7 Easy Prom Hairstyles You Can Create At Home

young woman with long curly brown hair, wearing a sequin prom dress and standing in front of doors

by Sarah Joan Ross

Prom doesn't have to cost a fortune, especially when it comes to your hair. From low buns to updos, we've put together some of the best easy hairstyles you can create at home, to inspire your look and help you look your best on your big night.

As always, the first step is to make sure your hair is cleansed and conditioned. This creates a tangle-free base and it’s the starting point for all great styles. For a lovely pre-party pamper, apply a mask designed for your hair type (we love the handy Miracle Drops) to nourish and repair any frayed ends and add a red-carpet-worthy shine. 

Short prom hair

1. Half up, half down hair


If you’re looking for prom hairstyles for short hair, the classic half up half down has you covered. One of the most easy to do hairstyles for a party or formal, this look works with short bobs or long flowing locks and keeps it from getting into your face. 

Add a volumising mousse to give your hair some body and movement before roughly blow-drying. Then simply pull hair into a half ponytail, spray a little Volume Lift Hairspray into roots and massage in for volume. For a short bob updo, you might need a smaller pony for a more balanced look.

Twist your hair into a bun and secure with your elastic. Fix with hairpins to create your desired shape, control flyaways and keep it stable. Gently tease and backcomb the loose hair to give it a messy, sexy and voluminous edge.

2. Low Bun


If you’re short on getting-ready time, then a bun is a super quick and easy option. You don’t even need to wash it beforehand, as second-day hair can give it more leverage. The low bun as an easy prom hairstyle works especially well for short hair.
For a flawless controlled look, slick back your hair with an oil elixir and fix with hairspray. Then simply secure with an elastic band. Pull out strands to frame the face as desired, or secure with clips.

Mid-length hairstyles for prom
3. Messy Updo
A messy updo is an easy hairstyle for mid-length hair and a great way to add a party-casual to your formal look. A messy bun can be achieved by securing hair roughly into a high pony and gently backcombing sections before wrapping them around the elastic. As with the low bun, pull out strands to frame the face and loosen the overall look. Finish with a squirt of our volumising Forever Full Hairspray

4. Curly prom hair

For mid length curly hairstyles, volume is key. If you have naturally curly hair, check out our range of Frizz Ease products to keep your hair nourished, conditioned, and frizz-free. For an easy curly hairstyle without using heat, simply plait your hair before bed and sleep in the braids. Take them out in the morning and spritz with holding spray for natural-looking curly locks.

To create the perfect curls, there are a few techniques to try. First, spritz our volumising spray through wet hair: it will help to give root lift and longevity to your style, then blow dry with your head upside down for extra body at the crown. Once dry, take a large barrel tong and wrap random sections of hair round the curling iron for up to five seconds. You don't need to twist your hair in the same direction for each strand, as you want this look to be natural and not too uniform. 

Spritz each curl with our Moisture Barrier Flexible Hold Hairspray before curling for long-lasting and frizz-free style. When your hair is cooled, gently shake each section to open the curl gently. 

Prom hairstyles for long hair

5. Prom ponytails

Simple as it sounds, a high ponytail updo can be a really chic way to keep long hair neat and tidy while also showing off the neckline of your dress. There are a few necessary steps that take this from easy gym staple to a mega-watt style. 

First, prep hair with a heat protection spray. After blow-drying, lift sections of the hair and spray some volumising hairspray directly into roots. This gives the pony some substance. Secure with a band of your choice, then run the straighteners through the tail for a sleek, polished ready-for-prom finish.

6. Straight prom hair


Pulling off straight hair is super easy, however locks need to be in excellent condition first. So don’t skimp on a trim or underestimate the power of a decent hair treatment. If you suffer from any kind of frizz, a serum is a must-have. Try our award-winning Frizz Ease Original Serum to create a barrier against humidity, tame flyaways and provide heat protection before styling! 

For tips on how to blow dry hair straight, use the nozzle and keep the dryer facing the floor, so you don’t ruffle your cuticles. Then, take a fine-tooth comb to a section of the hair and run it through, closely followed by your straighteners. If you have any outstanding flyaways, spritz a light hold hair spray onto a baby toothbrush to smooth the way. All that’s left to do is spritz a little glossing mist on the lengths and ends for a hair-ad worthy shine.  

7. Plaited hair for prom


The prettiest of plaits is the fishtail, a cute easy hairstyle created with only two sections of hair. It may look tricky, but it's actually easier to create than a traditional French braid, and a great way to keep long hair under control. If you’re prone to battling frizzy hair, try adding a smoothing crème into  your routine.
Make a pony, then divide your hair into two sections. Take a small section of hair from the back of the left-hand section of hair and pull it over the top to join the right-hand section of your hair. Then, take a small section of hair from the back of the right-hand section and pull it over the top to join the left-hand section of your hair. When you get to the end, secure with a snag-free invisible elastic.
For a little messiness, gently tease the plait with your fingers, tugging at small sections and releasing a few strands to frame the face.
For more braid ideas and easy plait hairstyles, check out our favourite braided hairstyles

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