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Prom hairstyles for every hair length and type

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Ball season is approaching and you probably already know which dress you'll be gliding across the dance floor in like a princess. But have you thought about your ball hairstyle yet? A trip to the hairdresser is not always necessary for a successful ball hairstyle. We'll show you prom hairstyles that you can do yourself at home. It doesn't matter whether you're looking for prom hairstyles for long hair or prom hairstyles for short hair or even updo prom hairstyles that are very en vogue at the moment.

Which hairstyles are suitable for a prom hairstyle?

Basically, a prom hairstyle should look elegant and festive, but still be comfortable and last the whole evening. Complicated hairstyles for prom, such as those worn 30 or 40 years ago, are no longer in fashion. Instead, the trend is towards hairstyles that radiate a special elegance through their simplicity. Nevertheless, there are a variety of hairstyles that can be considered as prom hairstyles.

Classic updos, for example, are always cute prom hairstyles, as are romantic curls or glamorous braided hairstyles. Half-up hairstyles or side-swept hairstyles can also look very elegant.

1. Prom hairstyles for long hair: undone banana

Prom hairstyles for long hair: undone banana

  • You will need bobby pins, hair clips and hairspray.

  • Suitable for: long hair. Not suitable for: Layered hair

  • This hairstyle is easiest to style if the hair has already been washed the day before.

  • The hair texture is more manageable and not so smooth and slippery.

  • Leave out the fringes of the forehead and a few strands of hair that frame the face.

  • Brush the hair at the back of the head to one side and secure with a hairpin at the top and bottom. The lower hairpin opens upwards, while the upper hairpin is open at the bottom. This is the best way to hold the hairstyle.

  • Gather the loose ends of the hair together like a ponytail and twist until a small roll forms parallel to the back of the head, which is open at the top.

  • Insert bobby pins into the sides of the hair roll until it holds in place.

  • Style light waves into the loose strands and secure the hairstyle with hairspray.

2. Easy prom hairstyles for long hair: The Sleek Ponytail ball hairstyle

You will need hair gel, a wide-tooth comb, heat protection spray, a hair elastic and a straightening iron.

  • Suitable for: thick and straight hair. Not suitable for: Brow fringes, haircuts with layers and curls.

  • Treat the hair with heat protection spray and then straighten.

  • Apply a generous amount of gel and style the hair sleekly backwards with a wide-tooth comb until all the strands lie smoothly on the head.

  • Tie a ponytail high up at the back of the head.

  • Separate a thin strand at the bottom of the ponytail with the root comb and wrap it around the hair tie until it is completely covered. Secure the end of the strand with a bobby pin at the bottom of the hair tie.

  • Tip: For a high-gloss finish, finish the styling with a shine spray.

3. Medium length prom hairstyles: Trendy updo with 90s vibes

You will need a hair tie, a curling iron or straightener, a wide-tooth comb and hairspray.

  • Suitable for: Brow fringes, haircuts with layers, curls and thick or fine hair. Not suitable for: long, straight haircuts without layers.

  • Create a center parting.

  • Apply heat protection and style gentle beach waves into the hair.

  • Use a wide-tooth comb to separate approximately 3 cm wide sections of hair on the right and left from the crown.

  • Tie the rest of the hair into a ponytail high up at the back of the head.

  • Twist the ponytail and style into a messy bun using bobby pins.

  • The styling lasts all night with hairspray.

4. Simple prom hairstyles for shorter hair: twisted chignon in a boho style

Simple prom hairstyles for shorter hair: twisted chignon in a boho style

You will need a clear silicone hair elastic, a wide-tooth comb, a curling iron or straightener, hairspray, heat spray and bobby pins, preferably in your hair color.

  • Suitable for: Forehead fringes, curls, haircuts with layers and fine hair. Not suitable for: very long, thick hair.

  • Spray the hair with heat spray and style light waves.

  • Twist the strands of hair to the right and left of the face slightly inwards and secure with a flexible spray.

  • Gather all the hair at the nape of the neck into a ponytail, strengthen with a volumizing and strengthening powder and secure with a hair tie.

  • Make a parting directly above the hair tie with a wide-tooth comb and pull the ponytail through from the bottom to the top.

  • Twist the hair up and secure into a bun with bobby pins on the hair tie. Tip: Spray the bobby pins with hairspray. They hold better this way.

  • Let a few strands frame the face. Hairspray provides hold.

5. Pixie cut: prom hairstyle for short hair

The pixie cut is another prom hairstyle for short hair - a short cut for eternity that still exudes elegance and glamor on ball nights. Although the hair is cut very short, the haircut looks feminine thanks to its soft layers. Styling is very simple: leave to air dry or briefly blow dry. A little styling gel or hair wax adds structure. Make-up can be striking with a pixie cut, for example, to highlight the lips or eyes.

Classic bun - hairstyles for prom for black hair

Classic bun - hairstyles for prom for black hair

This is the evergreen among updos and yet so versatile. The classic bun can be styled in different ways and it fits perfectly if you have black hair. The hairstyle works best if you have washed your hair 1 to 2 days beforehand. For a voluminous and elegant bun with a bun cushion, proceed as follows:

  • Spray your roots with a dry shampoo. This will give your hair grip and make it easier to style. Small baby hairs on the contour can be tamed with a little hair powder.

  • Comb the hair back and create a ponytail in the desired place.

  • Place the hair donut around the hair tie on the ponytail. Now, wrap the hair either a little looser or sleeker around the donut. Then secure with bobby pins. Alternatively, you can make the bun without a bun cushion or donut. To do this, tease the plait a little. This makes it easier to twirl the hair and secure it with a hair tie and bobby pins.

  • For the finishing touches, you can use some shine spray for an extra dose of glamor. Use hairspray to ensure sufficient hold. If you want to add extra sparkle to your updo, work in hair accessories. We recommend pearls or subtle flowers.

  • We wish you a memorable and amazing prom night with our prom hair-do suggestions!

The bottom line

In preparation for the upcoming ball season, consider these DIY prom hairstyles for various hair lengths and textures. Ditching the need for a professional, we focus on chic and comfortable styles. From classic updos to trendy 90s vibes, find the perfect look for your long, medium, or short hair. Explore the undone banana, sleek ponytail, trendy updo, twisted chignon, and even a pixie cut. These elegant yet straightforward styles ensure you shine throughout the night, blending simplicity with special elegance.

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