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Side Hairstyles for Prom

Prom is the one of the most exciting events of a girl’s life! Everywhere we turn, signs of spring are emerging through the colors of thousands of prom dresses adorning shop windows and racks across the country. This is an especially exhilarating time for seniors who, as a right of passage on their way to college, plan the most fun and formal event night out with their close friends and create memories to look back on for the rest of their lives.

Client Jessica Lauren says “I am most looking forward to spending an entire night feeling like a princess with my best friends before we leave for college!” She is smart to consider the design of her prom dress when deciding how to have her hair styled but she also says her hairstyle of choice is free-flowing and curly because it makes her feel most confident. Beautiful side swept hairstyles have been all over the red carpets this season and will be hot for prom as well. Time to get inspired ladies!

Sweet Side Curls

This style is perfect for those with long fringe or no fringe and complements one-sided dresses very well.

Sweet Side Hairstyles for Prom Back View Sweet Side Curls for Prom

How to Style:

  1. Part hair on the same side of the single dress strap, or either side if you have a strapless or regular double-strapped dress.
  2. Backbrush hair in the crown to create height.
  3. Curl mid-length to ends of hair, alternating the direction of curls every so often. Use a flexible heat setting spray to lock in curl.
  4. Position the hair closer to the side opposite the single dress strap and secure with several inverted bobby pins.

Recommended Products:

Grab Cricket’s Amped Up Teasing Brush, available at your favorite salon! Set hair with Schwarzkopf Professional OSiS Elastic Flexible Hold Styling Spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval, round, square shaped faces

Any hair type

Knot Refined

Rock a refined knot that makes a simple side pony sleek and modern.

Knot Refined Lovely Long Blonde Prom Side Hairstyle with Side Knot Knot Refined Lovely Long Blonde Style - Tousled Ponytail - with Side Knot Back View

How to Style:

  1. Part hair to one side.
  2. Backbrush hair in the crown for added height and texture.
  3. Curl ends of hair, and be sure to use a flexible heat setting spray to lock in curl.
  4. Position the your pony opposite the side where you created the part.
  5. Take a ½” section of hair from the underside of the pony and wrap around several times.
  6. Secure end of section beneath the pony with a bobby pin.

Recommended Products:

Try KMS California Curl Up Bounce Back Spray for firm hold, heat protection, and exceptional curl retention.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval, square, heart shaped faces

Best on thick, straight hair

Beautifully Bejeweled

Sparkle, volume and a disheveled braid combine for a perfectly unperfect glamorous finish.

Beautifully Bejeweled Long Loose Side Hairstyles For Prom Beautifully Bejeweled Long Side Hairstyles For Prom - Side View

How to Style:

  1. Starting above the forehead, create three sections of hair approximately one inch in width.
  2. Loosely braid all the way to the ends of the hair, placing each outside strand over the middle strand. This will create an internal French braid.
  3. Secure ends with an elastic.
  4. Use a tail comb to loosen some sections of the braid. This will create texture.
  5. Spray with a flexible hold hairspray.
  6. Finish by accessorizing with your favorite jeweled headband or hair piece.

Recommended Products:

Accessorize this look with an amazing piece from BeSomethingNew on Etsy! They have designs for all tastes.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval, square, pear

Works on any hair type, though easiest to style with naturally curly hair

She Speaks Volumes

Here’s a style for you rock girls who want to add a bit of ‘edge’ to your look.

Long Black Edgy Prom Hairstyles

How to Style:

  1. Part a section of hair from hairline to the top of the back of the head.
  2. Back brush hair, beginning with a 1-inch deep section working back. Be sure to pull the hair forward before you begin to back brush as doing so will give the hair more height.
  3. Lightly spray section with hairspray.
  4. Pull sides back into a pony and secure with an elastic.
  5. Back brush pony just a bit to give it a slightly messy look.
  6. Wrap a small section of the pony around to hide the elastic and secure under pony with a bobby pin.
  7. Smooth sides and top with the side of a teasing brush to blend.

Recommended Products:

Schwarzkopf Professional OSiS Dust-It is the perfect mattifying powder to sprinkle prior to back brushing! This product is king when it comes to adding grip and volume without weight. Use sparingly because a little goes a long way!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Pear, oval shaped faces

Straight

Curly Girl

The style is perfect for showing off peek-a-boo highlights with lots of texture!

Long Red Curly Side Hairstyle for Prom with Peek-a-Boo Highlights Long Red Curly Style for Prom with Peek-a-Boo Highlights - Back View

How to Style:

  1. Curl hair all over and lightly distribute a curl defining cream throughout.
  2. Part a section of hair from temple to temple; pull forward then back brush.
  3. French braid that section, taking note to pull on the front of it to loosen a bit.
  4. Back brush hair, beginning with a 1-inch deep section working back. Be sure to pull the hair forward before you begin to back brush as doing so will give the hair more height.
  5. Lightly spray section with hairspray.
  6. Pull small horizontal sections back and knot then secure with a bobby pin.
  7. Spray with hairspray to finish.

Recommended Products:

Aquage Finishing Spray provides humidity resistance, style retention, and maximum shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval, square, pear shaped faces

Thick; straight or curly

Retro Southern Belle

Perfectly polished retro vintage hairstyle with a bit of classic charm.

Retro Southern Belle Glamorous Side Updo for Prom Retro Southern Belle Glamorous Updo for Prom Back View

How to Style:

  1. Set hair in medium to large hot rollers and allow to cool completely.
  2. Create two medium horizontal sections near your forehead. Twist each loosely to one side and secure with a single bobby pin.
  3. Working from the second front section all the way to the bottom of the neck, take one-inch horizontal sections from each side, knot tightly against the scalp and secure with a couple bobby pins.
  4. Spray with hairspray to finish.

Recommended Products:

Matrix Biolage Thermal Active Setting spray is perfect for applying to each section of hair before setting in rollers.It provides thermal protection, volume, and long-lasting style.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval, pear, round shaped faces

Any hair type, though easiest to style on thick and straight or curly

High Society

Add texture and interest to bold color with volume and a plait fit for a prom queen!

High Society Side Hairstyle for Prom Bold Color with Side Braid

How to Style:

  1. Create a deep side part.
  2. Back brush hair in the back of the crown.
  3. Gather hair at the neck and braid all the way to the tips.
  4. Randomly loosen some sections of the braid.
  5. Bring braided pony to one side.
  6. Smooth side swept fringe in with volume by gently sweeping the side of the brush along the direction of the hair.

Recommended Products:

Big Sexy Hair Powder Play will add tons of volume no matter the hair type or style and will work perfectly to add volume in the crown!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval, square, pear

Any hair type, works really well with fine or thick straight hair

Braided Juliette

Plaits deliver tons of texture and whimsy to this amazingly intricate style.

Braided Juliette Intricate Style for Long Hair with Lots of Intricate Braids Braided Juliette Intricate Style for Long Hair with Lots of Intricate Braids - Side View

How to Style:

  1. Curl hair all over from mid length to ends.
  2. Part hair deeply to one side.
  3. Section large side of part into ¾ to 1-inch wide vertical sections and braid each one all the way down to the ear. Secure each with a bobby pin.
  4. Back brush hair in the crown to create a  bump then smooth over with the side of the brush.
  5. Secure with bobby pins.
  6. Spray with hairspray to finish.

Recommended Products:

Perfect plaits are frizz-free by applying a bit of Silky Sexy Hair Frizz Eliminator Lite to eliminate flyaways and protect from humidity. Alternately, try regular Frizz Eliminator for thick or coarse hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval, round, square, heart shaped faces

Works best on thick and straight or curly

Smooth Sailing

An elegant and simple side ponytail is great when used to balance out a “busy” dress!

Smooth Sailing Elegant and Simple Side Pony For Prom Smooth Sailing Elegant and Simple Side Pony For Prom - Side View

How to Style:

  1. Set hair in medium and large rollers. Allow to cool completely then unwind rollers.
  2. Part hair deeply to one side.
  3. Smooth fringe to one side.
  4. Using a brush, smooth hair around head to create a side pony. Be careful not to brush out the curls near the ends of the hair.
  5. Secure with an elastic.
  6. Spray with shine spray and hairspray to finish.

Recommended Products:

Paul Mitchell Hot Off The Press is an excellent thermal protection spray which adds great memory for effortless curls.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval, round, square, heart

Works best on fine or thick straight hair

Understated Elegance

This half up style perfectly complements a strapless dress and lets you have the best of both up and down styling.

Understated Elegance Long Loose Hairstyle For Prom with Waves and Highlights Understated Elegance Long Loose Style with Waves and Highlights - Side View

How to Style:

  1. Curl hair from mid length to ends, using a heat-setting spray on each curl section.
  2. Part hair above one eye.
  3. Gently bring sections from above the ear back toward the lower crown, pushing up just a bit to create some height at the top.
  4. Secure each section with a bobby pin.
  5. Spray with hairspray to lock in curls.

Recommended Products:

Goldwell Style Sign Sleek Perfection thermal spray serum will protect your curls from heat while providing lasting hold. Finish with a bit of Schwarzkopf Professional OSiS Elastic Flexible Hold Styling Spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval, round, square, heart

Any hair type

Party Princess

Party it up with a loosely gathered curly updo, complete with tendrils to frame the face.

Party Princess Side Hairstyle For Prom with Face-Framing Tendrils Party Princess Loose Hairstyle For Prom with Face-Framing Tendrils - Side View

How to Style:

  1. Curl hair all over from mid length to ends.
  2. Gather hair in a section from the front of the ears diagonally back to the top of the crown of the head. Leave some pieces free to add playfulness to the front of the style.
  3. Secure section with bobby pins.
  4. Twist random sections up in the back and secure by placing the rounded tips of a bobby pin pointed onto the head near the base of the twist. Push bobby pin in and down into the twist to hold in place.
  5. Finish with a bit of hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Create perfectly imperfect curls with the One Styling Verge Bubble Wand. Add style memory by spraying each section with KMS California Free Shape Hot Flex Spray before curling.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval, heart, pear

Any hair type

Remember to bring these photos along with you to your hair appointment. Stylists love photos! No matter the style you choose, be confident and smile because your attitude is the best accessory.