25 Hairstyles You Can Do at Home for Prom 2018

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25 Hairstyles You Can Do At Home For Prom 2018

07 May 2018
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Jelani Addams Rosa

Jelani Addams Rosa

Associate Editor, Hair.com

As an employee of L'Oréal, Jelani brings her knowledge and passion for hair care to Hair.com. Before joining the Hair.com team, she spent time at Celebuzz, Seventeen, and Cosmo for Latinas.

You’ve been planning your perfect prom since the first day of high school and now the big day is finally here. You’ve got the perfect date, outfit, shoes, and accessories—the only thing that’s missing is the perfect hairstyle.

Elaborate salon updos requiring thousands of bobby pins aren’t always the most cost effective, which means you’ll need to achieve prom hairstyles right in the comfort of your bedroom. We’ve rounded up 10 of the easiest and most stylish ‘dos that look flawless with any ensemble.

photo of fishtail braid easy prom hairstyle

Fishtail Braid

Gather your hair on the left or right side of your head and secure it in a loose ponytail at the base of the neck. Next, divide the ponytail into two equal sections. To create the fishtail effect, take a ½-inch section of hair from the outside of left ponytail and cross it over to the right ponytail. Repeat the process on the opposite side, taking a section from the outside of the right tail over to the left.  

Continue crossing the opposite sections of hair until you reach the end of the braid. Secure the style with an elastic or a small clear rubber band. Once the braid is secure, remove the elastic from the nape of the neck to give the braid a seamless look. For a final touch, pancake the braid to create a voluminous effect.

Old Hollywood Waves

Begin by giving yourself a deep part on the right or left side of your head. Then, start at the back of your head, working with 2-inch sections of clean, dry hair. Spray each one with heat protectant before wrapping it around a 1-inch curling iron. Hold or clamp each section of hair until just heated through (approximately 30-60 seconds, depending on your hair’s thickness).

Continue curling 2-inch sections of your hair until you’ve completed your entire head. Once you’ve finished curling your hair, use a brush out your curls until you achieve your desired S-curl. As a final touch, seal your look with a spritz of shine spray.

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Beach Waves

Start at the back of your head, working with 2-inch sections of clean, dry hair. Spray each one with a heat protectant before wrapping it around a curling wand. Hold each section of hair to the wand until just heated through. After you’ve released the curl, gently spray it with a light hold hairspray to ensure your style lasts all night long.

Continue curling 2-inch sections of hair until you’ve completed your entire head. After you’ve finished with your curling wand, rake your fingers through your hair to loosen up the curls. Finally, set the look with a medium hold hairspray.

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Loosely Curled Ponytail

Apply a medium hold styling pomade to your edges, brushing through until they lay completely flat. Gathering all your hair on the top of your head, secure a ponytail with a strong elastic in your desired placement. Working with 1-inch sections of your ponytail, spray each with a heat protectant before wrapping it around a curling wand. Hold each section of hair to the wand until just heated through. Continue curling 1-inch sections until you’ve finished your entire ponytail.

Gently backcomb the base of your ponytail for extra volume, raking your fingers through your hair to loosen up the curls. For a final touch, take a small section of hair from the base of your ponytail and wrap it around your elastic. Secure it with a bobby pin for an elegant finish.

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Space Buns

If you’re looking for a hairstyle that is just a little more out of the box, space buns are for you. Begin by parting your hair down the middle with a comb and securing each section with an elastic. Working on one bun at a time, remove the elastic and apply a medium hold pomade to your edges, front and back, and brush through. Then, gather your hair in the desired location of your bun and secure the pigtail with an elastic.

Backcomb or fluff the pigtail before wrapping it into a bun shape. Secure with bobby pins, then repeat steps on opposite side.

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Wrapped French Braids

Part the front half of your hair down the middle. Starting with one half of your hair, gather three sections near your hairline and create a basic French braid. Secure the braid with a clear elastic and repeat the steps on the other side of your hair.

Once you’ve braided both sides of your mane, pancake the braids to give them a more voluminous appearance. Wrap one braid over the other at the nape of your neck and secure them with a few bobby pins. Be sure to tuck the ends of the braids underneath the hair for a seamless look.

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Embellished Afro

Spruce up your regular wash and go style with sparkly accessories and major volume. For this simple but glamorous look, all you’ll need is a glittery headband. After you’ve washed and dried your curls, place the glittering headband on top of your mane near your hairline. Allow a few curly tendrils to escape your headband to frame your face.

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Tucked Behind Ears

This classic look will instantly make your casual waves look elegant. Begin at the back of your head, working with two inch sections of clean, dry hair. Spray each one with heat protectant before wrapping it around a 2-inch barrel curling iron. Hold or clamp the curl until it’s just heated through, curling your hair until you’ve completed your entire head. Once you’ve curled all your hair, brush your curls out until they are just slightly waved.

To complete the look, part your hair down the middle and spray it with a strong hold hairspray. Take two 1-inch sections on either side of your part, brushing them both smooth behind your ears. After you’ve tucked both pieces behind your ears, secure them underneath your hair with a clear elastic.

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Sleek and Straight

Begin at the back of your head, working with one 2-inch section of clean, dry hair at a time. Spray each section with a heat protectant, slowly passing over it with a flat iron followed by a comb. If necessary, do an additional pass with the flat iron to get your hair as sleek and straight as possible. Continue flat ironing until you’ve finished your entire head. Finally, apply a light shine serum for a glamorous finishing touch.

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Pineapple Updo

A pineapple updo will take you less than 10 minutes to create and look amazing all night long. This simple look only requires a medium hold styling pomade, a brush, a hair pick, and an elastic. Using the hair pick, comb your hair at the roots to create volume all over your head.

Once you’ve achieved your desired volume, apply a generous amount of the medium hold styling pomade all over your edges. Don’t forget to apply the pomade to the edges on the back of your head—it will be visible once your hair is up. Brush the pomade through your hair until your edges lie completely flat. Gather your curls at the top of your head near your hairline and secure them with an elastic. All done!

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Dramatic Ponytail

Begin by parting your hair down the middle from your hairline to the crown of your head. Apply a firm hold styling gel to your hairline and brush it through to ensure you won’t have any flyaways. Keeping your part intact, brush your hair down and into a ponytail at the nape of your neck. Attach 16-inch curly hair extensions to your ponytail for an over-the-top final look.

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Red Carpet Bun

Gather your hair at your crown and secure it with an elastic. Place a foam or fabric hair donut at the base of your ponytail and begin to wrap your hair around the donut, making sure it isn’t visible through your hair. If your hair is long enough, allow one section of hair to hang from the bun. If not, simply add a hair extension piece that matches your hair color. Use a 1-inch curling iron to curl the loose section loosely. Secure the bun with several bobby pins and set your look with a firm hold hairspray.

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Pull Through Ponytail

To start, gather the top half of your hair in a ponytail and secure it with a hair elastic. Then, create a second ponytail with the bottom half of your hair. Use a second hair elastic to create a “bubble" of hair several inches down the top ponytail. Next, pull the bottom ponytail through. Continue repeating these steps until you reach the end of the ponytail. Secure the finished ponytail with a clear hair elastic.

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Jumbo Crimp

Start at the back of your head, working with 2-inch sections of clean, dry hair. Spray each one with a heat protectant before clamping the base of the section with your flat iron. Once clamped, flip the flat iron down and hold it for 15 seconds. Then, move your flat iron down the section of hair, flip the flat iron up, and hold it. Continue twisting the flat iron up and down until you reach the bottom of the section. Once you’ve crimped your whole head, set your look with a flexible hold hairspray.

photo of half up fishtail braid easy prom hairstyle

Half Up Fishtail Braid

To begin, gather the top half of your hair in a ponytail and secure it with a clear hair elastic. Next, divide the tail into two equal ponytails. To create the fishtail effect, take a half-inch section of hair from the outside of left ponytail and cross to the right ponytail. Repeat the process on the opposite side, taking a section from the outside of the right ponytail over to the left.

As you make your way down the braid, incorporate loose strands of hair into your braid for a whimsical effect. Continue crossing over sections of the hair until you reach the end of the braid, securing it with an elastic. Once the braid is finished, remove the elastic from the braid for a seamless look. For a final touch, pancake the braid for a voluminous effect.

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Knotted Braid

For this look, you’ll want to begin with freshly blow-dried and detangled hair. Grab two small sections of hair from the opposite sides of your head and tie them in a knot. Continue knotting your hair until you reach the end of the braid. Secure the braid with a clear hair elastic and pancake it for a voluminous final look.

photo of twisted chignon easy prom hairstyle

Twisted Chignon

To begin, decide where to part your hair and divide it into two sections. Working with just one section, twist it near the hairline over the second. Be sure to keep your twist close to the scalp. Continue the twisting motion, gathering more hair until you reach the nape of your neck. Secure the style with bobby pins, pancaking it to give the twist more volume. Repeat the process on the other side. Once you've twisted both sides of your hair, gather the remaining hair in a low chignon.

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Flower Crown

Music festivals aren’t the only place you can totally slay a flower crown look. Embrace your inner boho goddess by pairing your dreamy prom gown with an equally marvelous flower crown.

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Double Chignon Buns

If you love the look of space buns but need a ‘do that’s a little more low key, double chignon buns are just the style for you. Begin by applying a medium hold styling gel to your hairline and brush it through your hair to ensure you won’t have any flyaways. Then, part your hair straight down the middle from your hairline to the nape of your neck. Use hair elastics to secure two ponytails near the nape of your neck.

Work with one ponytail at a time, crafting a three-strand braid and securing the end with a clear hair elastic. Repeat the same steps on the remaining ponytail. Work with one braid at a time and wrap the braid around itself to form a bun, securing the bun with several bobby pins. Repeat the same steps on the remaining braid.

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Double Dutch Braid Ponytails

To begin, part your hair straight down the middle from your hairline to the nape of your neck. Working with one section at a time, craft a Dutch braid on each. Once the braid reaches the nape of your neck, secure it with a clear elastic and allow the remainder of your hair to hang loose in a pigtail. Repeat the same steps with the other section. Once both braids have been crafted, pancake each braid for a voluminous final look.

photo of boho braid easy prom hairstyle

Boho Braid

To begin, give yourself a deep part on the right or left side of your head. Using the larger section of hair, begin to craft a Dutch braid at your hairline. Keep the braid close to your hairline as your bring the braid down and around your head over to your opposite shoulder. Continue braiding until you reach the end of your hair, securing the braid with a clear elastic. For a final touch, pancake your braid for a voluminous effect and place a few flowers throughout the style.

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Side Braid Embellished Blowout

This style is the perfect way to take your basic blowout from drab to fab. After you’ve blown out your hair, section off a 3-inch segment of hair on the left or right side of your head. Create three small cornrows with the sectioned. Secure the cornrows at the end of the segment and allow the rest of your hair to hang loose. Use hair glitter to finish your showstopping party ‘do.

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Bubble Ponytail

To begin, apply a medium hold styling pomade to your hairline and brush it through your hair to ensure you won’t have any flyaways. Then, brush your hair straight back and use a clear elastic to secure your hair in a ponytail at the nape of your neck. Work a dime-sized amount of texturizing paste throughout your ponytail and backcomb to create maximum volume.

Add another clear elastic several inches from the base of your ponytail. Continue fastening clear hair elastics in the same way until you run out of hair. To create the bubble effect, gently use your fingers to tug on the hair in between each elastic. Set your look with a medium hold hairspray.

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