Stunning Prom Hairstyle Ideas for Short Hair

April 13, 2023
Jordan Julian
By: Jordan Julian | by L'Oréal
Person with orange makeup and butterfly locs smiling and looking down

One of the most exciting things about prom is choosing the look of your dreams, from your dress to your glam. Of course, your hairstyle is an essential part of that vision. When you think of prom hair, you may envision elaborate updos and cascading curls, but statement-making hairstyles are certainly not just reserved for those with longer lengths. If you’re rocking a short haircut, there is no shortage (pun intended) of ways for you to have fun with your hair on your special night. Ahead, we’ve rounded up some prom hairstyle inspo for short hair. From retro pin curls to elegant accessories, there’s something to go with every aesthetic. All that’s left for you to do is book the limo. 

Prom Hairstyles for Short Hair

Diagonal Braids

In this romantic style, diagonal braids crossing from the front of the head and around the back form a braid crown. The soft waves and face-framing tendrils complete the look. But before you go in with your curling wand, make sure your hair is prepped and healthy by using the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Bond Strengthening Pre-Shampoo Treatment

Pin Curls

We love a retro moment and these flapper-esque pin curls are a fun tribute to the roaring ’20s. Green highlights give the style a modern edge.

Butterfly Locs

Butterfly locs are a stunning protective style for natural hair that is perfect for prom night. This curly-looped style works beautifully in a bob length. 

A Headband or Tiara

Channel your inner goddess by topping off your prom ‘fit with a statement hair accessory, such as the gold leaf headband. Whether you have a lob or a pixie cut, you can try this look.

Half-Up, Half-Down

A half-up, half-down style is a classic for a reason. Simple yet stunning, this is a great way to pull your hair off of your face without committing to a full updo.  

Tousled Curls

Keep it simple with effortlessly pretty tousled curls or waves. This soft style would go with any dress. Control frizz throughout the night and protect your hair from heat damage by styling your curls with the Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine 10-in-1 Leave-In Spray

Face-Framing Highlights

What better time to experiment with your hair color than prom night? Contrasted with dark hair, these blonde, face-framing highlights make quite the statement.

An Embellished Barrette

Sweep your hair back into an embellished barrette for a quick and elegant prom hairstyle. Look for pearl or jewel-encrusted ones that match the details of your outfit.

Photo: @adannamadueke, Design: Juliana Campisi

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