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Top 10 Prom Hairstyle Ideas

How to Make Your Hair as Unique as You Are


Let's face it, prom is special and your hair is a primary focus after you've picked the perfect dress. The right hair can take your prom experience to a whole new level. Don't settle for hair that's less than amazing this year. Check out my top 10 prom hairstyle ideas that are sure to put just the right touch on your picture perfect evening. Click on the photos to see a the image larger.

1. Prom Worthy Pony Tails

Actress Reese Witherspoon
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Hot off the 2011 Oscar Red Carpet this big bold pony worn by Reese Witherspoon is a great way to show off your long hair. You may need some clip-in extensions to get the look just right, but it'll be worth it. The look is sleek, sophisticated, and young all at the same time. Consider more curls in your pony for an enhanced playful look.

More Prom Worthy Pony's

2. Side Swept Braids

Photo © Kendra Aarhus

Braids are big this spring, and incorporating a braid into a side updo is one of my favorite ways to turn an ordinary updo into something truly special. Check out these great braided side swept updos to inspire your prom look:

3. Updos with a Twist

Twisted Pony Updo
Photo © Olivia Smalley

Twists are another way to take an ordinary updo and make it unique enough to call it prom worthy. This twisted pony by Stylist Olivia Smalley is beautifully executed with soft curls.

More Ways to Add a Twist to Your Prom Style

4. Go Big or Go Home

Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Big bold hairstyles have a perfect home at prom. If you're looking for a look that's daring, dramatic, and will make an impact, a big updo is the way to go. Of course, you might want to use a little more smoothing serum than Sarah Jessica Parker did, but you get the general idea.

More Big Bold Hairspiration

5. Asymmetrical Inspiration

Photo © Kendra Aarhus

Asymmetrical styles, or side swept hairstyles are a pretty trend worth trying for prom. Take your look to the next level by adding a flower to your side swept look.

More Side Swept Styles to Inspire

6. Long & Romantic

Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Wearing your hair down or half-up for prom can give you a beautifully romantic look. Adding clip-in extensions to your style can be the secret to a perfect long hairstyle (and you can do it at home). These photos are some of my favorites and may be just what you're looking for when you want to wear your hair down:

7. Straight and Sleek

Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

A straight sleek look can be as bold as the biggest updo, especially if your dress is ultra complicated or your budget doesn't allow you to hire your hairstyle to be done. Amp it up with a shine spray and this is one look that you can do at home with a flat iron. Bangs can make the look even more bold.

Some of My Favorite Straight Sleek Styles

8. Go Retro

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Old Hollywood glam and pin-up-like styling is all the rage on the red carpet. This sleek style on January Jones is one of my absolute favorites. Are you daring enough for a look that your grandmother would have worn? Check out these modern, retro prom looks that will make everyone take notice:

9. Complete the Look with Accessories

Photo © Dawn Atkinson

Flowers and hair pins can take your prom look from ordinary to extraordinary. You can go big with a bright bold feather or flower that compliments your dress, or choose a simple sparkly pin to accentuate your style and give it just enough added glam.

Accessories that Make the Look Unique

10. Add a Pop of Color

Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Your everyday hairstyle or updo takes on a whole new possibility with a pop of color placed just right. You can add color by coloring your own hair, or adding colored extensions to accentuate your look.

See How Color Steals the Show

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