Hairstyle Tips for Prom

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Putting together the ideal prom ensemble involves choosing many different pieces that have to gel to create your perfect look. Of course, you will usually start by choosing a prom dress that flatters your figure, sets off your eyes, and shows off all of your best features. Add accessories like shoes, earrings, a necklace and bracelet, earrings and a clutch to round out the ensemble. Throw in movie star-worthy makeup and you’re very nearly there.

All that is left is your prom hairstyle.

What factors are important when choosing a style for your prom ‘do?  Fashion experts have pondered this question time and again and have developed the following recommendations for choosing the perfect hairstyle for prom.

Hairstyle Basics

There are three basic hairstyles for prom: up-do, partial up-do and down. Up-dos can be sleek, consisting of a simple bun, or highly decorative with mounds and mounds of curls. Partial up-dos are a compromise between styles giving the flowing look of wearing your hair down without the aggravating struggle with hair flying everywhere when dancing. Finally, down-dos are exactly what they sound like – hair worn down without being secured by any clips or bands.

Consider the Neckline

One of the most important factors is the neckline of your prom dress. There are several common styles including:

  • Sweetheart
  • V-neck
  • Straight across
  • Semi-sweetheart
  • High-neck
  • Off-the-shoulder
  • Illusion
  • Halter
  • Asymmetric
  • Scoop
  • Square

Fancy and ornate necklines call for simple up-do’s that won’t compete with your dress for attention. Simpler necklines give you more latitude to draw attention with hair up or down, giant curls, angular sweeps and more.

Dress Length

You might not think that the length of your dress is important when choosing a hair style, but you would definitely be wrong. Think of the statement you’re trying to make with your dress. Long often means formal, calling for a traditional up-do, or perhaps sleek hair sculpted over your shoulder. Short is flirtier and often associated with more fun and risk. Choose a head full of curls, or let long hair flow wild and free, with an emphasis on volume.


Whether you wear your hair up or down, you can dress it up with any number of flashy accessories. Floral or jeweled clips offer color and sparkle. They can be used to secure braids and twists, or to hold cascades of curls in place. Headbands and tiaras add a particularly regal look fit for a princess. Jeweled bobby pins can be used as very delicate embellishments throughout hair worn up or down.

As a practical matter, a well-secured down-do is more resistant to wind, rain, dancing and general fun. Hair worn down might lose volume or shape if humidity rises or falls, or naturally after just a couple of hours of partying. If you plan to wear your hair down, invest in plenty of product and use it generously to keep your look fresh –looking all evening long.

Choosing a hair style for prom doesn’t need to be difficult. Simply take into account these ideas as well as the statement you’d like to make with your look and you’ll do great!

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