22 Perfectly Gorgeous Down Hairstyles for Prom

22 Perfectly Gorgeous Down Hairstyles for Prom

Half Up and Simple

A smooth fringe rolled into a half updo creates a great face frame with loose curls at the ends. This is a great option if you want to wear your hair down, but have it out of your face as well!

Half Up and Simple Wavy Blonde Style Side View
Half Up and Simple Wavy Blonde Style Side View

How to Style: 

Work styling cream through towel dried hair.Part hair to one side.Use fingers to tousle hair as you dry then finish with a medium paddle brush to smooth as you blow dry completely.Use a ¾ or 1-inch barrel curling iron to add curls through the mid-lengths and ends.Twist one section on each side of your part back to just above and behind each ear and secure with a bobby pin.Finish with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try OSiS Buff for blow dried hair with airy swinging body and bounce.

Best Face Shapes:

oval, heart, long, diamond

Bashful Brunette

Demure natural brunette curls arranged into an asymmetric hairstyle with sun kissed highlights will look dazzling with a strapless or one-shoulder gown.

Bashful Brunette Long Down Hairstyle for Prom
Bashful Brunette Long Down Hairstyle for Prom View 2

How to Style: 

Work volumizing mousse through towel dried hair.Use a paddle brush to wrap hair over to one side as you blow dry completely. Lift hair in the top and front as you dry to create extra volume in these areas.Add curls from the mid-length to ends with a 1-1/4 inch barrel iron. Spray each section with a heat setting spray before curling.Carefully separate curls.Back comb hair in the top and front to add extra volume. Gently smooth hair from your hairline towards the back to hide the back combing.Use a few bobby pins to secure hair to one side. Use bobby pins that match your hair color so they won’t be seen.Finish with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Plus is a spray mousse that volumizes by pumping up the roots of your hair.

Best Face Shapes:

oval, diamond, long, heart

Caramelita

This caramel ombre’ hue is perfect for accenting the soft curls in this romantic down hairstyle!

Carmelita Long Beautiful Down Hairstyles For Prom with Highlights
Carmelita Long Beautiful Down Hairstyles For Prom with Highlights

How to Style: 

Part dry hair in the middle.Use a large curling iron to add volume and bend through the top sections.Alternate using 1-inch and a 1-1/4 inch barrel curling irons to add curls through the bottom. Create fuller curls in the front and less curls in the back.Spray each section with heat setting spray prior to curling to ensure your curls last all night. Curl hair away from the face for a sexy look rather than a “school girl” look.Add extra style memory with a medium or high hold hairspray.Finish with a flexible medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Aveda Brilliant Medium Hold Hairspray defends against humidity and adds brilliant shine and definition.

Best Face Shapes:

Oval, round, square, heart

Pin-Up Posh

Shiny curls complete this pretty pin up-inspired hairstyle that’s perfect for any vintage glam dress!

How to Style: 

Work styling cream through towel-dried hair.Part hair diagonally to one side.Using a medium or large paddle brush, wrap hair around your head as you blow dry completely.Use a 1-1/4 inch barrel curling iron to create large curl shapes at the top. Pin each section in place immediately with a curl clip after curling to let it cool. This step is essential to your style lasting all night!Once the curls have cooled completely, you can gently release them. The bottom curls can be left loose, but the top ones should be arranged and pinned into place with bobby pins right away. Copy the curl arrangement above for a retro look. Do not brush curls out – whole curls are a trademark of the pin up look.Finish with a high or medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Keep bold, red-based hair colors vibrant with Aveda’s Madder Root Shampoo and Conditioner.

Best Face Shapes:

oval, round, diamond, pear

Gorgeous Crystal Headband

Gorgeous Crystal Headband
Instagram @hairstyledby_k

Adaptable Glamour

Adaptable Glamour hairstyle
Instagram @hairbynataliew

Film Noir

With finger waves giving a nod to the twenties, this short down hairstyle is perfect for those who want a little sass in their prom ‘do!

Film Noir Style with Finger Curls Side View
Film Noir Style with Finger Curls Side View

How to Style: 

Work styling cream through towel dried hair.Part hair to one side.Blow dry hair with a medium-sized paddle brush, wrapping hair around your head as you dry.Use a ¾-inch barrel curling iron to create waves in the two front sections of your hair. Create a two inch-wide section on either side of your part. Make one wave at a time by clamping down at the top, then shifting over a bit and clamping down just below that and so on, until the finger waves are complete.Curl the rest of your hair with the curling iron.Break up loose curls to soften them.Finish with a medium or high hold hairspray and a bit of shine spray.

Recommended Products:

Try Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Styling Treatment Oil with natural dry oils that tame frizz and provide soft, silky shine.

Best Face Shapes:

oval, diamond, long, pear

Glam Goddess

Corkscrew curls are perfectly polished and accented with a rhinestone barrette in this elegant, all-down look.

How to Style: 

Work styling serum through towel dried hair.Part hair to one side.Blow dry hair completely, using a paddle brush to wrap hair around your head as you go.Working from bottom to top, curl all your hair.Curl hair with a 1-inch barrel curling iron, working in small sections to make the job easier. Use gator clips to keep hair out of the way of the section you’re working on. Spray a heat setting spray on each section before curling.When releasing each curl, gently unwind the curl from the iron rather than pulling the iron from your hair.Add a rhinestone hair accessory for extra glam!Finish with a shine-infusing hairspray that is also humidity-resistant.

Recommended Products:

Try Matrix Biolage Blow In Control for body, conditioning, and a finish that is soft to the touch.

Best Face Shapes:

oval, round, square

Beige Blonde Beauty

Dark blonde, touchable tresses styled loosely are the perfect addition to a strapless dress.

Beige Blonde Pretty Blonde Style with Volume Side View

How to Style: 

Work styling cream through towel dried hair.Part hair to one side.Use fingers to tousle hair as you dry, then finish with a medium paddle brush to smooth as you blow dry completely.Use a 1-inch barrel curling iron to add curls throughout. Curl only the ends of fringe to keep it smoother than the rest.Finish with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Finish with OSiS Elastic — a hairspray with moveable, touchable styling control.

Best Face Shapes:

Oval, heart, diamond, square, round

Charming Chestnut

A shorter side fringe keeps this luscious curly hairstyle balanced. Warm brown hues show through the texture of the curls.

Down Hairstyles for Prom
Charming Chestnut Long Hair with Highlights

How to Style:

Work styling cream through towel dried hair.Part hair to one side.Using a medium paddle brush, wrap hair around head as you dry completely.For the fringe section, blow dry hair forward, then gently sweep it to one side.When hair is completely dry, add curls with a 1-inch barrel curling iron. Be sure to spray each section with a heat setting spray prior to curling.Finish with medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Check out KMS California Free Shape Hot Flex Spray. It protects hair from the hot temperatures of styling tools and provides heat-activated shaping and hold.

Best Face Shapes:

oval, long, square, round, heart

Shine Down

Soft, shiny curls accentuate facial features and give off a sexy vibe in this glamorous, all-down hairstyle.

Shine Down Soft Shiny Curls

How to Style: 

Part dry hair deep to one side.Use a flat iron to smooth hair from the top to the middle.Use a 1-inch barrel curling iron to add curls through the bottom. Spray each section with heat setting spray prior to curling to ensure your curls last all night.Add extra style memory with a medium or high hold hairspray.Finish with a fine mist of shine spray or dry oil.

Recommended Products:

Moroccan Oil Glimmer Shine is a finishing spray that attracts and reflects light to give hair a gorgeous gloss.

Best Face Shapes:

Oval, round, square, heart

Long and Luscious Locks

Volume in the top with a beautiful cascade of long, soft curls through the ends is a beautiful down hairstyle that scream prom queen!

Long and Luscious Locks

How to Style: 

Part dry hair in the middle.Use a large curling iron to add volume and bend through the top sections.Use a 1-inch barrel curling iron to add curls through the bottom. Spray each section with heat setting spray prior to curling to ensure your curls last all night.Add extra style memory with a medium or high hold hairspray.Finish with a fine mist of shine spray or dry oil.

Recommended Products:

Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Dry Oil Micromist provides a weightless, satin finish for silky sleek hair.

Best Face Shapes:

Oval, round, diamond

Simple Braid

Instagram @hairbytoriwest

Delicant & Elegant

Delicant & Elegant hairstyle
Instagram @mari_wedding_stylist

Stacked Curls

Short hair goes formal with dual texture in a side-swept fringe and curls!

Stacked Curls with Fringe Side View

How to Style: 

Work styling foam through towel dried hair.Part fringe forward and the rest of hair to one side.Use a large round brush or medium paddle brush to blow dry fringe forward, then gently sweep to one side.Curl the rest of your hair with a 3/4-inch barrel curling iron.Finish with a shine-infusing medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Prep hair with Alterna Caviar Perfect Iron Spray before curling to protect strands from the heat of styling tools.

Best Face Shapes:

Oval, pear, long

Dark Diva

The length of these patent finish spirals will perfectly accentuate a strapless dress!

Dark Diva Long Spiral Curls Side View
Dark Diva Long Spiral Curls Side View

How to Style: 

Part dry hair deep to one side.Use a flat iron to smooth the top sections of your hair, especially the heavier side of your part.Use a 1-inch curling wand to add curly waves throughout hair on the smaller side of your part, and through the mid-lengths and ends of the heavier side of your part. Wind hair around the outside of the wand to create these curls. Spray each section with heat setting spray prior to curling to ensure your curls last all night.Add extra style memory with a medium or high hold hairspray.Finish with a fine mist of shine spray or dry oil.

Recommended Products:

OSiS Sparkler provides instant sparkling shine to any hairstyle.

Best Face Shapes:

Oval, square, round, heart

Romantic Fishtail Braid

Romantic Fishtail Braid
Instagram @razhairdesign

Sweet Waterfall Braid

Instagram @shar_stylist

Formal Shoulder Length Bob

Instagram @justinemarjan

Fabulous Finger Waves

Tight, smooth finger waves gradually become curls full of movement and shine in this glossy look!

Fabulous Finger Waves Shiny Look Front View
Fabulous Finger Waves Shiny Look Front View

How to Style: 

Part straight hair to one side.Work gel through dry hair, concentrating on top section.Create finger waves by placing one finger where you want the first wave to be, then placing another finger just below that. Shift the second finger about ½-inch to the right or left, depending on the pattern you would like to create. Now hold the second finger where it is and place the first finger under the second. Shift the first finger the opposite way. Continue the pattern by repeating these steps and alternating the finger you use to create the wave.Set the waves by drying the gel with a blow dryer on medium-high heat.Curl the rest of your hair with the curling iron.Break up loose curls for a softer look.Finish with a medium or high hold hairspray and a bit of shine spray.

Recommended Products:

Big Sexy Hair Weather Proof is a high-performance spray that promises to keep your hairstyle intact, removing the chance of humidity attacking mishaps.

Best Face Shapes:

Oval, long, diamond

Romantic Hair Pins

Instagram @krystlewaiviohair

Deep Side Part

A deep side parted downdo for Prom
Instagram @chancellarwelch

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