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Prom Hairstyles: The Bob
A bob haircut worn straight will suit a prom dress that's quite detailed or "noisy", where you would need a simple hairstyle so as not to take away from the dress. A dress that is on the plain side will look better with a bob that has some curl or volume added to it. (For more information about your prom dress's "mood" see our article: Prom Hairstyles: Hair and Dress Tips.) Here are some gorgeous ways to style a bob for your big night out.
Ladies with curly bobs will look stunning in Amirah Vann's upswept hairstyle as seen here. Show your curly hair off and create a glamorous up-do by pinning the hair near the crown, allowing the hair the cascade forward.
To jazz up a shoulder length bob, use a large curling iron to create these polished beach waves in your 'do. This look is young, fun and not too uptight, thanks to the random sections that are curled on top while the bottom layers remain straight.
Mermaid Waves and a Bold Color
For the edgy girl, adding mermaid waves a bright and bold color like this lavender and pink combo can really transform a bob from boring to bodacious. Your stylist will advise if this is possible on your hair type and color.
Graduated Bob with a Hint of Color
A bob that lifts up in the back (also known as a graduated bob) looks elegant in formal situations and shows off the neck and back beautifully. For a fun addition, add a bold streak of color in the front to match your dress.
Prom Hairstyles: Plaits
Feel like something a little bit different, maybe a slightly boho or hippie hairstyle? Try this particular style. Plaits aren't just trendy and fashionable, they can act as a headband that keeps your hair out of your face. This prom hairstyle will dress up an otherwise simple look and make placing a flower or tiara in the hair easier.
You'll look and feel like royalty with a crown braid with side swept bangs like Matilda Lutz on your prom night. This 'do is ideal for ladies with long or thick hair that fancy a medieval look. Add flowers or jewels for extra effect.
Box Braids for African Hair
If you have African hair and enjoy wearing box braids, prom is the ideal occasion to glam them up with beads, bright and bold colors, flowers or jewels, depending on what suits your prom dress. Gabrielle Union adorns her box braids with silver accessories for a beautiful finish.
Medium to long hair looks lovely in two boho braids, as seen here on Katherine McNamara. This is a stunning way to wear your hair long and loose, with a stylish semi up-do effect thanks to a loose braid on either side.
For a sassy way to wear french braids, copy Chrissy Teigen's twisted braided up-do. Her side-swept fringe is left out in the front while the rest of her hair is french braided, twisted and pinned at the back.
Prom Hairstyles: Vintage
Going for a classic, old Hollywood vibe? Choose a vintage-inspired hairstyle to match your gown for an ultra glamorous look. These hairstyles will suit sophisticated gowns and retro dresses nicely.
You can create these soft vintage waves by using the heat-free method of wrapping sections of hair around strips of cloth, tying them up and letting them dry. Brush them out once dry for a soft, silky feel like our model here.
Prom Hairstyles: Buns
A sleek topknot is the perfect hairstyle to compliment a bold or daring dress and show off your face. Nicole Scherzinger's topknot is twisted and pinned with some pokey ends sticking out for a fashion-forward finish.
Bun with Bangs
Do a Rihanna and pair a high bun with a blunt fringe for a head-turning look. This hairstyle is ideal when paired with an elegant gown and dramatic makeup to match.
Those are just a few ideas for gorgeous prom hairstyles. You can try on thousands more at thehairstyler.com!
Doing your own hair for prom? These tutorials can help: