34 of the Cutest Prom Updos You’ll See for 2019

Are you ready to get your groove on the dance floor yet? You’ll be ready to go having your hair all up and off of your shoulders. These glamorous updos will really make your prom night a memorable one. And don’t forget – updos are hot; always have been, always will be. There’s something so polished and fabulous about sweeping your hair up into a sophisticated style, then showing it off to the world. There are so many different options that there’s no excuse for NOT having an updo.

Prom can be one of the most memorable moments of your high school life. Make the most of it with one of these creative a creative prom updos below. Find a style that enhances your natural beauty and expresses your awesome personality. Here’s a list of fantastic prom updos that range from simple and classy to funky and cool. Enjoy and have a fabulous prom!

Perfect Curly Bun for Curly Hair

Perfect Curly Bun for Curly Hair
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Embrace your natural beauty by showing off your super gorgeous textured locks loosely tied up in a big knot! It’s a perfectly undone look that’s made more perfect with a sparkling accessory!

Reverse French Braid

Reverse French Braid
Instagram @braidsnfashion

Love is totally in the air with this messy pink hair! Set a few strands loose in front then start with an adorable twisted plait that transforms into a small bun.

Gorgeous Braid Updo

Gorgeous Braid Updo
Instagram @hairbylexc

A classic style, this chic do starts with simple, loosely braided pieces that turns into a cute messy low bun. Bonus styling tip – leave some long wavy strands in front for a flirty face-framing effect.

Easy Twisted Updo

Easy Twisted Updo
Instagram @nataliekamalmakeupartist

A timeless do that is very popular in formal scenes nowadays – the French twist is the number one look to go for if you’re looking for a polished and flirty hairstyle.

Modern Dark Blonde Updo

Picture of a modern dark blonde updo
Instagram @hairwitchhales

Prom is the time to clean yourself up and what better way to do it than with a classic yet modern bun. Style it with a bit messy look for a modern gorgeous style.

Lovely Top Knot

Q&A with style creator, Sarah Josephs
Hairstylist @ Styling By Sarah in West Sussex, England

How would you describe this look?

Effortless, timeless and uncomplicated, the high bun lengthens the neck providing an elegant, feminine look. The versatility is what makes it such a favourable style- from day to night or even bridal with the added delicate pearls dressing the hair, as shown in the picture with the dramatic contrast against the models red hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This style works best on mid to long length hair in order to achieve the desired look for those with finer hair the option or adding a clip in extension is a great way to add depth and volume. My ‘go to’ product would be a sea salt spray it’s great for giving a firmer grip when styling. My model had naturally curly hair, so we began styling by blow drying the hair to enhance the shine and tame the frizz. The style is also easily adaptable for varying face shapes, such as for clients with a heart or square shaped face, the option of a parting to soften the look around the hairline.

Cute Updo for Long Hair

Q&A with style creator, Chloe Taylor
Hairstylist & Makeup Artist @ Hair by Chloe Taylor in Shrewsbury, Shropshire


How would you describe this look?

This look is a modern elegant chignon with a dutch braid accent. The cutest thing about this look is the chunky Dutch braid, which seamlessly blends into the chignon at the back of the head. The tousled soft hair sweeping back underneath the braid and also blending into the chignon adds a romantic feel to the style.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My client here had quite thick hair which was just below her shoulders. I prepped my client’s hair with dry shampoo to create volume and texture. I backcombed the crown area and sprayed with hairspray to create volume and height. This style would suit people with hair which is shoulder length and below, and of a medium to thick hair type.

If your hair is quite thin this is still possible with the use of hair padding to create more volume for the chignon at the back of the head. This style is very elegant and romantic, with the dutch braid giving this look a modern boho feel, perfect for prom or a special occasion.

Quick Big Bun

Quick Big Bun
Instagram @shelbycolehair

Q&A with style creator, Shelby Cole
Hairstylist / Blonde Specialist @ Ando Salon in Troy, NY


How would you describe this look?

The loveliest thing about this look is that it lasts all day long. You don’t have to worry about curls falling out or the weather affecting the style. It’s also really elegant and a timeless style. I would also describe this look as a high princess bun!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Make sure that you have thick hair or have extensions to use or else you won’t get the desired fullness for this look!

Lovely Loose Braid

Q&A with style creator, Magdalena Maniak
Hair & Makeup Specialist @ Magma Hair Designs in Melbourne, Victoria


How would you describe this look?

This look is a soft side updo with braid on the side. I love it because it is great for hot and humid climate as well as for cooler one, and it will look perfect all day and night. A big and soft side braid – it is a perfect addition to this boho style updo.

Any advice for someone considering it?

To ensure your hair looks perfect on the day I always recommend to wash the hair the day before and blow wave it, especially if the hair is frizzy or curly. Preparation is the key.

Always consider your hair length and thickness when choosing the hairstyle. Lastly, pick a hairstyle that you’re gonna feel comfortable with, and be true to the real you.

Simple Bun Updo

Q&A with style creator, Leah Bailey
Stylist @ Dharma Day Spa & Salon in Springfield, MO


How would you describe this look?

This look is a modern version of a timeless updo. “Timelessly chic” if you will. The best part would be how to put together its looks. It’s simple but will absolutely stand out in a crowd.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Consider first of all the hair length. This style is best considered for a client with long hair. It should also be considered for a client with medium hair thickness. It was constructed with only root lifting powder, bobby pins, and hair spray, so it’s great for a client who wants to let her hair down at the end of the night. This updo is perfect for any dress style, all personalities, and for a night full of timeless moments.

Modern Messy Updo for Long Hair

Modern Messy Updo for Long Hair
Instagram @kbdoesmyhair

Q&A with style creator, Keisha Burton
Hairstylist @ Salon 109 in Neosho, MO


How would you describe this look?

This look is organic and boho. Those are some of my favorite words to describe looks like this. It is not perfectly put or sprayed stiff. It is made to move and fall and curl where it wants to curl.

It’s perfectly done in an “undone” way. It gives my clients room to move freely through the night, and even if a few pieces fall or move you are still rocking a beautiful style.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Start with hair that is not freshly washed. I always tell my girls to wash the day before and I never leave my salon without my Matrix Style Link texture builder! It is my holy grail for special occasion looks. It gives the hair just enough grit to work with and I always finish my looks with my Matrix Biolage sugar shine spray! It adds so much shine and finish to the hair so you don’t miss out on that “wow” look.

Also, snag a pair of extensions if your hair is above the shoulder blades or is super thin! More hair to work with is never a burden, especially during updos. Coming from a southern stylist, big hair is always better!

Sleek Romantic Updo

Q&A with style creator, Mikaela Rose
Stylist @ Haircuttery in Winter Garden Village, FL


How would you describe this look?

This look is a last all night kind of look, as with all the hair being pinned up and back, it’s not going anywhere! I love the way it all flows together, from the twist in the front to the statement pin curl on the side.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would definitely recommend this to a client with long hair who likes a lot of volume and body with a classic elegant taste. This look required a lot of pins, curling of the hair, and round foam donut to create the bun, then hair spray and shine spray to finish off and make her glow!

Adorable Flower Rope Braid

Q&A with style creator, Lilly Wright
Cosmetologist @ Paul Mitchell The School Ogden in Ogden, UT


How would you describe this look?

This is called a waterfall braid because of how the pieces fall down just as a waterfall would flow. It is a unique and very simple look achieved by creating a french braid by dropping every bottom piece and picking up a new one each time.

I love that it is simple and easy to wear for special occasions or even for everyday wear.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Doing it on a 2nd or 3rd-day hair will hold it together better than a freshly washed one.

This hairstyle works for either straight or wavy hair, so you can curl it.

For curly hair, straighten it first, curl, then style. Also, make sure to apply a good holding hairspray to keep everything secure.

Enchanting Espresso Brown With a French Twist

Q&A with style creator, Jayme Volway
Hairstylist @ Cooper & Co Salon in Midland, MI


How would you describe this look?

I love the versatility of this style! It can be fun and flirty or sleek and sophisticated depending on the wardrobe, jewelry, and makeup choices matched with it! Anywhere from a fun date night to a special event or gala, this quick style is my go-to!

Any advice for someone considering it?

The model has collarbone-length hair with a natural wave and is fine but also quite thick. She had minimal layering which helped secure the look.

When I began styling, she had her hair previously smoothed and curled with Surface products. I secured the look with minimal bobby pins using a cross internal lock technique, which made the style extremely comfortable to wear. We left a few pieces out around her face to soften the look and give more of a relaxed, fun and flirty look!

Beautiful Floral Hair Pin

Q&A with style creator, Elle Bliss
Hairstylist @ Salon Cheveux in White Bear Lake, MN


How would you describe this look?

This is a simple but elegant look. I love how timeless it looks and that you can wear this for any occasion and dress it up as much or as little as you’d like! You can’t go wrong with this stunning hairstyle.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Make sure you have at least shoulder length hair or longer, otherwise it will be hard to accomplish. This look is great for any hair type! All you need is a curling iron, hairspray, and a hair binder to achieve this look.

You can wear this updo to any event, such as a prom, a wedding, or something simple like a night out with your special someone.

Flawless Low Bun Side Braid

Q&A with style creator, Mely Garcia
Hair Designer @ Lark Salon in Omaha, NE


How would you describe this look?

This is a soft and messy look! I did a low messy bun and enhanced it with a dutch braid. I love this updo because it looks effortless yet put together.

I definitely love the braid as she had a lot of hair to work with. This always helps when doing a braid so that it looks fuller.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is great for any occasion and almost anyone. Remember that the thicker the hair is the bigger the braid will be.

I always start with dry shampoo. Updos always work better when the hair is a little dirty. The dry shampoo gives the hair grip and texture, and that makes braiding and styling easier.

Detailing creme and flexible hold hairspray will be your best friends as they help with flyaways and still make the hair soft enough to move as you need it.

I always make sure I go through the braid after it’s been pulled out and secure it with lots of bobby pins to make sure it stays in all night!

Braided Updo with Glasses

Q&A with style creator, Valerie
Stylist @ Studio 6 Hair Salon in Springfield, IL


How would you describe this look?

This is an elegant, messy braid. I love that it looks like there is a lot to it, but in reality, it is fairly easy to do. It is simple yet classy!

Any advice for someone considering it?

You have to consider the hair length. I recommend this for someone with medium to long hair.

This is more of a formal style, so it is perfect for occasions like homecoming, prom, weddings, etc.

This style would be more for a client who is okay with a messier, “piecey” look.

Dark Hair with Golden Highlights

Picture of a dark hair with golden highlights
Instagram @glammedup619

Q&A with style creator, Hedvika Racine
Licensed Cosmetologist / Hairstylist @ GlammedUp in San Diego, CA


How would you describe this look?

This is a classic braided updo, perfect for prom or weddings. It is a simple style to achieve, so it is a great choice when you’re short on time!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This will look gorgeous on long, thick hair, because the braid can be wrapped around several times, creating a very intricate bun.

It is also perfect if you want minimal heat used on your hair. Heat is only used on dainty strands around the hairline.

It does require a bit of hairspray and texturizing spray so that it will appear as close to flawless as possible.

Braided Updo

A braided updo for prom
Instagram @beauty.by.zoey

Q&A with style creator, Zoey Boyd
Hairstylist / Cosmetologist @ proDo in South Jordan & Draper, UT


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as an elegant formal updo. My favorite thing about it would be how simple it was and how much my client loved it! I also love that this style can be done with medium-long hair. My client’s hair length was a little past her collarbone and this look gives the illusion that she has hair to the middle of her back!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Use lots and lots of texture spray! It’ll be your best friend when piecing together the updo. Don’t over think this look! It is very easy to acheive with just a little backcombing and minimal hair pins. Finish the look with a little bit of hair spray and you’re ready to dance the night away!

Unexpected Edge

Unexpected Edge hairstyle
Instagram @val.hintay.hair

Q&A with style creator, Val Hintay
Senior Stylist @ On The Fringe Hair Design in Vancouver, BC


How would you describe this look?

This is such a fun look! It is perfect for the woman who is going to any fun event, whether it’s a wedding or a concert, that wants to add some fun and flair to her hair. It also stays in place all night long!

I love the intricate detailing in the back, and that braid gives it an unexpected edge.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This style is great for all hair types and is perfect for someone who doesn’t want their hair falling onto their face.

Start with curled hair, then tie it into little buns going down the back of the head. You can use bobby pins to secure and mess up the buns a little bit. The braids are optional and hairspray is a must! You can smooth down the flyaways with a little bit of pomade or hairspray as well.

Boho Bun

Boho Bun hairstyle
Instagram @kate_olsonhair

Q&A with style creator, Kate Olson
Hairstylist @ Ochoa Salon and Spa in East Longmeadow and South Hadley, MA


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as boho chic. It’s simple yet tousled to give off a beautiful, youthful appearance. I wanted to create a style that was put together and appropriate, but still had a feeling of texture. This look is sophisticated with a fun, lived-in vibe.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Make sure you’re comfortable putting all your hair up. This is a great style to show off certain features like your neckline. If your dress has an elaborate design on the back, this hairstyle would be a great way to keep the dress revealed. Not to mention if you plan to dance the night away, you’ll definitely stay confident and cool with this boho bun!

In terms of hair type, this updo is great for anyone with wavy to straight, fine hair. I wanted to keep it simple and more natural, so I didn’t use any heat tools to create this look. Instead, I mostly used Shu Uemura’s Texture Wave mineral spray to help add fullness and grip to the hair. This made it easier to maneuver sections of the hair and give it that slightly untamed look.

My final bit of advice is to have fun with your creation. Everyone’s hair is different, so it’s very easy to modify this updo to your own unique style.

Elegant Update to a Classic

Elegant Update to a Classic hairstyle
Instagram @mybighairday

Q&A with style creator, Sarah Naslund
Stylist / Bridal Stylist / Updo Educator @ Escape Salon in Boston, MA


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as an elegant and updated version of a classic style. Starting with a clean bun, you can add any embellishments to personalize the look. My favorite part of this updo is the swirl across the back.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This style can be worn by anyone with any hair type. If you have thick or coarse hair, prep it with smoothing products like creams or serums. If you have thin or fine hair, prep it with texture products like dry shampoo or hairspray.

This style is also great if you like your hair to be away from your face. It pairs well with fun jewelry or playful makeup.

Effortless With an Edgy Twist

Q&A with style creator, Karla Hernandez
Student Styles @ Toni & Guy Academy in Scottsdale, AZ


How would you describe this look?

This is an effortless and elegant look with an edgy twist. My favorite thing about it is that it’s not your everyday updo.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For someone looking to mix it up for an event or a night out on the town, this look is something that can be achieved with little time to spare. All you really need are some curls, hairspray, and small hair ties to achieve this chic hairstyle.

Redefined With Texture

Redefined With Texture hairstyle
Instagram @michelleleep

Q&A with style creator, Michelle Patton
National Educator / Stylist @ Pureology / Michael Joseph Hair Studio in Shrewsbury, NJ


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

I would describe this look as a classic look that is redefined with texture. My favorite thing about it is how even in its simplicity, it looks incredibly intricate.

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

I recommend Pureology Serious Color Care. For this look, I used Root Lift from the roots through the ends and blew dry it in. I then layered Clean Volume Levitation Mist and continued until I felt that the hair had just enough grip to it for the twists to have the right amount of texture. We finished it off with Strengthening Control Hairspray.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look works best on hair that is a medium to coarser hair texture. To really accentuate the detail, hair with depth and dimension to it is ideal.

This look was done for a special event, but the techniques can also be a done a bit looser for a more laid back end result.

Timeless Low Textured Bun

Q&A with style creator, Michelle Boicheski
Hairdresser @ Making Faces Makeup Studio in South Coast, NSW


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

This low textured bun is a soft, classic look that will nover go out of style.

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

To recreate this look, you first need to prep the hair with a texture spray so the hair has hold. I like to use the White Sands Liquid Texture Spray and blow dry it into the hair. I then section the hair from ear to ear and tease the crown to get the height and softness. I also like to use a texture dust like Puff Me from Design.Me. It is easy to use in the pump bottle for hold.

Tie the hair in a low pony, twist the hair up, then pin. I like to use fringe pins with bobby pins for hold. I then finish this look with a center part and a smooth front, twisting the ends over the bun.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look works for most hair types. This was created on a girl with hair of medium thickness that fell just below her shoulder blades. If the hair is not as thick, padding can be used to thicken up the bun.

This look can be worn by those young and older. It is a classic look that can be altered to suit any occasion. For a prom, it can be left textured, or for a wedding can be smoothed over.

Elegant and Classy Updo

Elegant and Classy Updo hairstyle
Instagram @herhairbyj

Q&A with style creator, Jasmin
Freelance Hair Stylist @ Her Hair by J in Toronto, ON


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

I would describe this look as a classy updo with a touch of elegance that is perfect for any formal occasion.

I love the volume at the top. It makes all the difference in differentiating this look from a casual look to a formal one. It’s smooth, shiny and chic!

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

I have three tips to creating this look. Backcombing to get the volume is key, hairspray to keep the volume in tact is vital, and a quality curling iron or rod to create beautiful curls is necessary. I personally use Schwarzkopf Osis+ Strong Hold hairspray and a good hair primer before I start styling. I use Bumble and Bumble Invisible Oil Primer to protect hair from heat tools.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for any formal occasion such as a wedding, prom or engagement. This look works with most face shapes. If you don’t like it all pulled back, then leave a few strands out at the front to take some attention away from the face. You will need medium length or longer hair for this style to work.

Whimsical Updo

Q&A with style creator, Angelina Navarro
Stylist @ Shear Joy Salon in Clearwater, FL


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

I would describe this look as soft, elegant and whimsical. I love the gentle flow and how the contrasting colors add to the overall aesthetic.

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

To create this style, I curl-set her hair with a 1-inch curling iron, curling away from her face. To set the curls (and when pulling them down) I used Kenra #25 Hairspray to ensure hold and smoothness. After that, I gently backcombed in her crown section before pulling it all back to pin the curls into the desired shape.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This style can be worn on almost anyone as long as the hair is long enough to be pinned back. The bun size would vary, but it’s pretty universal otherwise.

This is a current take on a classic look that is suitable for formal events and holds up in any weather.

Prom Elegance

Be a stunner on your prom night with this elegantly textured updo. Curls, swirls, and some subtle crimping work together to create one glamorous hairstyle. Long hair is twisted up for a beautiful twist in the back, which gives the illusion of a faux bob in the front. Too fabulous!

Prom Updo Elegance Cute Crimped Look with Headband Prom Updo Elegance Cute Crimped Look with Headband Side View with Curls

How to Style: 

1. Curl your entire head of hair with a one-inch or a one and half inch curing iron.

2. Grab a few sections of hair on the top of your head and use a tiny crimping iron to add contrasting texture to the curls. If you don’t have a crimping iron, your can create three or four tiny braids and then smash them between your flat iron.

3. Gather you hair back into a low bun or a French twist. Pull hair back loosely and gently to keep that fun curly and crimped texture looking fabulous in the front.

Recommended Products:

Try Hot Tools Professional Crimper Styling Iron to create that fun zig-zag texture. You’ll get the results you want every time.

Best Face Shapes and Hair Types:

The super luscious curls help make this hairstyle great for all face shapes. Straight to curly hair can pull off this style and the thicker your hair is naturally, the better.

Tips:

This is one of those perfect hairstyles that you can wear up for most of the night, then take down later and have it still look amazing. So if you feel like letting your hair down on the dance floor – go for it!

Crimson Beauty

This unique cherry cola hairstyle is gorgeously special and different. The rich red color simply glows and the pops of pink and orange in the bun add even more interesting detail. The elements that really make this style so sweet, besides the bold color, are the long side sweeping bangs, the asymmetrically placed bun, and the horizontal twist in the back.

Crimson Beauty Pretty Bun Hairstyle Prom Updos Crimson Beauty Pretty Bun Hairstyle for Prom - Back View

How to Style:

1. Section out your bangs towards the front and also leave out a long piece to hang down for face-framing.

2. Flat iron the bangs forward and then use a large curling iron to just curl the ends of the rest of your hair. You don’t need to create bouncy curls from roots to ends, you just want to create soft waves on the ends for your bun.

3. Use a comb to section out a horizontal line from above one ear to the other. Grab the top section of hair and pull it to one side and create a ponytail and secure with an elastic above one of your ears.

4. Grab the bottom section of hair and lift it up past your horizontal line and twist the hair up and over into a ponytail right under your first one. 5. Intertwine the ponytails into a twisted, knotted, bun.

Recommended Products:

Use a finishing product to really secure your hot updo like Strong Hold Hairspray by Gold Silhouette. It’s great for fine, fragile hair, too.

Best Face Shapes and Hair Types:

Oval shaped faces or round shaped faces can pull this daring hairstyle off. Long, thick hair that is on the straight or wavy side is the best hair type for this look.

Tips:

When your hairstyle is too complicated for you to create on your own, call in your hair professional. It’s always a great idea to bring in photos that you like and it’s a huge plus if you can bring in photos of the front and the back.

Braided Bouffant

Throw it back to the retro days with this beehive inspired hairstyle. A teased crown is highlighted with a braided headband right over into a beautiful cascade of chocolate curls. It’s a great hairdo to try if you want your hair pulled back but still show off your length.

Braided Bouffant Beehive Prom Updo

How to Style:

1. Start with clean, dry hair and prep with a heat protection serum and then a misting of light hold hairspray or thermal spray for heat memory.

2. Curl your entire head of hair if you have straight or loose waves. If you have naturally curly hair, use your favorite curling products to enhance.

3. Start teasing the top crown of your head at the roots about two inches back from your forehead / hairline. Really build up the roots to create a cushion of hair. Keep moving back and taking sections to tease until you have reached the back curve of your head.

4. Gently smooth your hair back to soften your teasing and create a nice dome.

5. French braid the front two inches of your in front of the teasing from behind one ear to the other to create the beautiful braided crown.

6. Gather your curls into a side ponytail right above your ear and secure with and elastic band. (You can secure the ponytail lower if you wish but the photo shown has it positioned a little higher on the head.)

Recommended Products:

Protect your hair from heat and add shine simultaneously with Redken Glass serum. Just a small amount goes a long way, simply rub the serum in your palms then disperse through your hair, follow up with a brush or comb to make sure the product disperses evenly. Redken Spray Starch Heat Memory Styler is awesome to prep hair with before you curl. It helps lock in whatever shape you apply to your hair while protecting it from heat.

Best Face Shapes and Hair Types:

Round shaped faces would be best for this cute side ponytail hairstyle. Thick hair that is naturally curly is the best hair type for this look. If you have straight hair and don’t mind spending some time with your curling iron you can pull off this look, too.

Tips:

Buy a braided headband that matches your hair color so you don’t have to worry about braiding your own. There are so many places to find helpful faux hair pieces these days that if you simply plan ahead you’ll be ready to go when prom night comes.

Top Knot Sophistication

Take your prom hairdo to the next level, literally! This high reaching top-knot / twist is absolutely stunning and extremely unforgettable. A perfectly placed side part adds some asymmetry and interest to the overall look as well. The only thing you’ll have to worry about with this hairstyle is where to put the tiara when you win Prom Queen.

Top Knot Sophistication Top Knot Updo For Prom Top Knot Sophistication Top Knot Dark Glossy Look Profile View

How to Style:

1. Apply some smoothing products and blow-dry your hair as straight and frizz-free as you can. Flat iron to smooth after hair is completely dry if needed.

2. Section out a long side swept bang / layer to pin back later into your bun.

3. Gather the rest of your hair into an extremely high ponytail and secure with a strong elastic hair band.

4. Twist your ponytail into a tight bun and layer the twists on top of each other, securing with pins as you go to create a tall bun with lots of interest.

5. Pin back the long side bangs you sectioned out earlier and pin back and up to keep a fun face-framing effect and then secure your style with a strong hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

L’Oreal Elnett Satin Strong Hold Hairspray is the hairspray to the stars. Spray on liberally to really keep your look secure.

Best Face Shapes and Hair Types:

Round or oval shaped faces are the best candidates for this elevated hairstyle. Super long and super thick hair of any texture can rock a top knot. If you want your style to look exactly like the one shown that you must have naturally straight or slightly wavy hair to start with.

Tips:

Don’t skimp on your bobby pin usage. The last thing you want is your beautiful updo tumbling down while your dancing at your prom.

Wonderful Waterfall

What looks like a simple low chignon on one side is completely contrasted by a intricate double waterfall braid on the other. This awesomely imagined hairstyle is full of smooth and textured elements that really work together to create one amazing overall look.

Wonderful Waterfall Low Chignon Double Braid Prom Updo Wonderful Waterfall Low Chignon Prom Updo - Side View

How to Style:

1. Start with clean, dry hair, part your hair to the side and then flat iron bangs over to smooth. Really flick back the tips of your hair strands with the iron to create that swept back effect.

2. On the shallower side of your part, right above your temples, begin a waterfall braid towards the opposite side of you head and secure with pins.

3. Start another waterfall braid just under your last one, right at your temples, and repeat.

4. Gather all your hair that is left down into a low side ponytail and secure with an elastic band.

5. Twist your ponytail up into a bun. This particular hairstyle created a basic bun with a caged-like accessory placed over. You can opt for a different styled bun and go with a more messy look, chignon, or keep it in a ponytail. You decide.

Recommended Products:

Try Garnier Fructis Hairspray Flexible Control. It’s anti-humidity and long lasting. This awesome hairspray won’t break your bank either. Mist on hair before and after styling for easy manageability and hold.

Best Face Shapes and Hair Types:

Oval, circular, and square shaped faces would be able to pull off this hairstyle. Don’t forget to leave some soft pieces of hair out in the front to add some framing. Hair that is naturally straight to wavy that is super thick is ideal for achieving this hairstyle.

Tips:

Adding ribbons of colored highlights throughout your hair is a great way to break up a dark base color and give you style some pop. You don’t have to have a huge contrasting shade either. Subtle soft highlights that are a shade or two lighter than your natural color look most flattering and grow out easiest.

Fresh and Fun

This updo is a perfect choice for shoulder length hair. You don’t have to be Repunzal to pull this style off. The style itself is really simple but the impact is really beautiful. Adding some side or blunt bangs to your look will up the dramatic effect even more.

Fresh and Fun Curly Updo for Medium Length Hair

How to Style:

1. Use a small sized barrel curling iron to curl your entire head of hair. A one inch sized iron would work well. Take your time and curl small sections of hair to really create a consistent texture throughout.

2. Spray your hair with hairspray to strengthen the curl and the pull your hair up and back into a tight ponytail.

Recommended Products:

Use a light hairspray on your strands before and after you curl. Try Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray because it won’t make hair sticky or difficult to style. It will leave your hair with good heat memory and amazing shine.

Best Face Shapes and Hair Types:

Round shaped faces would be great for this angelic hairstyle. Naturally curly hair would be perfect to create this style. Of course since you are going to curl the hair with an iron you can also wear this style if you have straight or loose waves.

Updos are fabulous to offset with bold earrings or necklaces. Since your hair will be pulled up and off of your neck, the jewelry you choose will really shine. So really put some time into your accessory decisions.

Pretty in Pink

This super adorable updo is fresh and modern with a touch of 80’s glam. Even Molly Ringwald would appreciate this flirty copper hairstyle. Long side bangs are super sleek and soft and pinned to the side. The slightly messy high ponytail is the perfect base for a pile of supple curls. Keeping the look slightly teased and imperfect help make the hairstyle new and up to date.

Pretty in Pink Adorable Loose Curly Updo Pretty in Pink Adorable Loose Curly Updo Back View

How to Style:

1. Flat iron your bangs to the side to really make them smooth and shiny.

2. Curl the rest of your head of hair with medium sized curling iron.

3. Pull hair up into a high ponytail that is slightly off center and secure with an elastic band.

4. Gently pile your curls on top of your head and pin to secure.

Recommended Products:

The beauty of this hairstyle is how soft it looks. Don’t gunk it up or make it look sticky with too many products. Try Kérastase Oleo-Relax Mist on your strands before iron work to keep it hydrating, soft, and amazingly luminous.

Best Face Shapes and Hair Types:

Any shaped face can wear this 80’s pop inspired hairstyle. The long bangs help add balance to long foreheads. Medium to thick hair is ideal for updos and loose wavy hair is ideal for creating this look.

Tips:

If you’re a natural strawberry blonde, amp up the glow with a semi-permanent glaze or gloss on your hair to deepen the color and add intense shine. A good haircoloring service can take your hair from drab to fab.

Easy Breezy Twisted Updo

The simple process of twisting your hair up and clipping it in place creates a fun and flirty hairstyle. It’s loose and carefree, just like you!

Easy Breezy Twisted Prom Updo with Bangs

How To Style:

  1. Blow out hair with a large round brush (or medium if you want a little more curl to your hair).
  2. Flip hair upside-down and spray with volumizing hairspray. Shake it out until it dries, then flip back up.
  3. Use a flat iron on the lowest possible setting you can get away with for any extra smoothing you need in the bangs or other fringe.
  4. Use your fingers to comb hair back like you’re going to put it into a ponytail. Twist hair around and use your clip to secure it. If there are any pieces falling out because they’re too short or too fine, use bobby pins to sneak those hairs back in to the twist.
  5. Light hairspray is all you should need to complete this style.

Recommended Hair Products:

Volumizing mousse is a great product for a style like this. You get the volume you need without all the backcombing as well as the smoothness and hold. Try Paul Mitchell’s Extra Body Sculpting Foam.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round shaped faces would be best for this sweet hairstyle. Naturally straight to wavy hair would be easiest to transform into this particular look. Super thin, fine hair may not cut it so make sure you have medium to thick hair.

Tip:

It’s not hard to get this style, and it’s something you can do halfway through the night if you want to start with your hair all down. Bring a claw clip in your clutch and when you’ve had it with the hair getting in your face, toss it up!