When you think about how you want to wear your hair for a special occasion like prom, the biggest objective is to avoid the barrel-curled crunchy-with-hairspray effect that plagues so many #TBTs. Usually, the perfect hairstyle — one you'll still love scrolling through the Facebook photos weeks later — is just a leveled-up version of your usual go-to, with a little extra attention for good measure.
A loose and messy braid, pulled forward over one shoulder, looks effortless and polished at the same.
If you have super-long hair
, the styling options are seemingly endless. If you're stuck, we recommend adding few chunky barrettes
— and getting a back-facing shot at golden hour.
Go smooth with a glossy updo, purposefully pulling out your face-framing strands for dimension.
Laura Harrier's sleek, side-swept braid is already hair goals, but it's her edges — styled in glossy swirls and swoops along her hairline — that make the style extra special.
The undone braid plus a floral dress is romantic
The on-trend prom-goer knows that sparkly statement hair pins
are all the rage this spring — and they just happen to level up any outfit.
A wide satin headband
gives a loose updo a little extra pizazz.
According to celebrity stylist Laura Polko, the low bun is timelessly chic
. “The goal of the low bun is to make it look almost effortless," she tells us. "The trick is to make a low ponytail and circle the ends, securing them in place with an elastic or bobby pins."
A rhinestone-encrusted updo sounds a lot blingier than it looks — in reality, it's a dainty sprinkle of sparkle.
If you want an updo that doesn't entail putting all
your hair up, pull it into a deep side part and ladder a few glittery bobby pins
down one side.