April 23, 2015 Angela Melero Hair

The Coolest Prom Hairstyles to Rock This Year

As much as we can appreciate the time-honored tradition of crowning a prom queen every year, we don’t think the girl wearing the tiara should be the only one getting all the glory. We think the spotlight should be shared by those making a different type of statement, a statement that involves another crowning glory: your hair. We want to help you steal a little bit of prom thunder by looking like a chic, über-cool prom goddess, starting with your ’do. Check out these four hairstyles that will make you the envy of every gal at prom. Who cares if you weren’t the one to get the crown?

cool prom hairstyles

High Pony

While a classic chignon or top knot has been the go-to prom hairstyle for decades, we’d like to encourage you to give the bun a break … kind of. Instead of a bun, go for a high, bouncy pony, to give your prom look a fresh, peppy edge. High ponies have been all the rage on the red carpet and runways lately, and they are ideal for pairing with a low-back dress or any ensemble with cool detailing that should be shown and admired. For extra length and bounce, try our double-up ponytail trick that is sure to keep your pony high and mighty all night long.

RELATED: Ponytail Tutorial

Slicked-Back Hair

If you’re a daring girl who gravitates toward edgy hairstyles, this sleek look is SO for you. Revived by the likes of Kendall Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Rita Ora and Gigi Hadid, the slicked-back “wet hair” look is making waves. Not only is this look on trend, but it’s also super-easy to put together! All you need is a little hair gel and setting spray and you’ll be ready to rock and roll. (For a gel with some flexible hold, try L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Clean Gel.) Not sold yet? Check out this easy slicked-back hair tutorial and you’ll be a believer!

Messy Braid

If you’re gravitating toward boho-inspired prom style, make sure to complete the look with a lusciously messy braid. Although a messy braid may not strike you as a formal nighttime ’do, let us assure you, it is! When done right, a messy side braid can give you a princess-like look that is ideal for a special night like prom. Check out this messy braid tutorial to create a stunning look that will turn heads all night long. Word of advice? Apply some texturizing spray or powder (we love Shu Uemura Texture Wave) to your roots to give your braid extra fullness and body.

Fully-Done Half-Updo

Big, beauty queen hair will always hold a special place in our hearts and will always have a place at prom. Give it a new twist by rocking a fully-done half-updo. FInd out how to get this big and beautiful look here. Add a little bow or hair clip for some extra pizazz! And, don’t forget to spray the look with flexible-hold hairspray before walking out the door to make sure it stays put.

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