So, you’ve found the perfect dress. Now it’s time to turn your attention to the second most important decision, your hair. When it comes to prom, it’s only natural to want every detail to be perfect. As such, choosing the right hairstyle is a major deal. To make matters a little more complicated, if you have long hair, there are countless options from which to choose. Luckily, we can help you find the perfect ponytail, bun, braid, or loose look for you. Here are the best prom hairstyles for long hair that will impress anyone.
1. Side Ponytail
A side ponytail may be simple, but it can also be seriously romantic and chic, particularly on long locks. To achieve the look, start by creating a deep side part on one side of your head. Then, sweep your hair into a low ponytail on the other side and secure with an elastic. Finally, conceal the elastic with by wrapping it in a strip of hair.
2. High Bun with Braid
Creating a high bun with a wrap-around braid may take a little practice, but once you nail it, you’ll love its look. Alternatively, have a hairdresser recreate the style for you, but remember to ask for it to be kept loose a little messy.
3. Messy Bun
If you plan on wearing a statement makeup look to your prom, consider a simple hairstyle to balance your look. A messy bun is one such style and can appear seriously glamorous when paired with a smoky eye or bold lip.
4. Twists and Braid
A messy ponytail braid is great for prom but adding a unique twist will make the look perfect. So, if you’re after a statement hairstyle for the special night, consider the combination of twists and a loose plait. Not only does it look stylish, but it’s also easy to create.
5. Low Ponytail
A low ponytail can make a surprisingly good prom hairstyle for anyone with long locks. To make the look a little more exciting, opt for sleek, straight strands on top and a full and waved pony.
6. Topknot with Mini Braid
Make your usual topknot a prom-ready hairstyle with the addition of cute and chic mini braid. The fashion-forward look is perfect for achieving a special style and standing out from the crowd. Additionally, it’ll keep your long hair out of your face while you hit up the dance floor.
7. Pinned Curls
If you have natural curls, prom is the perfect time to pin them up and show them off. To achieve a gorgeous pinned style, split your hair horizontally into three sections at the back of your head. Pull back the sides and secure each section with an elastic, pushing the top forward to create volume. Then, finish by pinning up your curls to hide the elastics.
8. Cornrow Braids with Ponytail
If you have naturally thick and curly hair, cornrow braids with a ponytail can make an excellent option for prom. To achieve the style, create a deep side part and French braid your hair across the top, pulling pieces from underneath throughout the process. Once the braids reach behind your ear, stop and secure the rest of your hair into a ponytail.
9. Waterfall Braids
Waterfall braids project seriously killer prom vibes. The style, which works best on loosely curled or waved locks, can be created by allowing top pieces to fall loose as you gather them into your braid.
10. Retro Curls
Are you wearing a vintage dress to prom? Why not partner it with gorgeous retro curls? The trick to pulling off this stunning style is to pin back the sides and pin up a few loose curls on top of your head.
11. Teased Updo
Teasing your hair by backcombing it at the roots before gently pinning it into an updo will add exceptional volume. It’ll also inject a beautiful ethereal appearance into your prom look.
12. Simple Half Bun
Not all prom hairstyles have to be intricate to be stunning. A simple half bun can appear amazingly stylish when worn with long hair. just remember to keep the look relaxed for a romantic appearance.
13. Messy Braid
A messy, thick and twisted French braid is a lovely hairstyle for special occasions. Not only does it have an entirely charming appearance, but it will also show off your dress, makeup, and jewellery perfectly.
14. Curled Half-Up Style
Whether your curls are natural or created with the help of a wand, wearing them in a half-up style can be an excellent choice for prom. Not only will the style display your lusciously long locks, but it’ll also show off your face.
15. Pinned Back Side
Beachy waves paired with a pinned back side create a seriously killer prom hairstyle. To up the glam factor on the look, choose a decorative pin or clip to hold back your hair. Whether it’s feathered or jewelled, a statement pin will seriously amp up this chic style.
16. Stacked Mini Buns
Stacked mini buns are a playful way to create a half-up hairstyle. To achieve the look, start by dividing your hair horizontally into two halves. Then, split the top half horizontally into three ponytails. Finish by twisting each pony and coiling them into buns before securing with pins or elastics.
17. Dutch Braid Bun
Prom is an excellent time to try out new and exciting hairstyles. Rock up to the dance with a Dutch braid and bun for example, and you’re sure to make others jealous with your unique look.
18. Wrapped Ponytail
Adding an easy twist to a regular ponytail will help take it from standard to stunning. For a look that you’re bound to love, try leaving the side sections of your hair loose and wrapping them lightly around the base of your pony once it’s secured.
19. Ethereal Updo with Headband
When partnered with a gorgeous headband, a relaxed updo can instantly change from messy to mesmerising. A metal design that appears like a piece of jewellery will do the job perfectly for prom.
20. Simple Side-Part
Not into fussy updo hairstyles? Consider opting for a loose look instead. A simple side-part can quickly inject all the elegance you need into long, straight locks for the night.
21. Messy Bun with Double Headband
Adding a double headband to a messy bun can create a gorgeous and chic look. Just remember to pull the hair in between the two sections to achieve extra volume and style.
22. Braided Half-Up Style
A braided half-up hairstyle is fun, flirty, and fashionable. Rock the look for your special night if you’re after a style that offers a modern take on glamour.
23. Curled Updo
You can create an excellent curled updo by curling your hair with a wand and allowing it to set in rollers. Then, gently pin up pieces along the sides of your head and at the nape of your neck. Finally, secure with hairspray to ensure your style has staying power.
24. Crown Braid
You don’t need to be named queen to rock a crown to your prom. All you need is a little practice with braids, and you’ll soon have a hairstyle fit for a royal.
25. Glamour Waves
Your prom may not have a red carpet, but that doesn’t mean your hair shouldn’t look worthy of one. As such, glamour waves are an excellent choice and will inject a chic Hollywood style into your look.
26. Naturally Textured Updo
If you have naturally curly hair, make the most of it for your prom. An excellent way to do so is by showing off your natural texture with a stylishly relaxed, high updo.
27. Straight and Sleek
Wearing you long hair sleek and straight is sure to turn heads, especially if it’s full of volume and shine. You can also add a sharp middle part to make the style even more eye-catching and bold.
28. High Rope Braid
If you’re in need of a fierce hairstyle to match your killer dress, you need not look further than a high ponytail with a rope braid. The fabulous look with earn you serious style points and is almost effortless to achieve.
29. Mini Buns
Not all prom hairstyles have to be whimsical and enchanting. If you prefer a look that’s a little more modern and exciting, why not try mini buns instead of a standard updo?
30. Decorative Topknot
Accessorising your hairstyle with headbands, clips, and pins is a great way to create a statement look. As these elements add all the decoration you need, you can save time and effort by opting for a simple style, such as a topknot.