31 Gorgeous Prom Hairstyles for Long Hair

Excited about going to prom but just don’t know how to wear your hair? Take a look at these amazing hairstyles that are perfect for the dance floor and for long hair. Make the most with your long tresses by showing off your length, or by opting to pull it back. Whatever style you choose, you’re sure to turn heads on your big night with these prom hairstyles for long hair.

Long Prom Hair Downdo With Jumbo Curls

Picture of extra long jumbo curls
Instagram @avalonhairdesigns

These dreamy super long huge waves will surely take you to the spotlight on your prom night! An easy yet super beautiful hairstyle just waiting to be crowned!

Vintage-Inspired Long Half Updo

Picture of a vintage-inspired half updo
Instagram @allurebyjacqui

This sensational picture-perfect hairstyle will absolutely make everyone’s jaw drop with its sleek side bangs and wavy ends that are so full of volume. Leaves you feeling like a princess all night!

Braided Side Pony

Picture of a braid adorned side pony
Instagram @jennymitch242

A side-braided loose ponytail is perfect if you’re planning to dance all night long! This style keeps your hair glamorous throughout and off your face for a fresh look.

Soft and Romantic Updo

Soft and Romantic Updo
Instagram @deelushhair

Q&A with style creator, Danielle Sainty
Freelance Hairstylist @ Deelush Hair in Sydney, AU

How would you describe this look?

It’s a big relaxed bun with volume and texture throughout the top of the style finished with wispy pieces around the face for that perfectly undone look. The more relaxed the better! I love this look as it’s uncomplicated but super pretty!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This effortless-looking hairstyle is great for warm nights and showing off dress details, as it keeps your hair up & out of the way. This style suits all hair lengths, and you can also add in hair extensions if you want a fuller looking bun. I personally love this textured – perfectly imperfect hairstyle as it’s a perfect way to showcase balayage and ombre highlighted hair.

To create this look, blow-dry the hair with a styling aid (I used a liquid texture spray). Then add dry texture spray throughout the hair to give the hair some ‘grip’, section out the sides, backcomb to the middle section and take into a low ponytail, then back pull out through the top to give a ‘textured’ look. Backcomb the ponytail to increase volume, then smooth it out and pin it to one side to the head then pull it back across to the other side and pin in to create to bun shape. Take the sides in next twisting them slightly to create some detail, overlap, and pin into the bun, leaving a few delicate ends out around the bun. Leave some hair out around the face to frame, and use a medium or firm hairspray to set the look.

Modern French Twist

Q&A with style creator, Chloe Tomalak
Hairstylist @ J Russell Salon in Palm Desert, CA

How would you describe this look?

This look is the bohemian French twist. It’s a modern update on the classic French twist. It has a loose romantic feel as opposed to the structured classic.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Have a free spirit. It’s an undone twist with lots of curl and pieces down around the face. Make sure to use a workable hairspray for a little hold but lots of flexibility.

Prom Hair With Swept Up Curls

Picture of swept up curls
Instagram @rachellehmua

Q&A with style creator, Rachelle Araujo
Hairstylist and Makeup Artist in Boston, MA

How would you describe this look?

This look is a romantic half up half down hairstyle. My favorite thing about this look is the volume. I was able to achieve it and the extra touch that braids add.

Any advice for someone considering it?

To be able to get the volume they would need, I recommend this hairstyle to a client who has below the shoulder length hair or longer, as well as thick hair.

This look is great for someone who loves to have their hair down but, also would love to have components of an updo. Make sure to have lots of bobby pins and add some hairspray so that your hairstyle will stay in place all night.

Long Braid Bump

Q&A with style creator, Kristen Ball
Freelance Bridal Stylist and Hairstylist @ Dellaria Salons in Boston, MA

How would you describe this look?

This style is a slightly messy low updo look, with French fishtail braids on the sides.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This style is quick because it doesn’t need to be curled beforehand. Like any updo, it is easier to do on hair that has not been just washed, ideally second-day hair.

The braids are a good way to tame thick hair, as well as give the illusion of thickness to thinner hair. They will also keep your hair out of your face for dancing.

The bottom half is actually just a messy bun. I like having a few loose pieces, the texture looks great in photos.

The only product necessary is a light hairspray at the end, and it is always good to keep extra bobby pins, in case anything comes loose.

Elegant Half Up Style

Picture of an elegant half up style
Instagram @kimmisbeauties

Q&A with style creator, Kimmi D’Arrigo
Associate Stylist @ Skin Deep Salon in Totowa, NJ

How would you describe this look?

This look is elegantly classic. Our inspiration picture was a 50’s hairstyle.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would recommend volume and texture products for someone with as much hair as she had. The products will help to hold the volume at the root, so it’s not weighed down by the sheer amount of hair. A lightweight hairspray is helpful for those pesky flyaways.

Edgy Topsy Long Prom Fishtail

Picture of edgy topsy tail
Instagram @cosmo.chlo

Q&A with style creator, Chloe Warne
Licensed Hair & Makeup Artist @ Ulta Salon in Lincoln, NE

How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a mermaid pony that can be dressed up or down depending on the look desired. My favorite thing about this hairstyle is the ribbon effect it gives the hair and the shape in which it reminds me of a mermaid’s tail. Fishtails have become very popular prom hairstyles for long hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This style is best achieved on someone with medium to long hair that has one length or long layers. This style can be achieved on any hair density or texture. This look is edgy but also feminine and can be worn by all ages.

Tools I used: comb, rubber bands, brush and a few bob pins Products I used: Medium hold hairspray Redken 18, Shine spray Redken 02.

Throwback With a Modern Twist

Throwback With a Modern Twist hairstyle
Instagram @sweetteasehair

Q&A with style creator, Hannah McNeill
Cosmetologist @ Captivate Beauty Services in Castle Rock, CO

How would you describe this look?

This look is one of my favorites that I have done! This look can be worn for a romantic gala, an elegant wedding, or even an extravagant night out. The mixture of pin curls and knots give it a throwback look into the 50s with a modern twist.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you are looking for an upstyle and have very dense hair, this look is for you. The curls tend to build on one another and the more hair you have, the larger the curls.

For those trying to achieve this look, look for any colors that pop or stand out more and use those for the top pieces to be displayed. This will really enhance the formation. Also, use lots of hairspray!

Flower Child Prom Hairstyle

Flower Child hairstyle
Instagram @hailey_monique

Q&A with style creator, Hailey Fullmer
Future Professional @ Paul Mitchell The School Ogden in Ogden, UT

How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a flower child-inspired half up half down hairstyle. My favorite things about it are the different textures and vibes that all of the braids give off!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Before styling this, make sure your hair is not freshly washed, but not too dirty as well. Having it just in between the two will give it that messy, undone look you want when wanting a boho hairstyle.

I think this hairstyle is perfect for anyone who is into more of the hipster and boho styles, meaning that they are okay with more of a messy and undone look!

Elegant Half Up Hair

Elegant Half Up Look hairstyle
Instagram @beautyxashlyn

Q&A with style creator, Ashlyn Engledow
Hairstylist / Makeup Artist @ La Bella Beauty Lounge in Waco, TX

How would you describe this look?

This half up hairstyle is simple, yet elegant! The two braids on either side give it just the right amount of detail without going overboard, and the relaxed curls give it the just right amount of texture.

My favorite thing about this is the simplicity of it all. Sometimes less is more, and in this case, I’d have to agree!

Any advice for someone considering it?

The best thing about this hairstyle is that it’s so versatile! Everyone can pull off their own version of this look.

This client had super thick, straight hair. After I curled each piece of hair, I sprayed the curl with Redken’s Control Addict 28 Hairspray to secure the curl before moving on to the next section. After curling the entire head, I teased the top of my client’s hair to add volume, then added a very loose French braid on either side of her head.

The most important product to have when trying to achieve this style is hairspray!

Flowing Twisted Prom Half Updo

Flowing Twisted Half Updo hairstyle
Instagram @lizkalipi

Q&A with style creator, Liz Kalipi
Hairstylist / Barber @ Statements The Salon in Woodbridge, VA

How would you describe this look?

This is an elegant half updo with a twist. I like that it is seamless and that there is no disconnect. It has a perfect flow.

Any advice for someone considering it?

We shampooed the client and applied volumizer throughout the hair to create a foundation, then we applied a volumizer from root to end and blew dry the hair with a 2-inch round brush for volume. We then curled the hair by taking one-inch sections and lightly spraying a finishing type hairspray to each section before curling. When curling the hair, each section is curled in a different direction to create movement. When curling around the face we curled the hair away from the face to create a smooth finish.

For the half updo, I took the section at the crown and teased at the base only, pulling the top section from temple to temple back. We used a boar bristle brush and using a light shine spray to smooth the hair. On the side of the head from the temple, we took a one-inch section of hair on both sides and pulled them back to where we bobby pinned the top section, making sure to spray each section with smoothing spray and hairspray to polish each section.

We twisted the hair much like tying a shoe lace, then pinned at the base to secure the twist. We took the next section and did the same until we reached the ear, then re-curled hair to make the look uniform but with a natural elegance. Finish off with shine spray and hairspray to secure the style.

In regard to products, we used the Surface Awaken Therapeutic line which includes a lightweight shampoo and conditioner to really clean the scalp in preparation for our special occasion style. I used Aquage Uplifting Foam as a volumizer and Aquage Beyond Shine Spray and Aquage Finishing Spray to smooth and secure style.

Any face shape and any hair type can achieve this look. There is no limit to face shape or hair type. Anything is possible!

Half Up & Half Down Long Hairstyle

Instagram @the_braiding_boutique

Q&A with style creator, Kelly Batten
Founder / Head Stylist @ The Braiding Boutique in Brisbane, Australia

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a simple yet elegant style. I love how her hair sweeps back off her face into a sophisticated half French roll that the loose curls soften to make a much more romantic look. This is the perfect look to make a girl feel like a princess on her big night.

What tips or products do you recommend to recreate this look?

When creating this look yourself, always use a heat protecting spray before curling your hair to ensure your gorgeous strands stay happy! Backcombing at your crown will create not just volume, but a fabric to hold the pins in so they don’t slip out during the day or night.

Layering hairspray (spray, smooth, spray, repeat) as you smooth out the half French roll will tame all of those pesky flyaways!

If you are looking for prom hairstyles for long hair that is more free flowing the whole night, the half updo style should definitely be in contention.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Another thing I really like about this style is that it’s versatile. It works on pretty much everyone! If you feel it’s too sharp around your face, just leave out a little more hair to frame and soften the look.

Long Romantic Ponytail

Ponytail hairstyle
Instagram @lesalonhair

Q&A with style creator, Anna Lowrey
Senior Director @ Le Salon in Armidale, NSW

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I love this look because it never goes out of style. Any look that has soft texture and a boho feel is what I love to create.

This ponytail is smooth on the bottom half so it looks professional, and the top half has been placed over loosely to allow the top to remain soft with some height.

A ponytail might be classic, but anyone can pull this off just by changing the smoothness and position of the band.

What tips or products do you recommend to recreate this look?

For the best pony, the most crucial step is prepping the hair by blow drying it into the right shape with a setting spray. Here, I used Bumble and bumble Thickening Spray. Blow dry all the hair back at the front, get heaps of volume at the crown, and pull the hair up at the back. This way the roots will all sit in the right direction and ensure the pony is bump free.

I do my ponytails in two sections and the first one incorporates the bottom half and the crown. I then tong the hair that is out and the hair in the first ponytail. Tong the hair in the pony in all different directions so it doesn’t sit in one big twist. Tong the front half back off the face, then pull some pieces out around the face to customize.

I like to finish the curls with a texture spray like Redken Blown Away to make the curls fat and textured.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Curly ponies work on medium to long hair and the positioning of the band should be placed to best suit your facial features. I recommend ponytails to girls who like their hair back off their face, those who have a lot of detailing on their dress, or or those with heavy feature jewelry to balance the overall look.

Double Braided Bun

Double Braided Bun
Instagram @n.starck

One is not enough, so make it a pair! This double braided bun is a long hair updo perfect for any elegant-themed events. The plaits look fuller on thick and platinum blonde tresses.

Modern French Twist Prom Style

Modern French Twist Prom Style
Instagram @adatabaku

Here’s a modern French twist prom style that suits your glamorous gown! The movement in this look is beautiful, with the matching wavy strands from the hairline. The combination of brown and blonde shades seems satisfying and unbeatable.

Lovely Fishtail Braid

Lovely Fishtail Braid
Instagram @thehairstylish

Secure long hair with an intricate braid. You’ll always feel supreme wearing fishtails!

Stylish Boho Chic Pony

Stylish Boho Chic Pony
Instagram @theupstylegirl

Put your rich brunette strands up into this textured, effortless ponytail! A look that’s ideal for a wild night.

Princess Inspired Half Updo

Princess Inspired Half Updo
Instagram @inspobyelvirall

A simple half up, half down natural-looking upstyle like this will get you every guy lining up for a dance! Accessorize with a cute bow for a touch of sweetness.

Sexy Updo

A bundle of curls piled not-too-high is a fabulous look for the carefree but glamtastic girl. Having a darker tone underneath can end up looking tragic if it’s not done right, so be careful with the colors you choose to create more drama and dimension in your style. The loose gorgeous curls are hard to mess up though. Definitely use your face framing/bangs to keep the style looking approachable and soft.

Curly Twisted Updo For Long Hair

How To Style:

  1. Set dry hair in hot rollers (use the larger ones for the front and top if you have access to enough of them) and let cool.
  2. Once you’ve removed the rollers, pull your fingers through the curls to break them up.
  3. Add backcombing through the top, crown and back part of your hair to add volume and give yourself a spot to anchor the bobby pins or clips you plan to use.
  4. Smooth the top, front and sides toward the back and loosely twist hair up the back just a bit. If hair from the front and sides falls, just let it. It will give you a better tousled look.
  5. Secure the twist using bobby pins underneath it (or a clip or two) and pin a few of the curls towards the outside in strategic places so the curls don’t just fall completely to the back of your head after you’ve started dancing. You can leave the curl in place, but try to tuck a bobby pin in at the part of the curl where it touches your head.
  6. Mist the finished style with at least a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

For sexy messy curls with tons of volume, try Nexxus Thermal Volume, Volumizing Heat Protect Mousse. You get an 80% volume boost with weightless heat protection. Two-in-one heaven!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval, heart, subtle round or square, long depending on face framing length. Fine to thick density with at least a little natural texture to help hold the curl.


For extra volume on top that looks more natural, part your hair in the opposite direction and blow dry it that way. When you flip it back over after it’s cooled, it will still be your natural part but the blow dry action will give you more “oomph”.

Simple Chignon

Simple Chignon
Instagram @wivifalthair

Ideal for your thick, long hair that appears very smooth on a blonde shade! This simple chignon is twisted to complement the loose waves of your tresses. Letting some strands of your locks to hang around your face adds a softer touch to this entire low chignon.

Sweet and Sassy Updo

Chocolate brown hair with caramel streaks looks impossibly sweet and saucy at the same time when it’s loosely pulled back, leaving curls to cascade down just a bit. Full bangs give you more of a mysterious look without being obnoxious.

Sassy Curly Updo

How To Style:

  1. After blow drying hair, use a medium to large barrel curling iron to create curls in the back of your hair.
  2. Put in backcombing up the back center as well as the crown and top of your hair, then smooth over the top for your bump.
  3. Starting in the center back, start pinning the curls up and work your way out, using the hair from the bottom, sides and top last. (You can customize the shape of the “bun” in back by how close together you pin the curls.)
  4. Use a flat iron to smooth bangs.
  5. Spray with medium to firm hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try AG Mousse Gel. You get a firm hold like you would from just gel with the flexibility of mousse!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval, heart, round, square or long. Medium to thick density would work the best, but fine hair will work too. A little natural texture or hair that holds curl while still looking smooth is perfect!


If you don’t have enough front fringe or bangs to create a heavier look like this, purchase a hairpiece clip in extension specifically designed to go in the bang fringe area. They can be customized by your hairstylist so no one can even tell it’s there!

A Heavenly High Bun

A Heavenly High Bun
Instagram @petrabila2

Topping off your loosened updo with a pearl hair accessory can create such a heavenly high bun. Strands hanging from the sides and nape area let your style have a more relaxed and softer finish. If you have dark brown locks that melt into a blonde hue, these then make everything extra elegant than ever!

Salma Hayek

Serious style points for Ms. Hayek with this gorgeous flowy ‘do. The slightly lighter ends are interesting, but the most amazing part of the style is the movement within the curls without her actually moving. The length and density combined with the full spiral curls creates a wave-like appearance that’s flawless.

Salma Hayek Long fancy Hairstyle

How To Style:

  1. Prep hair with styling product(s) then blow dry, finishing off the drying process with a large round brush.
  2. Use a large barrel curling iron and create barrel curls. Clip curls at the scalp to allow them to cool completely.
  3. Mist the cooling curls with a little hairspray before removing the clips and let it dry.
  4. Let those curls down and brush through them (if your curls can handle it) and re-curl with your fingers to get your desired curl pattern.
  5. Spray finished style with a firm but flexible hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

For bouncing “wind-in-the-hair” locks, combine a styling product like Warren Tricomi Style Blue Gel (put in while hair is damp then blow dry) with the hot rollers.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval, heart, round, square or long. Medium to thick density with any natural texture.


If you’ve got issues with your curls and their staying power, instead of using a curling iron, use hot rollers or a wet-set with plastic rollers (the old-school kind you’d see your grandma wearing). Hot rollers infuse your hair with heat, but then also cool completely around the same shape so the curl is locked in better. With a wet-set, you’re using a different type of method altogether. Instead of temperature, you’re using moisture to set your curls. The way your hair reacts to the wet-set is a lot of times greater than using just temperature methods. You get a more stable curl. Why do you think women would go to the salon once a week for this treatment? It actually was capable of lasting that long and won’t damage your hair nearly as much as the heat will!

Easy Braided Ponytail

Easy Braided Ponytail
Instagram @kononova_stylist

A loose hairstyle makes a casual feel unless a texture upgrades your blonde, wavy locks. This easy braided ponytail looks extravagant in its own way. With additional face-framing waves, you got to have confidence in this upcoming prom!

Low Bun Updo

Low Bun Updo
Instagram @kononova_stylist

Add flair to a down-do hairstyle by showing off your wavy, brown locks. Streaks of platinum blonde will outline the movement of your waves, too! Face-framing strands and hair jewel are vital details to finish the whole low bun updo.

Curly Twist

This feminine hairstyle is positively gorgeous! This curly look is great for fancy events because you can show off the length your hair has but still have it back and off your face so you don’t have to worry about it bothering you on the dance floor. The girly curls are complimented by the sweet twisted detail. This is an awesome pick for any special event.

Curly Twist Half Updo Look

How to Style:

1. Part your hair down the middle.

2. Use a curling iron to curl your entire head of hair.

3. Start on one side of your part and twist it back and away from the face. Keep adding hair into the twist, moving back towards the center of the head. Pin to secure.

4. Repeat on the opposite side. Twist hair back and away from the face and then pin in the back, center of the head for a half updo.

Recommended Products:

Moroccan Oil’s Luminous Hairspray is a great choice to spritz on your hair before using your curling iron. It adds shine and hold to your look. It’s a great product because you can spray it on before and after curling.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This swept-back hairstyle looks great if your hair is on the thicker and fuller side. Your hair may not look as full if it’s fine. Naturally curly hair would be great for this look, even you have super crazy spirals you can twist your back into this beautiful style. If you’re handy with a curling iron then even straight haired girls can achieve this chic style.


Don’t be afraid to dress up your hair with glittery accessories. Plan ahead and purchase some fun sparkly barrettes or pins to play up your big night hairstyle even more.

Long Beach Waves

Long Beach Waves
Instagram @tee.hair

These textured long beach waves are looking so extra! The movement is random, which also creates a romantic edge on a half-down hairstyle. The metallic shade of rose gold balayage is one reason you’ll be the queen of the night.

Fishtail Braids

Get in touch with your braiding skills to create this glamorous double waterfall braid. This braided effect is stunning and is a great hairstyle to show off your length but still keep hair back away and from the face. Subtle sun-kissed highlights are placed throughout the hair for an incredible glow.

Glamorous Double Waterfall Updo Hairstyle

How to Style:

1. Start with clean, dry hair and brush through.

2. Spray on some shine spray and curl the ends of your hair with a medium to large sized curling iron. The curls are very loose and wavy, not tight and spiraled so don’t worry about getting the perfect curl. You just want the ends of the hair to look wavy and soft.

3. Start on one side of the head, at about the height of your temple, and start a Waterfall Braid. Braid around the back of the head to your other temple and secure with a bobby pin or two.

4. Start about an inch under your last braid and repeat with another Waterfall Braid, securing at the opposite side with bobby pins.

Recommended Products:

Get silky soft hair by spraying in Pureology Glossing Mist before and after you curl your hair. It is lightweight so it won’t drag your hair down or make it feel greasy. It helps protect your hair from heat and adds a luminous shine that will sparkle on the dance floor.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This hairstyle would look stunning on all face shapes and hair types. If you have a longer forehead, leave your bangs down in the front to help minimize the length and flatter your face.


Customize your look! You can keep braiding to create an almost basket weave look or just do a single waterfall braid to save time. Try viewing an online tutorial video to learn how to create different types of braids.

Delicious Curls

So in love with these gorgeous curls! If you usually wear your hair up in a ponytail or on the straighter side, now is the perfect time to change up your look. When you style your hair differently than you normally do you immediately appear more special. Try this amazing curly hairstyle to show off your length and volume.

Long Curls Elegant Hairstyle

How to Style:

1. Start with tangle free hair that is 100% dry.

2. Part hair to your liking, down the center or to the side.

3. Spray some light hairspray all over your hair and brush through.

4. Section up a large portion of your hair and leave a small section dropped down to curl. Use a one and half inch sized curling iron to curl the dropped down section.

5. Keep dropping down sections to curl until your entire head of hair is dripping with curls.

6. Finish off with a strong hold hairspray to lock your look in for the night.

Recommended Products:

Start by spraying your hair with something flexible like Healthy Sexy Hair’s Soy Hairspray. A light spray is good to use before you curl because if you use something too strong and sticky first, you won’t be able to curl your hair that easily. After you finish curling, follow up with Big Sexy Hair’s Spray and Play Hairspray to lock in your look and give it a nice crisp finish.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

If you have a small round face, these huge curls may overwhelm your face. All other face shapes would look great with this voluminous hairstyle. The thicker your hair the fuller your hair will look, especially when you add in the curls. Straight textured hair to naturally curly hair can achieve this look with a curling iron.


Strapless dresses are perfect for wearing your hair down. The hairstyle helps frame your face and shoulders. Add a sparkly barrette or accessory to really glam up your look for the dance floor!

Long hair always makes a statement so hopefully you’ve been inspired to something bold and daring on the big night. Feel free to mix and match different fashion elements from the different styles to create a custom look just for you. Curls, braids, pinning, or ponytails, are just a few of the many ingredients that await you and your fabulous long hair. Have fun and dance the night away with a gorgeous look.