair can be accused of not being versatile enough, especially when it comes to fun formal styles. Defy what’s expected and take your short haircut to a whole new level with one of these amazingly gorgeous prom hairstyles for short hair. By simply adding a few curls, flips, accessories, or splashes of color you can take your short cut to a whole new stylish dimension. Prom is a great time to step it up and make a statement.

Vintage Inspired

Gorgeous shiny hair in a retro style like this one makes your overall vintage look perfect. The tight curls at the ends combined with the simple finger wave on top with insanely shiny hair is inspired by the original Hollywood starlets. Can’t go wrong with this one!

Finger Wave Prom Hairstyles For Short Hair

How To Style:

  1. When hair is damp, comb through with a firm hold gel.
  2. Use a comb to help create a strong finger wave on each side of your part. Clip in place with a long skinny clip (helps to set it and prevent you from pulling it out while curling the rest of your hair).
  3. Insert small plastic rollers to the rest of your hair while it’s damp and let dry, or let your finger wave dry (clip still in) and then use a small barrel curling iron to create the curls.
  4. Comb through dry curls using your fingers to separate them.
  5. Remove clip from finger wave and spray style with firm hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:
You don’t have to spend a lot to get a great holding gel. Try Salon Care Super Firm Styling Gel. It doesn’t flake and will really hold your hair in place.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
Oval, heart, some round or square faces. Fine to thick density with a little bit of natural texture to it is ideal.

Use small plastic rollers for the ends after setting the top in a finger wave, all while hair is damp. Yes, you can mimic the style with dry hair, but you won’t get the exact same feel.


Try this unique style to amp up your own personal flair. What sets it apart are the definition to the curls on the top and sides, as well as the smooth but textured fullness in the back.

Ultra Mod Prom Hairstyles For Short Hair

How To Style:

  1. Prep hair with a volumizing mousse or other styling product then blow dry using a round brush.
  2. Use a curling iron to smooth and further develop curls on top/in front if you need to.
  3. Add backcombing underneath the crown and top, then smooth over and finger style the ends of the curls.
  4. Use a comb to help mold and define the structure in the top and front areas.
  5. Pull a pomade or wax (or other favorite texturizing product) through the ends of the very defined curls then spray the entire style with a firm hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:
Try Paul Mitchell’s Sculpting Foam to help mold the top and define the curls. It will help with the stronger curl in back too.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
Oval, heart, subtle square or round faces. Fine to thick density with any texture.

Use multiple products to achieve different looks within the same style. Add volumizing product to the crown and back areas for extreme volume while using a sculpting mousse or gel in front to get the smooth definition in front with a pomade or wax for the defined curls. Be creative and think about what you want each section of hair to do or to be.

Simple and Beautiful

It’s an easy enough style to recreate, but formal enough to be paired with any complicated or ornate dress. Smooth in the front, curled in the back – it’s definitely not boring! Keep it classy by maintaining healthy hair and using clean quality products.

Simple Prom Hairstyles For Short Hair

How To Style:

  1. After blow drying hair, use a curling iron to create curls around the back and sides of your hair.
  2. Flat iron the top front section by pulling from roots to ends across your forehead.
  3. Mist with a medium hold hairspray. Don’t overdo it on the spray!

Recommended Hair Products:
Try Kenra Volume Mousse 12 for medium hold and flexible styling.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
Any face shape can rock this adorable hairstyle! Fine to thick hair density with any texture is the best hair type for this look.

Having multiple tones of color in your hair helps break up the style a little bit while adding dimension and interest.

Spunky Punk

You’re the edgy girl that wants to stand out and not be too pretty or soft looking. Rock your locks with a simple smooth but full, a little spiky in the back, hairstyle. Rich dark brown color looks dramatic and striking against bold colors.

Spunky Fun Short Hair Prom Style

How To Style:

  1. Prep hair with a styling crème and blow dry with a flat brush.
  2. Use a flat iron on the lowest possible setting to smooth any stubborn hairs.
  3. Use a little shine-less paste or wax in the back then add a little backcombing on top and smooth over the top.
  4. A quick burst of medium hold finishing spray finishes off the style.

Recommended Hair Products:
For amazing body and shine, try Sebastian Trilliant Thermal Protection and Shimmer Complex. It will give you all sorts of crazy volume while adding a fantastic shine to your hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
Oval, square, heart-shaped faces, some round or long depending on the length around your ears. Medium to thick density with easily smoothed texture.

Don’t skip the drama on your face. Having a dramatic style and dress without the face to go with it makes it look like you forgot something. At least glam up your eyes to make the style more consistent. Add the lips for an even bolder look.

Curly Side Bun

You wouldn’t think it was possible, but it is – you can make short hair look longer and give yourself the look of an updo without having to have the length typically associated with them. This beautiful asymmetrical hairstyle would be perfect to make your hairstyle look different. Bobby pins and hairspray are your secret weapons here.

Curly Side Bun Hairstyle For Prom

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair with a round brush after applying sculpting mousse.
  2. Curl the ends of your hair and break them up with your fingers.
  3. Pull hairs over to one side and pin them so the last part of the curl is free, even on the hair that is already on the same side as the style. Use hair pins (they’re like bobby pins, but they don’t pinch hair or anchor it, only hold it in place on top) for hair that you want styled loosely in the front.
  4. Spray finished style with a firm hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:
Mousse Forte Strong Hold Mousse from Sebastian will give you ultra control over those curls. Use the mousse on wet hair and scrunch it into your strands to really disperse the product.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
Any face shape can wear this cute hairstyle and any hair texture, too. Do make a note that fine hair will look more wispy and less full.

For hairs that are too short to reach, try imitating a braid too! You can layer hairs along one side to look like they’re in a braid by using a bobby pin in the end of each braid section as you go. Since another layer will go right over the top, the pins will be hidden and you’ll get all that short hair over to the side without having to look at the pins or feel like you’re wearing a hairspray helmet.

Fun and Spiky

The upswept angle of this hairstyle gives it the appearance of longer hair. The short hairs underneath can be pinned out of sight while the longer hair on top fills the updo out. Fringe around the front softens the look out for you.

Fun and Flirty Short Hairstyle For Prom

How To Style:

  1. Dry hair with a blow dryer and large flat brush.
  2. Flat iron ends only on a low setting to prevent burning the hair and preserve the volume.
  3. Backcomb hair in the top and crown area.
  4. Twist random sections and pin in place, starting at the top of your head. Keep pulling hair in that direction and pinning it. You can control how large the overall style is by how far out you allow the twists to be.
  5. Leave hair in front and part of the sides out for framing the face.
  6. Spray finished style with a medium hold spray.

Recommended Hair Products:
Kenra Volume Mousse Extra 17 gives you a firm hold but is still a flexible enough product that you can shape your hair the way you want it.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
Oval, heart, round, square or long faces. Medium to thick density with hair that is on the straighter side would be best.

Add fullness to your hair by texturizing it first with a waver, crimper or other hot tool of your choice. Adding that texture makes your hairstyle appear larger overall and you can always straighten any ends you want to bring back down again. Try it out for a whole new look.

Ultra Cool

What an angle! Who’d think you could pull hair off to the side in such a dramatic way without making it look silly. This style is so chic you can match it up with the trendiest dress and look phenomenal.

Angular Curly Ultra Cool Prom Hairstyles

How To Style:

  1. Using a gel and/or curl defining product, prep curls for styling.
  2. Pin hair up in back and underneath the part of the style you want angled out.
  3. Use hairspray and a diffuser on your blow dryer to hold style in place.
  4. Pull flat iron through specific pieces around the top and face for a fun texture then spray the entire style lightly with a strong hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:
Add Nexxus Alluring Curls (Curl Creating Gel Elixir) to defrizz and define your curls.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
Oval faces, heart, square, round or long (depending on how you choose to angle your hair). Any density with any texture as long as it is able to hold curl.

Practice with this style and take a photo of your work. Do it a little differently several times (with a photo for each look), then compare the photos side-by-side to find out which angle works best with your face shape and neckline.

Dramatic and Smooth

Defy tradition with a smooth updo instead of a curly one. Sleek your hair into this fabulous arrangement of colorful pieces on top and a nice side swept bang to finish it off.

Dramatic Smooth Piecey Short Hairstyle

How To Style:

  1. Smooth dry hair with a flat iron on a low setting, then twist as much hair as possible in the back into a French twist. If hair comes out the bottom, don’t stress about it. You can pin and/or spray it into place later.
  2. Hair from the top gets twisted into mini-knots and pinned in place. Leave the ends out for random pieces and use a pomade or light wax to define them better.
  3. Smooth bangs across your forehead and toward one ear, pulling a little pomade or light wax through those ends as well.
  4. Add a little mist of finishing spray and you’re done!

Recommended Hair Products:
Paul Mitchell Super Skinny is a superb product for creating smooth conditioned strands.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
Oval, heart, some round or square. These shaped faces would look nice due to the sweeping bangs that help frame the face. Fine to thick density with a little natural texture or hair that is able to smooth well.

Have your color specialist give you some dramatic highlights that compliment your hair color to break up the base color a little bit and make it more fun.


Big Volume Rock Star

Short in length, not on style, this awesome hairstyle is perfect for prom if you’ve got a minimalistic dress and want to add some real drama! Subtle highlights make it more interesting without being obnoxious. Keep it smooth for the perfect chic prom ‘do.

Big Volume Prom Hairstyles For Short Hair

How To Style:

  1. Use a volumizing mousse in damp hair, then blow dry the front, top and crown areas with a medium to large round brush, depending on the length of your hair and the amount of volume you want. Leave the sides damp and just comb them into position and air dry (blow drying them will leave them too fluffy).
  2. Spray one section at a time with volumizing hairspray and wrap it around a round brush before blow drying again. Start towards the back so your last section is the one by your face. Backcomb the top and smooth over the top of that if you need extra volume.
  3. Use your fingers to lightly restyle the very front and make it look less perfectly smooth. You want a smooth finish without the bubble look.
  4. A spritz of finishing hairspray (medium to firm hold) should keep it in place for you.

Recommended Hair Products:
Big Sexy Hair Spray and Stay Volumizing hairspray are fabulous for getting that firm hold and big lift. Mist the section you want huge, then blow dry it around a large round brush pulling forward slightly to exaggerate the volume.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:
Oval, some heart, subtle square or round. Fine to thick density with any smooth texture.

Keeping the lift on this style might mean making a few extra considerations, like the location of your prom and the weather. If there’s any indication of rain or humidity (or spray if it’s on a boat!), you’ll need to bring a big umbrella, use products made specifically for that environment, and have your photos taken together inside or at least under the umbrella. Sounds like a common sense thing, but thinking about it ahead of time will ensure it’s not something you overlook at the last minute!


Prom Pixie

You don’t have to be Rapunzal to have gorgeous hair at your prom. Short pixie haircuts are totally on trend right now and their sweet simple charm alone is great for day to day. But this is prom! So dress up your pixie with girly accessories. A bright headband, sparkly barrettes, or even soft flowers are a great way to take your short style to a whole new level and stand out at your prom.

Haute Couture Short Prom Hairstyle

How to Style:

1. Style your pixie as you usually would; blow-dry your hair forward to create a soft and smooth finish.

2. Use some pomade to break up your layers and add texture. Use your fingers to piece your bangs forward and to the side. These small steps really help make your hair look polished.

3. When you are satisfied with your styling, apply the crowning hair accessory of your choice.

Recommended Products:

For prom, you’ll want to really amp up the shine factor. Try Garnier Frucits Brilliantine Shine Wax. It has strong hold that will help last through any Dancing Queen moments.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round and heart shaped faces are ideal for a pixie haircut. Square or oval shaped faces look too angular or long respectively. Pixie haircuts are great for hair that is fine to medium thickness. The style looks great with straight hair or hair that has a slight wave.


Another great way to change up your look for a more formal event is to create a more dramatic effect with your makeup.


Swept Away

Get styled up right for your big night at the prom. This super fashionable haircut is styled up and away from the face for a full bouffant type feel that has more of an edgy feel. The bold color helps add even more edge and sass to this awesome hairstyle.
 Swept Away Prom Hairstyles For Short Hair

How to Style:

1. Run a strong hold mousse through damp hair and comb through.

2. Use a blow-dryer to direct hair up, back, and away from your face.

3. When hair is not quite dry, place in medium sized rollers. Direct the rollers up, back, and away from the face as well to create a upswept pillow-like effect.

4. Mist your rollers with hairspray and let it dry completely.

5. Remove the rollers and brush through with a paddle brush to break up the curls.

6. Spray again with a strong hold hairspray to lock in your look.

Recommended Products:

Privé Styling Foam is fabulous at adding texture and hold to a roller set. A small amount goes a long way, too. Finish off your look with Big Sexy Hair’s Spray and Stay Hairspray for a totally cemented style.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Any face shape can pull this off so long as you don’t have a vertical forehead. The high puffy style will only accentuate it so stay away if you need to. Any hair texture can wear this look as long as your hair is thick.


Show off some bling! When hair is pulled back away from your face it’s the perfect style to show some dramatic jewels. Wear big, bold earrings or a large scaled necklace to rock your look.

Prom Romance

This simple pixie is a fabulous and trendy cut that is still on point for 2013. The soft texture and wispy bangs are perfect for a pastel colored prom dress. Play up the romantic elements by keeping your entire look soft and girly.

Prom Romance Forward Swept Pixie Short Hairstyle

How to Style:

1. Blow dry your hair forward and use your fingers to pinch and piece the layers and fringe as you dry.

2. Spray on some light shine spray and then use your fingers again to pinch and detail your look.

Recommended Products:

Pureology Glossing Mist is a great way to add shine to your pixie. This photo shows a very soft pixie, you don’t want to make it look sticky or too edgy with a hair wax or pomade. A light mist or spray is the way to go on this style.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round and heart shaped faces are the perfect shape for a pixie haircut. Thin to thick hair that lays straight or wavy is ideal for this angelic hairstyle.


Play up your makeup. When you hair is so simple and sleek, really complement the look with peachy and pink colors on your face. This hairstyle and look is the ultimate fashion statement for the girliest of girly girls.

Low Knot

This chic, knotted hairstyle is to die for! The ultra sleek hairstyle is extremely modern and fresh. The long textured bangs help frame the face and the asymmetrical shape adds some edge.
 Low Knot Blonde Prom Updo with Long Bangs
Low Knot Prom Updo with Bangs Side View

How to Style:

1. Flat iron your hair to smooth and straighten all your strands.

2. Gather your hair into a low, side ponytail and secure with an elastic band. (Clear is best so you won’t see the band.)

3. Fold up the pieces of your short ponytail and pin the pieces into the band.

4. Keep pinning all the hair up until it’s up and secure. Don’t worry about your hair being perfect, a little imperfection or stray pieces help add interest and modernity to the look.

Recommended Products: Glam up your look with a shine spray from Privé. Just a spritz of their Shine Spray before and after styling is enough to add a mirror-like finish.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type: Oval and square shaped faces would be best for this hairstyle for girls that have naturally straight hair, medium to thick.

Tip(s): The true star of this hairstyle is the health of the strands. Invest in your hair with good products and a good hair stylist that will help you make the most of your hair. Healthy hair is naturally stronger, shinier, and free of frizz.

Punk Princess

Rock your prom with this razored haircut and bright vivid hair color. The short jagged layers blend into long textured pieces that really pop with bold hues. Choose a color to complement or contrast your prom dress for that added sparkle.

Punk Princess Prom Hairstyles For Short Hair

How to Style:

1. Blow dry your hair forward around the face and really smooth the hair out to make it nice and straight. A paddle brush is the best to create a straight effect.

2. Plug in your flat iron and go over your strands slowly to really smooth and make the hair stick straight.

3. Follow up with a hairspray to lock in your look and to add some texture.

Recommended Products:

Try something to smooth and protect your strands like Redken Spray Starch Heat Memory Styler.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round and heart shaped faces are ideal for this edgy hairstyle. Thin hair can look too wispy so make sure your texture is medium to thick if you opt for this haircut. Straight hair is the best option for this look.


Don’t try a new haircut right before a big event like your prom. A new hairstyle sometimes takes time to adjust to and you should give yourself that time to get used it before trying something dramatic right before the big event.

Prom Pincurls

This platinum colored pixie boasts dozens of flipped back pincurls. The vintage feel is offset by a more modern color and longer bangs. Oftentimes a shorter haircut is more difficult to morph into a special, more formal style so this is an inspiring idea.
 Blonde Pincurls Cute Fun Look
Blonde Pincurls Cute Fun Look Side View

How to Style:

1. Create a deep side part and arrange the bangs towards the front of the face while the hair is wet.

2. Use a round brush to blow-dry the bangs forward.

3. Grab your flat iron and use it to smooth the bangs out and flick the ends back and away from the face.

4. Apply a gel to the rest of your hair.

5. Start taking small 1″ by 1″ sections of hair and twist them into a circular pincurl, fastening with double pronged hair clip.

6. Allow your hair to dry completely but air-drying or blow-drying with a diffuser.

7. Remove the clips and ruffle the curls slightly until you reach the desired effect.

Recommended Products:

Use a styling gel that won’t flake like the one from Privé.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round and heart shaped faces would work as well as some oval faces because of the long bangs. Thick hair that is naturally straight to wavy is best.


Pincurls need time to dry and set so make sure you calculate out plenty of time before you have to be ready. Set the curls first, then apply your makeup and get dressed. You’ll save time by doing it that way and will also help ensure your hair is prom ready when you need it to be.

Have you been inspired to rock your short haircut at your prom yet? Be the envy of every long-haired girl at the dance with your stunning hairstyle. You’re probably surprised at the versatility that short hair has. Think outside the box and enjoy your prom with one of these stunning styles.