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13 Super Hot Prom Updos for Long Hair

You have your dress, shoes and accessories, now it’s time to figure out how to wear your hair! Having long hair, there are so many fabulous styles for you to choose from and it can really be overwhelming. Make your decision easier by finding a style that is suitable not only to your dress, personality or theme, but also to your facial features. Here are some great prom updos for long hair ideas to get you prom-inspired!

  • Focal Point

    The swirls in this style make it very interesting and sexy. It will be the perfect accessory for a backless gown.

    Focal Point Updo for Prom with Swirls

    Recommended Products:

    Frizz and flyaways can ruin the beautiful detail of this style. Paul Mitchell’s Soft Spray is perfect for looks like this because it is wet enough to hold down and tame unruly strands. It doesn’t set right away which is perfect because it gives you enough time to detail your style.

    Hair Type:

    Medium to thick hair will work best with this updo.

    Face Shape:

    This hairstyle can work on any face shape.

  • Loose and Tousled

    This soft and relaxed style is the perfect way to soften strong features.

    Loose and Tousled Prom Updos For Long Hair Loose and Tousled Prom Updo For Long Hair Side View

    Recommended Products:

    For a flexible, loose and crunch-free style that last all night, try Paul Mitchell’s Hold Me Tight.

    Hair Type:

    Any hair type with layers will work with this style. Without layers, the different lengths of curls left out won’t be possible.

    Face Shape:

    The fringe and the volume on top of the head make this style perfect for wider face shapes. To make it more suitable for longer face shapes, swoop the fringe across the forehead more to cover majority of  it. This will make the face appear shorter and wider. Longer faces should minimize volume on top of the head to avoid making the face look longer.

  • Finger Wave

    Have all eyes on you with this glamorous vintage look.

    Finger Wave Glamorous Vintage Prom Updo Finger Wave Glamorous Vintage Prom Updo Side View

    Recommended Products: 

    Extra-Body Sculpting Gel by Paul Mitchell is a great product to sculpt a finger wave with. It locks the waves in place and gives them a lot of shine.

    Hair Type:

    Fine to medium hair will work best with this style.

    Face Shape:

    This style is perfect for showing off an oval face shape. This will also look great on heart shaped faces as it will highlight their cheekbones.

  • Grecian Goddess

    Look like a queen in this Grecian goddess-inspired style.

    Grecian Goddess Partial Prom Updo For Long Hair Grecian Goddess Prom Updos For Long Hair - Side View

    Recommended Products:

    Paul Mitchell’s foaming pomade is excellent is smoothing and controlling hair while braiding.

    Hair Type:

    Medium to thick hair will work best with this style.

    Face Shape:

    Wider face shapes will look great in this style. The length on both sides of the face and the volume on top of the head will lengthen the face.

  • Retro Meets Modern

    This crisp and clean updo is a beautifully sculpted work of art.

    Retro Meets Modern Sculpted Prom Updo Retro Meets Modern Sculpted Prom Updo Back View

    Recommended Products:

    Prep the hair with Extra-Body Sculpting Foam by Paul Mitchell to get a head start with volume.

    Hair Type:

    Medium to thick hair will work best with this style.

    Face Shape:

    This style will look great on round, heart and square face shapes.

  • Chignon

    As Coco Chanel said, “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” That is what comes to mind when it comes to chignons.

    Chignon Updo with Long Bangs Elegant Updo for Prom

    Recommended Products:

    Secure each strand with Paul Mitchell’s Hold Me Tight.

    Hair Type:

    All hair types will work well with this hair style.

    Face Shape:

    Depending on how the fringe is styled, this updo will suit any face shape. A fringe that is angled more horizontal will suit longer face shapes. A fringe angled more vertical will be more suitable for wider face shapes.

  • Multi Texture

    This beautiful updo features multiple textures without looking overwhelming.

    Multi Texture Crimped and Curled Prom Updo For Long Hair

    Recommended Products:

    Secure every detail of this gorgeous style with Extra-Body Finishing Spray by Paul Mitchell. It’s a quick drying hairspray that won’t weight down the hair, allowing the style to keep its detail.

    Hair Type:

    Medium to thick hair will work best with this style.

    Face Shape:

    Having all the hair swept away from the face, this style will be perfect to show off an oval face shape.

  • Loose & Up

    Hair loosely pinned into an beautiful updo is gives a soft and delicate look to its wearer.

    Soft Honey Blonde Updo Swooped Across Forehead

    Recommended Products:

    To keep your look secure but still soft looking, use Paul Mitchell’s Hold Me Tight.

    Hair Type:

    Thicker hair will work best with this style.

    Face Shape:

    Depending on how the hair is swooped across the forehead, this style can work with any face shape. It will suit a longer face shape if most of the forehead is covered as this will shorten the face. It will suit a wider face shape if just enough of the forehead is covered to make the face appear narrower.

  • Half Up

    Need to have your hair down but still want the updo feel? Get the best of both worlds with this half up style.

    Half Up Elegant Style for Prom Long Hair

    Recommended Products:

    This style looks best with hydrated, frizz free, silky hair with crunch-free volume. Achieve this by prepping the hair with Hydro Cream Whip by Paul Mitchell’s Awapuhi Wild Ginger line.

    Hair Type:

    All types of hair will work well with this style.

    Face Shape:

    Oval face shapes will look amazing in this style. Just remember not to create too much volume on top of the head as this could take away from the shape’s ideal proportions.

  • Messy Updo

    Look like a celebrity going down the red carpet in this super stylish messy updo.

    Messy Tousled Prom Updos For Long Hair Messy Tousled Prom Updos For Long Hair

    Recommended Products:

    Use Paul Mitchell’s Hold Me Tight to keep this beautiful messy style secure all night.

    Hair Type:

    All hair types will work well with this style.

    Face Shape:

    The angle of the fringe and the hair left out on the sides of the face will make a round face appear longer. This will also lengthen a square face shape and soften its angles. The length of the fringe covers the jaw line and the hair that is left out slightly curled really softens it.

  • Queen Of The Night

    Walk in like a queen in this beautifully regal, high updo.

    Queen of the Night Glamorous Piled Curls for Prom Queen of the Night Glamorous Piled Curls for Prom - Back View

    Recommended Products:

    Keep every strand in place and shiny with Paul Mitchell’s Extra-Body Finishing Spray.

    Hair Type:

    Really long and thick hair will work best with this style.

    Face Shape:

    The height of this style will make wider face shapes appear longer.

  • Ribboned Up

    This style features ribbon twirled and twisted into the hair creating a very pretty updo.

    Ribboned Up Updo for Long Hair Back View Ribboned Up Updo for Long Hair Side View

    Recommended Products:

    For illuminating shine, mist Shine Spray by Paul Mitchell over the finished style.

    Hair Type:

    Medium to thick hair will work best with this style.

    Face Shape:

    This style will look suit any face shape depending on how the front is styled. Have hair or a fringe swoop across the majority of the forehead. This will make a longer face shape appear longer. Have it cover just a part of the forehead to make a wider face shape appear longer. Leaving out hair on the side of the face can make a face shape appear longer and soften a strong jaw line.

  • Softly Banded

    More interest is added to this gorgeous soft updo using a headband.

    Multi Texture Crimped and Curled Long Hair Updo with Headband

    Recommended Products:

    Protect the hair from the heat of the curling iron and crimper with Paul Mitchell’s Hot Off The Press. Not only does it protect the hair from heat, it will also  keep your hair curled and crimped all night.

    Hair Type:

    Fine to medium hair works best with airy styles like this.

    Face Shape:

    The roundness of the silhouette of this style makes it suitable for longer face shapes.

    No matter how you do your hair, make up, or what dress you wear, remember that confidence is your best accessory. Know and believe that you are beautiful. Have fun and shine at prom!