Picking the perfect prom hairstyle is key to nailing the look. The best way to find your favourite hair 'do is to click through these red carpet styles and pick it from the pros.
Prom hairstyles are chic and elegant. They must combine all of the glamour of your dress with all of the sophistication of the evening ahead, which is we’re endlessly searching for the perfect style.
For those who want to try something totally new, there are original prom hairstyles like Selena Gomez’s plaited ponytail and Vanessa Hudgen’s ethereal halo braid, both of which are likely to require a stylist for your glamorous night. Then there are the simpler prom hairstyles that top off your outfit without detracting from the dress. A few simple pins here and there and viola! A prom hairstyle with all of the elegance but none of the fuss.
Finally, take Sienna Miller’s accessorised up-do using an ornate headband. She’s kept the style simple in a high bun but chosen to wear her sparkle in her hair with no jewellery. Clean, pretty and perfect for prom.
Queen of the curls, Leighton Meester shows us how to perfect the ultimate curly up-do. Leaving some loose strands to frame her face, Leighton’s style isn’t so fixed that it needs hairspray, this prom hairstyle was made to look undone.
Capturing that bohemian look perfectly, Nicky Hilton’s centre parting twists create a halo overlay for her glorious golden locks. Instead of plaiting, this simple look is achieved by twisting the strands tightly away from the face and pinning securely towards the back of the head.
This red carpet look is both classy and charming. Her stylist has used rollers to tightly curl the lengths and pinned it close to her head to create a short-look prom hairstyle. The look is finished with hairspray to ensure there isn’t a strand out of place.
Keeping all of the style of her day fiery fade day look, Nicola has pinned her hair into a half up ‘do. To add a touch of glitz, Nicola’s used a statement hair piece on one side of the style to keep the prom hairstyle fixed but also dress up the look for the night time.
Whether you’re styling a pixie crop or sleeking your hair into a tight, low ponytail this wet look catwalk-worthy hairstyle is suitable for any hair length. Part the hair far on one side and use an ample amount of hair product to tease the strands into a shared direction.
If you have a dip-dye hairstyle, this look is the one for you! You can see where Vanessa has pulled her halo braid from – the lighter tone in her braid indicate that she’s plaited the hair right down to the tips and simply wrapped it around the front of her hairline with ease. Simples.
Who says you need to overhaul your look for prom? This simple style looks great on Zosia Mamet as she lets her wavy locks do all the talking, topping off the look for a side side pin for a final girlie touch.
For maximum red carpet worthy hair, try a style that sits on one shoulder. It’s a classic look that creates optimum shine. On Reese’s style, she’s created big curls just below the ear to frame her face and let them sweep over one shoulder for the thick, lustrous look.
A simple side plait is a suitably sweet style for any prom. This style works better in longer hair because, like Bella here, you can curl the tips for the finishing touch. Bella wears it loose with some free hanging strands for a more relaxed prom hairstyle.
Hollyoaks actress Scarlett has created a sought-after style with her shiny golden locks. Your hair does not need to be long to recreate this style, curl the hair first then simply scrape back from the front of the hair down to one side and pin the strands at a low level to keep all of the length of your cut.
For a straighter prom hairstyle, leave the lengths natural with your original parting. Take them up in two hands to the back of the head and into a bun where you can fan out the tips. If, like Jennifer, you wear a grown out fringe, the front strands emphasise your well-defined parting so pull them down and make a them a feature of the style.
The old faithful top knot has become out go-to day and nightime style. For a prom hairstyle with ultimate glamour roll the tips into an oversized doughnut ring on the top of the head and ensure that al of the strands are perfectly slicked into the style with no flyaways.
If you want to create a real feature with your prom hairstyle, give this Selena Gomez look a go. She’s firstly created an impactful quiff to get some height on the style and elongated her hair. Next, french plait it down the lengths to the ears and finally twist it over one shoulder it a sophisticated fishtail plait.